I wish this asshole had left his e-mail.
A Case of Censorship
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by Omar Lutfey
It has taken quite a while, but it appears most of the noise has died down from the "Ozzfest" concert that took place at Mile High Stadium on June 21, 2001. The concert, named as a tribute to the musical style of the rock musician Ozzy Osborne, received quite a bit of attention due to the inclusion of Marilyn Manson in the lineup. Various individuals and religious organizations requested that Mr. Manson not perform at the concert in respect for the violent occurrence at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people before committing suicide.
Marilyn declined the invitation to stay out of town, and the concert took place without any large scale disruptions to the city of Denver. Now that the commotion is gone, we should sit down and carefully explain to our children why they should to be protected from hearing certain types of music. Here are some examples of various offensive lyrics and why we need to bury them in a deep, deep hole somewhere:
"I Want To Disappear" by Marilyn Manson.
"I wanna die young and sell my soul, use up all your drugs and make you come." These lyrics clearly promote suicide. Just by looking at the way he dresses you can tell something is wrong. If his music could stand up on it's own, he would not require the use of such distracting outfits when performing. The vocal inflections and musical accompaniment which mimic that of a cat who's tail is caught in a running garbage disposal are instruments of deception designed to mask the inherent wrongness of the lyrics.
"Suicide Solution" by Ozzy Osborne.
"Wine is fine, but whiskey's quicker, suicide is slow with liquor, take a bottle drain your sorrows, candied thoughts await tomorrows."
I don't know if Marilyn and Ozzy are friends, but these lyrics seem to have a lot in common. Legal action was brought against Mr. Osborne after a 19-year-old man killed himself in October 1984 while listening to this song. The suit was eventually dismissed after the defendant told the court a story about how the song was about a friend in the band who died after excessive drinking. Even if this story is true, we can't go around letting children misinterpret such lyrics.
"Can't Stand Losing You" by The Police.
"I guess this is our last good-bye, and you don't care so I won't cry, but you'll be sorry when I'm dead, and all this guilt will be on your head, I guess you'd call it suicide, but I'm too full to swallow my pride."
While the visible and auditory harshness of "musicians" such as Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osborne raise a red flag to wildly inappropriate lyrics, occasionally artists who are more mainstream can produce lyrics that need to be hidden from our children's ears. The artist known as Sting was the lead singer for the band, The Police. Sting doesn't wear deviant clothing, and his musical style appeals to a wide cross section of our society. This makes him even that much more dangerous to our children. He looks like one of us, but he wants all of our children to kill themselves. Anyone who lets their children listen to this type of music might as well go out and buy their kids a few handguns and some whisky.
Theme song to MASH
"Suicide is painless, it brings on many changes, and I can take or leave it if I please. And you can do the same thing if you choose."
As if a movie that makes fun of the Korean war isn't bad enough, the theme song to the movie openly talks about the advantages of suicide. One of the plot lines of the movie involves a group of doctors who help another man kill himself. In one scene an enlisted man sings the theme song with a pleasant guitar accompaniment while the suicide victim lays in a coffin saying his last good-byes to his so-called friends. This emotional sequence of events can have a profound effect on not only children, but also adults.
While the 1970s movie isn't aired very often, the situation comedy based directly on the movie is still actively aired on several syndicated channels. Several cable television channels claiming to be family oriented air this series, along with an instrumental version of the theme song on a nightly basis. Our children could be humming along to this evil song without even realizing they are thinking of killing themselves.
These are but a few examples of the evil that exists in the world. We must send a message to the world that we don't want our children being exposed to this type of music. It should be banned from the radio stations, music stores and the Internet. We have a duty to monitor our children's experiences, to insulate them from that which is bad and unpleasant. Kids today have enough to worry about without having musicians putting crazy ideas into their heads.
Omar Lutfey lives in Boulder. Speaking out is an unsolicited column written by Boulder Weekly readers. Opinions expressed in Speaking Out should not be construed as those of the Boulder Weekly publisher, editor or staff.
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