Clear Channel Communications, the world’s largest radio network, has sent out a list of songs that they consider “lyrically objectionable” in light of the tragedies. (View the list here) Some songs are considered obviously violent in their intent, but many merely are written metaphorically, and certainly aren’t meant to be compared to the tragedies.
And of course, much of the music that is on the list is either heavy metal, hard rock, or nü metal. And frankly, I’m tired of loud music being the scapegoat of all that is wrong with the world. Loud/angry/depressed/bitter music is not the cause, it is the symptom. The list says that “all Rage Against the Machine songs” should be banned. Yes, they are an extremely political band, but not even listing all the songs seems like such a cop-out to me. We should be able to decide for ourselves. And if something bothers you that much, change the station. Or turn it off.
Sure some songs will upset people. But that’s what the off button is for. That sounds callous and cold, but we have to remember that some people listen to violent, angry music to release their own aggressions, tensions and worries. What do we do for those people if that outlet is taken away? Everywhere I look, I keep seeing people say “turn off the TV, get off the Internet, turn off the radio” so we don’t become overloaded with grief. And if listening to music makes you sad, angry or depressed, don’t listen to it.
Banning certain songs from the radio is not going to make people stop hurting. And I don’t think that this is something that should be an issue right now. There are so many other things that need to be worried about right now. We can’t hide from what is out there, but we can talk about it together. If a song does something to you, why not talk about it? Maybe then fears could be reduced.
(Link found via Snazzykat)