When censorship bites the hand that supports it

Mind boggling… It is shocking that, no matter how bad a song it is, Money For Nothing is being banned from Candian airwaves for using an offensive word.
The word in use is fa**ot, but the ban ignores the context in which it is used, which is actually hyper-critical of the character that is singing the song. May as well burn copies of Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and To Kill A Mockingbird because they use the N word, regardless of the context in which it is used.

Of course, we already have instances of places in the United States banning Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer because of its use of the N word which has lead to edited versions being released.

What a world we now live in when artistic works that actually support causes of equality are now being removed because of their use of a word that could be offensive if it is used in a certain context. How depressing.


Jared Loughner and the Politics of Rhetoric

Whatever the situation with this disturbed young man and his actions in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday one thing is clear. The political rhetoric, on both sides but in particular from the dominant right wing news channel (FOX) and the dominant right wing radio hosts, as well as certain gun loving half-term governors, has to stop.

The violent rhetoric of guns may not be directly connected to the violence seen on Saturday in the USA, but what it has done is fostered the climate that allows a disturbed young man to thrive like this.

The sooner America realises that using terminology like “Don’t Retreat, Reload” and using imagery like gun sights when targeting political opponents is unacceptable, the sooner proper political discussion can happen.

The Daily Mail – Contrary morons

Do you want to know what really gets my back up about the British press? It isn’t their snidey reporting of the lives of celebrities as if its some kind of news worthy event, its the contrary way they can’t decide what side they want to be on from one day to the next, or in the case of the Daily Mail, on the same day, or sometimes even within the same hour.

Take this for example:
9:31 AM – 1st October 2010 – Prince Charles is right. This cruel, witless modern comedy is beyond a joke written by Jan Moir. Yes she who decided that Steven Gateley died of a twisted and cruel disease known as gay of all people. This badly informed article attacks Frankie Boyle and says that we’re all missing Victoria Wood. No my dear, you are. I’m happy with Frankie and his bitterly witty and sharp barbs aimed so high that you can’t even understand the joke.

Then, take this:

10:26AM – 1st October 2010 – Death of the office joke: Britain enacts PC equality law which means ANYONE can sue for ANYTHING that offends them Not even an hour and they’ve changed their fucking tune haven’t they! Now they are holding the moral baton for the right to offend, instead of the right to be not offended.

You know Paul Dacre and your have it every way cronies at the Mail, if you could at least be consistent then you’d make it at least a little bit hard to actually attack your hideous beliefs put into print.

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