Is the Parental Advisory Sign Necessary
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Is the Parental Advisory Sign Necessary?
In 1989 when the black and white logo that warned parents about the content in certain musical recordings was being enforced, kids under the age of 16 were not allowed to purchase those certain records/cd's or tapes. Now days there are more kids between the ages of 11 and 15 that are buying explicit content recordings than people of an older age group. The main purpose of the Parental Advisory sign was originally to stray kids away from the evil lyrics of the new generation of music, now I think the only purpose of the content warning sticker is to make the recording more tempting to buy. In my opinion the parental advisory sticker is not necessary because no one is enforcing the rules, all it is now is a symbol to make the liner notes in C.D's and tapes more cool looking.
It all started in 1989 when the rap group the 2 live crew came out with their CD "As nasty as they wanna be". When the hit single came out "Me so Horney" parents around the United States were claiming that the CD and the song were extremely obscene. The parents complained to the National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA) that the recording was not appropriate for their children to be listening too. So the NPTA struck up a deal with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) to put a noticeable logo on explicit recordings like that of the 2 Live Crew and the Beastie Boys. That is the creation of the parental advisory sign.
Back then in the early 90's rap was just starting to emerge into the music scene, rap was considered by most as a more explicit form of music so pretty much almost of all the rap recordings that have came out since the early 90's have had a explicit logo on them. Now as we enter the 2000 year rap is the largest money making industry out of all of the different music forms and most of the profits that are going to these rap artists are coming from kids under the legal age to purchase their CD's. That just goes to show that music stores are not enforcing any rules about younger children buying explicit CD's. In Michael Eric Dyson's book, Between God And Gangsta Rap, he says, "Almost 90% of all rap albums have a Parental Advisory sign on them, and Almost 90% of American children under the age of 16 of all races have or have purchased a explicit content rap CD or Cassette, 79% of rap record sales come from those children under the age of 16. Now will you answer me what is the point of the explicit content logo when it's sole purpose was to keep these children under the age of 16 from buying these explicit recordings?"
After my research about the parental advisory symbol I have come to a conclusion, the symbol is pointless when no one is enforcing any rules. The symbol in my opinion should be taken off the musical compositions that only a small number of people object to. It is just another example of useless censorship like the ratings on movies, it might be difficult to see R rated movies in the theater but people do it anyway and plus any one can rent a R rated movie when it comes out onto videos. The amendment that falsely states that there is freedom of speech should be changed to, "There is freedom of speech but if we don't like it then we will censor you."
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African diaspora, Censorship, Censorship in the United States, Censorship of music, Music, African-American culture, Censorship in the United Kingdom, Parental Advisory, Self-censorship, 2 Live Crew, Motion Picture Association of America film rating system, Nas
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