In 1990 the Miami, Florida based rap group 2 Live Crew
became embroiled in a firestorm of controversy over the lyrics in some of their songs (most notably their song As Nasty As They Wanna Be
) which some politicians claimed promoted sexual brutality against women. Broward County Sherriff Nick Navarro
sent a memo to music stores that stated that selling 2 Live Crew's albums may be prosecutable over what they believed were obscenity violations in their songs. Eventually, one local music retailer was even arrested as he sold one of 2 Live Crew's albums to an undercover cop. A U.S. District Court Judge Jose Gonzalez
even affirmed the initial ruling saying that the lyrics were obscene and should be illegal to sell. 2 Live Crew took the matter to court, and in 1992 a U.S. Appeals Court overturned Gonzalez's ruling. The result of the controversy was that it vaulted 2 Live Crew to a brief moment of fame and served as the engine for the group to sell over 2 million albums of As Nasty As They Wanna to Be
. Yet the legal fight wasn't over, and 2 Live Crew was hammered with a few more lawsuits from heavy metal group Van Halen
for not having permission to use one of his songs in a 2 Live Crew adaptation and even Star Wars
creator George Lucas
who sued the group over their attempt to create their new company Luke Skyywalker Records
. Both lawsuits were successful, and 2 Live Crew decided to take their protest to their music in their next album Banned in the U.S.A.
in which had permission to use the music from Bruce Springsteen
's Born in the USA
. "We've got white collar people trying to grab our style, saying we're too nasty and we're too live, corrupted politicians playing games, bringing us down to boost their fame, they must be joking when they think we will fall, but they're like flies movin' the wall, we will stand tall from beginning to end, with help from fans and all our friends, freedom of speech will never die, for us to help our ancestors died, don't keep thinking that we will quit, we'll always stand and never sit, we're 2 live, 2 black, 2 strong, doing the right thing and not the wrong, so listen up, y'all, to what we say, we won't be banned in the U.S.A.!" is just a small part of this signature song. I remember this rather vividly as a kid, and how it really brought up the issue of censorship and the 1st Amendment. For kids who felt they were being 'censored' 2 Live Crew's Banned in the U.S.A. became their anthem.
The blogging universe is a diverse place where opinions are tossed about with little to no hesitation and the unfiltered nature of it is appealing for those people looking for a raw "not just the company line" point of view. I would be a complete hypocrite if I pushed for a strong censorship of blogs but I do wish to hold myself to at least some standard of general ethics. I would hope any of my blogging comrades out there would do so, but that is their personal choice to make. Much the same can be said for those in talk radio which in many cases is a prolonged audio version of an editorial. Some radio personalities shoot for being funny with satire and extreme sarcasm like AM 1130's KFAN's 'the Common Man' Dan Cole
or others blast away with pure arrogance like a Rush Limbaugh
as they promote themselves and their views. In the case of Limbaugh, he doesn't care how bigoted or inappropriate his statements may be as he wants the publicity of shock and controversy. As is the case in the blogging universe, radio probably has a personality for virtually any type of potential listener out there. Sports radio has its share of homers and eternal pessimists (haters) and that's just fine as in most cases the views tossed around give listeners a balance of opinions to consider. So what does this have to do with hockey? I was listening to XM radio after football practice and was tuned into NHL Home Ice
where they had a recording of a show with their radio personality Jim "Boomer" Gordon. Gordon was explaining how the Minnesota Wild made a foolish move to trade away Brent Burns
and Martin Havlat
to San Jose for Devin Setoguchi
and Dany Heatley
. He felt the Wild were going to be highly disappointed in Heatley as he felt the 30-year old has lost a step to his game. So just who is Jim "Boomer" Gordon? Click on "Read More" for the rest of the article...