Zero (malfunctionzero) wrote in debate2,
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Censorship

One thing that I've always wondered about is why some things are apparently so bad that they need to be censored even on a completely "uncensored" CD that you purchase in a store. CDs which contain swearing come in 2 versions: Clean, and Parental Advisory. No more, no less. If you buy the clean version, swearing is blanked out or replaced. If you buy the Explicit version, swearing is present. However, even on Explicit CDs, there are apparently things that are so controvercial that they can never be released to the public. This bothers me because when you pay full price for a cd, you expect to get the artist's work. Their complete work. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings either, but I don't want my artists censored. Below are three examples from various Eminem songs. And yes, these are from the FULL versions of the songs, on the Explicit Parental Advisory versions of the cds.

The words in [ ] are blanked out on the cd.

I'm Back

I take seven [kids] from [Columbine], stand 'em all in line
Add an AK-47, a revolver, a nine
a Mack-11 and it oughta solve the problem of mine
and that's a whole school of bullies shot up all at one time


Like Toy Soliders

It wasn't my intentions, my intentions were good
I went through my whole career without ever mentionin [Suge]


Marshall Mathers

Shit, where the fuck you think I picked up the habit?
All I had to do was go in her room and lift up her mattress
Which is it bitch, Mrs. Briggs or Ms. Mathers?
It doesn't matter your [attorney Fred Gibson's a] faggot!


Hailie's Song

How proud I am that I got her, God, I'm a daddy.
I'm so glad that her mom didn't [abort her]


The only way we even know what was supposed to go in those [ ] is by the artist's original notes which have been posted as lyrics on some sites. Nowhere can you get ahold of a copy of these songs that contains those words. Maybe, maybe the original tracks in the studio have them, but my guess is that he never even said them, even when recording. I understand that talking about Columbine is controvercial, as is calling someone who sues people a faggot (not a smart move, true) but I would have thought with all the anti-censorship envelope-pushing Eminem does, he wouldn't have allowed this.

Should there be certain things you just can't say... anywhere? Or is that against our rights?
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