Friday, July 06, 2007

Fish or Cut Bait, Gore

From Wikipedia:

"Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was an American committee formed in 1985 by four women: Tipper Gore, wife of Senator and later Vice President Al Gore; Susan Baker, wife of Treasury Secretary James Baker; Pam Howar, wife of Washington realtor Raymond Howar; and Sally Nevius, wife of Washington City Council Chairman John Nevius. They were known as the "Washington wives" — a reference to their husbands' connections with the federal government. The Center eventually grew to include 22 directors.

The PMRC claimed that popular music, and especially rock and heavy metal music, was partially responsible for the contemporary increase in rape, teenage pregnancy, and teen suicide. The group's mission was "to educate and inform parents" about "the growing trend in music towards lyrics that are sexually explicit, excessively violent, or glorify the use of drugs and alcohol," and to seek the censorship and rating of music."

Look at this weekend's slate of performers and ask yourself, at what point does the end justify the means? Either Tipper was wrong in attacking rock music and setting up parameters to free speech OR the whole Global Warming crowd is bowing down to an appeal from those who should be squelched. I would assume Mrs. Gore would want the religion of Global Warming widely spread, but if we condemn ministers for using questionable material to lure new converts to the fold, then is this any different? Does an internationally televised series of venues not "glorify" rock lyrics and concepts that should be otherwise condemned? You really want people to believe that the "family centered music" of Madonna, Pussycat Dolls and some group called Rip Slyme is a positive musical statement? Don't get me wrong, personally I like many of the performers on the slate, but when you look at the condemnation of rock music by Mrs. Gore and then see this magic flip to using the same type of music to push a political agenda, then there's something fishy.

PS. I think that this series of broadcasts should be labeled for the political programming that it is. And as such, I think that equal time needs to be enforced.

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