A New Jersey judge was forced to decide an odd case: Is it OK to take an 11-year-old girl to a concert by rocker Pink, whose lyrics can sometimes be bit racy for a pre-teen.
And it took him 37 pages to spell out his decision: She wasn't harmed, and it's not proof of bad parenting.
Superior Court Judge Lawrence R. Jones oversaw a case in which the girl's father claimed his former wife had abused her parental discretion by taking their daughter to the concert. No surprise, the couple is now divorced.
And Jones got jiggy with his ruling. He quoted lines from the film "Gone With the Wind" and referencing Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. His ruling also included a short history of rock 'n' roll and a rather stern commentary on the use of judges as referees for bitter divorced parents.
In question was the mother's decision to allow their daughter to attend a December 2013 Pink concert in Newark.
The judge found that the mother "in no way, shape or form exceeded the boundaries of reasonable parental judgment" in taking the girl to the show during her own parenting time, the Associated Press reported. He also found that she didn't subject the child to any unreasonable risk of harm, or compromise the girl's health, safety or welfare.
"To the contrary, when all the smoke from the custody litigation clears, it will be self-evident that all which happened here is that a young girl went to her first rock concert with her mother and had a really great time," the judge wrote in his decision, which quoted the lyrics from Pink's songs "The Great Escape" and "Perfect" as examples of messages for adolescents.