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Getting down and getting crudePosted Monday, February 1, 2010, at 3:29 PM
One performance at Sunday night's Grammy awards provides a glimpse at one thing wrong with our world today.
From the Associated Press:
"An arresting performance of "Forever" and "Drop the World" with rappers Lil' Wayne, Drake and Eminem was rendered virtually incomprehensible by craters of silence inserted by CBS censors."
The phrasing of that sentence sounds like AP writer David Bauder may have disagreed with the censors.
The lyrics of "Forever" contain 18 instances of a word which crudely refers to human waste, and that's just the beginning. The amount of foul language in that song and "Drop the World" is ridiculous, and I don't consider myself a prude.
So much rap and hard rock today is filled with hate and filth, and what's worse is that performers, critics and many listeners are critical of and attack those who are offended.
More and more, some forms of rock and rap (so-called "alternative" rock, especially) seem to be the realm of those who are alienated from the world - or, maybe more accurately, those wounded by others or what they see as life in general.
There's a message within those sometimes unpleasant-to-hear raps and songs -- a message of some groups of people crying out to be heard and accepted by a world which seems to have turned its back. Maybe we should be noticing the deeper feelings behind the lyrics.
But is the foul language necessary?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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