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Rap and the Christmas paradePosted Wednesday, December 12, 2007, at 10:15 AM
Several reader comments on Sadie Fowler's blog about Shelbyville's Christmas parade indicated disagreement with a rapper's presence.
Why? If his words weren't obscene or violent, rap in itself is (or should be) as acceptable as any other form of music. After all, it's as legitimate an art form as any other type of performing arts.
I'd agree that a family event isn't the place for offensive lyrics.
As far as the rapper not doing traditional-style Christmas music, few complain about the rock and country stars on floats in the annual big-city Thanksgiving Day parades performing their latest non-holiday hits.
I hope those who were "offended" weren't complaining because of racism. If you don't like a particular style of music (or, should we say, ethnic music), fine. Don't listen. But don't try to ban something for others just because you don't prefer it.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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