Music Censorship

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The Beatles were denied airplay as their songs such as “A Day in the Life” and “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” were related to the use of the drug. Prodigy song, “Smack My Bitch Up” was banned because it was degrading the female. Eminem song, “Relapse” was censored because it had a lot of blood and it was deemed too scary for TV watchers.

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Mathangi Arulpragasam suffered censorship because the censor viewed the song, “Late Night With Dave Letterman” as violent because of use of violence since it has gunshots as its beats. Garth Brooks was censored in 1991 for violence music, “The Thunder Rolls” the song was banned from the stations such as TNN. Miley Cyrus was banned from performing in China because she took a photo when slanting her eyes to imitate China slanting eyes in 2009. Elvis Costello and his friend were denied work visa in the US to perform their song “Radio Radio” because the censor deemed that they were anti-media in 1987. Lady Gaga was also censored to perform in Indonesia in 2012 because censor feared that her sexy moves and body would corrupt the mind of their youth in 2012 causing a riot and threatening to use excessive force if she tried to perform by force (Landman n.p.). The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) an organization in the US aimed at controlling media that they deemed unfit for the masses. The organization was formed by women whose husbands were in power in 1985 such as Tipper Gore, wife of vice president who was also a senator, Al Gore; Susan Becker wife of treasury secretary, among others. Those women together were known as the Washington Wives. The organization stopped working in late 1990. The organization critical role was to increase parental control over what their children were watching by labeling media with stickers referred to as parental advisory stickers (Floorwalker n.p.). Parental advisory works to protect the person who is old enough to choose what they want to watch. For example, a father will not buy a movie with a sex sticker for his children. However, when the children see the disk rated sex or violent they will want that and they will but it.

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