Friday, March 09, 2007

Oh no! The kids are listening to the rap music!

I found this on Idolator and thought it to be worthy of sharing. It's a segment on Fox News's "The Big Story with John Gibson" about how two teenagers in Dallas were arrested for giving two toddlers the mari-ja-wana, and videotaping themselves in the process. Wow. As depressing as that story is, it's not nearly as depressing as the discussion that follows between founder Chuck Creekmur and Mr. Gibson. For you see, Mr. Gibson believes that rap music should be blamed for the behavior of the two teenagers, due the fact that some rap music talks about smoking blunts. Mr. Creekmur counters that, while hip-hop glorifies some unsavory behavior, blame should lie solely with the mainstream culture which doesn't give positive hip-hop it's due (in addition to the parents and the major label executives who sign and promote acts like 50 Cent). Mr. Gibson counters by having his head explode.

click here for the transcript

My favorite moments include Gibson referring to his own hip-hop collection (which I bet doesn't include It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back ) and lamenting about how kids aren't listening to music like the Carpenters, like they did back in the day. Speaking of the day, weren't The Carpenters popular in the early 70s? Around the same time that, say, a group like Black Sabbath was popular? And didn't Black Sabbath have a song called..."Sweet Leaf," about a certain form of herbal consolation? Or maybe I'm thinking about The Ramones having a song called "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue."

But no. It's just hip-hop that glorifies marijuana use and bad behavior. Everyone else in the history of rock has only sung about daisies, kittens, kisses and Jesus. Yeah, that's right. That's the ticket!

(Jonathan Graef)


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