Anderton Posted July 16, 2000 Share Posted July 16, 2000 If you've heard Eminem's CD, you know what I'm talking about. But overall, there are a lot of misogynistic, gay-bashing, crime-promoting lyrics out there. So what do we do, if anything? This is a tough call, because there's a reason why the first amendment came first, and I really do believe people have the right to say whatever they want (if nothing else, letting people make fools of themselves in public is as good a way as any to destroy any credibility they might have). But as record industry insider Bob Lefsetz pointed out in a recent newsletter, does this mean that someone like Eminem should be given millions of dollars in promotion to push his views? If, say, DreamWorks gave a huge push to a white supremicist or militant black hate group (hey, equal time here!), wouldn't there be an uproar? We know censorship doesn't work anyway. The question revolves more around what is a company's responsibility to the public? Solely to make money for its stockholders? Attempt to push a particular agenda? Just act neutral and push whatever comes in? Are warning stickers and/or releasing both "explicit" and "clean" versions the way to go? Or does maintaining a high shock level simply cover up for people who have nothing more creative to say? I don't have any answers. Let's hear your opinions. Craig Anderton Educational site: http://www.craiganderton.org Music: http://www.youtube.com/thecraiganderton Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/craig_anderton Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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