Thursday, May 21, 2009
Green Day and Wal Mart. Oh, the Humanity!
Poor Green Day. In an Associated Press article this morning, the band is kvetching at Wal Mart because the chain won't carry their new CD unless the band makes it available in a "clean version."
You see, it's been long standing store policy that they won't carry CDs with parental advisory stickers on them. The band has the option of doing an edited version removing the obscenities and expletives, which many do so that they can take advantage of Wal Mart's ability to move product. Green Day believes this is "censorship," a frenzied cry we often hear when people raise objections to smut, whether it be in music or art.
First, censorship by definition is government enforced. Wal Mart can't censor anyone. No one is telling Green Day, or any other artist, that they can't produce and market all the filth they want. There are other outlets out there who would be more than willing to carry their CD. At the same time, no one can force a private company or retailer to carry things that violate their ethos or policy.
But instead, Green Day would rather whine and make themselves out to be martyrs for the sake of "self-expression."
I've got a better suggestion. Why not just clean up your act? Maybe you like swimming in cesspools, but you don't have the right to drag everyone else into the tank with you.