Friday, January 28, 2005

The real meaning of indecency

WQHT–FM Radio (aka- hot 97) in New York City was denounced by public officials (among others) for its production and repeated broadcasts of its so-called "Tsunami Song.” The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was also called upon to investigate the matter and impose penalties.

Here are the words, sung to "We Are The World", as sick as it is:

"There was a time, when the sun was shining bright
So I went down to the beach to catch me a tan.
Then the next thing I knew, a wave 20 feet high
Came and washed your whole country away.
And all at once, you can hear the screaming chinks.
And no one was saved from the wave.
There were Africans drowning, little Chinamen swept away.
You can hear God laughing, 'Swim you bitches swim.'"
"So now you're screwed. It's the tsunami,
You better run and kiss your ass away. Go find your mommy.
I just saw her float by, a tree went through her head.
And now your children will be sold. Child slavery."

Personally, the idea of censorship of the media is not something that appeals to me in the very least; however, I think that considering the way the FCC manages to find faults and flaws in things that are so natural like consensual sex between adults or a random display of the human body (I still don’t see the big deal about Janet’s “wardrobe malfunction”… is not like she is the only person out there with breasts!) all in the spirit of “decency”, I think that they should look for faults where they are, like in this song. Not even a month ago two hundred thousand people died, many children were left orphaned, many lost every earthly belonging they ever had and in good ole’ NY there are DJs (Miss Jones) who think is funny to play a song with those lyrics to the music of a song that was intended to bring hope. Now THAT is indecent.

It is indecent to use such offensive racial slurs to refer to people who have gone through so much, and it is my belief that if Clear Channel Communications is going to get fined because Howard Stern talked about sex, then Hot 97 and its parent company, Emmis Communication, should get fined for promoting hatred, showing intolerance, and disrupting the peace. This is what I would define as indecent.

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