Friday, September 29, 2006

An e-mail to music TV channel Scuzz

A couple of weeks ago, I sent this e-mail to music TV channel Scuzz via their website. I'm still waiting to hear back...

Please, please, please can you stop some of the ridiculous censorship of song lyrics? I understand that there are some words that must be censored at certain times of day, but "goddamn"...? Really, must you censor the word "goddamn" in the song "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" by Panic! At The Disco? This is just plain ridiculous. Scuzz is supposed to be a rock channel, and those of us who watch it say fuck and cunt and bollocks, so our channel should reflect that. At the very least it should do after 9pm. And "goddamn" should never be censored. The same goes for scenes of people smoking, such as in Green Day's "Jesus of Suburbia". Censorship decisions such as these are helping turn Britain into a nanny state. Please resist them and keep Scuzz real and rockin'.


Blogger Shep said...

*snigger*...he said dirty words!

29 September, 2006 10:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

censorship is a slippery slope. i'm quite comfortable being the censor for my children. the goddamn govt. can keep their "good" intentions to themselves.

29 September, 2006 13:10  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Shep: I know. I'm big AND clever, see.

Lee: I'm not totally totally against censorship, and I understand that some people should probably be shielded from some things. But not grown, free-thinking adults. If what we see and hear is censored, how can we make intelligent, informed decisions? You are right: it's your job to police what your kids see, not the government's.

29 September, 2006 13:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a rather strong advocate of curse words myself, I completely agree. Bugs the shit out of me when the fucking bible thumping bastards around here censor goddamn out of that song. Plus, that's my favorite part. =(
Okay, really I just wanted to be able to throw out a few cuss in your comments.

29 September, 2006 17:59  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

One thing that really bugs me is when the performers themselves censor their material. Some of these record companies give terrible, although money making, advice.

It so bothered me when Weezer went into the studio and changed their lyrics so they could have radio play. Listen, I like Weezer...but "Hash Pipe" is such a good song, whats the point of even being ana rtist if you censor and compromise your own work like that? Some radio stations in Canada chose to play the version "Half Pipe" (referring instead of hash, a skater term) and in Canada pot is decriminalized.

I don't want kids to do drugs or smoke pot...but I also don't want bands to sissy up their songs either.

Joan Osbourne did a cover of a Prince song once, and I think she butchered it particularily because she changed the lyrics.

She watered down an incredible powerful song..

Princes "What if God was One of Us" "(just a slave like one of us)" Osbourne changed slave to slob. Wimp.

29 September, 2006 18:26  
Blogger Red said...

Oh, Hash Pipe is a constant source of pain for me. Whenever they show the video here, they blank the word "hash" out, so it goes, "I've got my ______ pipe". It's so lame.

But it's even lamer that Weezer self-censored it! I had no idea... Actually, now it reminds me of something I read somewhere... didn't they also censor "We Are All On Drugs" to say "We are all on hugs" or something?!? Almost makes me dislike Weezer... but not quite!

29 September, 2006 18:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ezer good, ezer good, eez eberneezer good!

relax, don't do it, when you wanna suck it do it,
relax don't do it, when ya wanna come.

zieg hiel to the president gasman!

all these and more, censored by your ever loving bbc! we pay the license fee, we should decide!

i will sign any petition you will probably end up starting!

30 September, 2006 17:40  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Angel: It's one of the best bits in the song, to be sure, and it sounds ridiculous censored. Grrr... And cuss all you like. I fucking do.

Candy: You're so right. It's one thing for The Man to fuck up your shit, but for an artist to self-censor... That's the first sign that your art is going down the pan. I like Weezer, too (not as much as Wife does), but their radio-friendly versions is a suck-ass stance to take. You may know that Prince is one of my guilty pleasures and has been since Purple Rain, but I didn't know he wrote that song. Dumb that that woman changed it. God, people are so lame.

Red: You know I agree, kiddo. As annoying as it is to hear censored music vids (Eminem's "Stan" is one of the worse victims), compromising your art is way worse.

Cappy: If such a petition ever happens, you'll be first to know!

30 September, 2006 23:03  
Blogger James K said...

Not that I want to take it too seriously but it is always the subtle censorship like this which makes me feel uneasy about state/government/big company control over our lives.

And it turns us into a nation of prudes. In the States they've had this kind of censorship for ages and the public/media got so offended with Janet Jackson's boob that the whole country stopped working for a day. God forbid what would happen here if Carol Vorderman's brasiere accidentally fell off in the middle of Countdown.

03 October, 2006 13:47  

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