Censorship sucks

I've probably yammered about this before, but I'll never forgive Al Gore, Tipper Gore, Joe Lieberman, and the rest of the PMRC censorship clowns for their little stunt which led directly to me purchasing a useless Wu-Tang Clan album. Granted the Wu Tang Clan album was cheaper than expected, but not until I started listening to it did I notice that what I purchased was the censored version.

Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
“Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” (Wu-Tang Clan)

Hard to appreciate good rhythmic flow when so many words are judged as so damaging to impressionable minds that the sounds themselves must be blocked from aspiration. “The Wu Tang Clan ain't nothin' to [wordless beat]” repeated as a chorus just doesn't contain the same flame and fury. Fuck the PMRC, and all those who supported it. I should send a bill to Al Gore and ask him to reimburse me for the cost of the CD, and for the environmental cost of destroying all the censored versions of music likewise discarded.

Frank Zappa said, at the time:

The PMRC proposal is an ill-conceived piece of nonsense which fails to deliver any real benefits to children, infringes the civil liberties of people who are not children, and promises to keep the courts busy for years dealing with the interpretational and enforcemental problems inherent in the proposal's design.

It is my understanding that in law First Amendment issues are decided with a preference for the least restrictive alternative. In this context, the PMRC demands are the equivalent of treating dandruff by decapitation.

Ice T added, to his eternal credit:

Yo Tip, what's the matter? You ain't gettin' no dick?
You're bitchin' about rock'n'roll, that's censorship, dumb bitch
The Constitution says we all got a right to speak
Say what we want Tip, your argument is weak
Hey PMRC, you stupid fuckin' assholes
The sticker on the record is what makes 'em sell gold
Can't you see, you alcoholic idiots
The more you try to suppress us, the larger we get

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