Even the most laid back and egalitarian among us can be insufferable snobs when it comes to coffee, music, cars, beer, or any other pet obsession where things have to be just so. What are you snobbish about?
I think I’m egalitarian about music censorship. If a song was produced containing foul language, it should stay that way. I don’t appreciate music that has been “bleeped”. Why should it be? If someone likes the word motherf*cker, and expresses that in a song, then let them be. Let the song be. It adds texture and emotion. Granted, these words aren’t acceptable on radios apparently, but I want to question that. Why would you play a ‘bleeped’ version of James Blunt’s ‘You’re Beautiful’, thereby ruining the emotional peak of that song (yes, I was witness to this IN A MUSIC STORE), and play the entirely toxic song that is Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ on a supposedly family radio station? *cough cough* Capital Fm, I’m looking at you.
I’ll break this down for those of you who got lost in my semi-rant there.
‘You’re Beautiful’ has ONE swear word, which was changed from ‘f*cking high’ to ‘flying high’. It’s a song about a man who sees the woman of his dreams and decides instantly he will never actually get to be with her. It’s heartbreaking. That swear word sums up his unrequited infatuation for a beautiful girl he just met. ‘F*cking high’ adds grit and reality. ‘Flying high’ adds nothing. Ironically, it’s deflating.
‘Anaconda’ only censors the word ‘b*tch’. The few dim – sorry, not sorry – ones of you who haven’t a clue what ‘Anaconda’ could be about, I’m about the break the tension. The song may not have much swearing, but it’s saying how endowed males would only have sex with women with fat asses. Degrading? Yes. Demoralising? Yes. Should be banned from family radio stations? Yes.
In summation, there needs to be more thought put into music censorship, and what should and shouldn’t be censored. What shouldn’t be censored? Harmless songs with a few swear words thrown in. And also there should be more deliberation on WHERE this music goes. I accept that swear songs should be reserved for non-family radio stations, night-time radio, or genre specific radio/sites. But the same goes for songs that aren’t overly censored, that are more vile, disgusting, and horrid, content-wise.
To conclude, I went off on a tangent. And censorship kinda p*sses me off.
This post is a reply to Daily Prompt: Upturned Noses