Essay Censorship

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English 111
October 27, 2013
Have you ever been listening to the radio and heard a “beeeeep” in some parts of the song you’re listening to? You know, the annoying sound that interrupts the song? The sound is a familiar one among those of us that listen to the radio, in particular Rap/hip-hop music stations. This noise is heard because it’s used to bleep out/censor the word that was previously there; the word was most likely ‘bad’ or offensive. Censorship is a growing concern for our society, whether it’s because of the lack of censorship or too much.
To understand censorship, it’s important that you know exactly what it is. According to an article by Jonathan Alter, “Let’s Stop Crying Wolf on Censorship” he believes that
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One rapper who had his lyrics taken in the wrong context was Sir-Mix-A-Lot. "Believe it or not, some people didn't like when I used the word 'mayonnaise.' And I didn't use it in a bad context," insists the rapper. "I'm not talking about sperm when I say 'It ain't good without the mayonnaise.' I'm saying, 'When something's good to you, it's not necessarily good for you.' It's not the tappers whose minds are in the gutters. To equate mayonnaise with sperm, that's kind of sad." (Benesch 42) Some artists feel that being forced to change their words is an obstruction of freedom of speech. Yes, there are FCC regulations that need to be followed but that doesn’t make them moral.
A lot of controversy exists in rap because of the things that are expressed in rap songs and even videos. But deep down rap isn’t all about degrading women, shooting people, or doing drugs. Most and I stress most, rappers rap about their struggles and life growing up but not all of them. Some rappers didn’t have a tough life, but most of the “gangsta rap” raps about real struggles that they and their culture went through. Rap has a history, and to understand why rappers write about the things they do, you have to understand where it came from. "[rap] expresses views and opinions; it has its own language, fashion, the way we walk — that bop, that swagger. It's a subculture that's evolved in the inner city and has become global."
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