Originally Posted by JeremyR
Oh please, the Dixie Chicks only got "censored" because the country stations didn't want to lose listeners.
Bruce Springsteen & Bon Jovi pretty much say the same things, yet the demographics of rock radio is different than country. Ditto for Green Day and Rage Against the Machine on "Modern Rock" stations.
Stations tailor their music to their audience.
OTOH, I didn't hear many complaints about some people boycotting Ted Nugent's music for his recent comments. Funny how it only goes one way...
If a consumer boycotts the Dixie Chicks or Ted Nugent because of their political views, thats their right. If a government or corporation does it, thats plain wrong. One is freedom of choice. The other is denying that freedom based upon on one's own preferences. I would never support a radio station banning Nugent. Let the listeners change the channel if they don't like it.
Didya mention Rage Against the Machine? From Wikipedia
Following the September 11 attacks on New York and The Pentagon, radio stations circulated a list of songs that were deemed inappropriate for broadcast during the time of national mourning following the attacks. A small list was initially generated by the Clear Channel office on Thursday, September 13, 2001, though individual program directors added many of their own songs. A list containing about 150 songs was soon published on the Internet. Some critics[who?] suggested that Clear Channel's political preferences played a part in the list. A number of songs were apparently placed on the list because they had specific words such as "plane", "fly", "burn," and "falling" in their titles. Clear Channel denies that this was a list of banned songs, claiming it was a list of titles that should be played only after great thought. Also WOFX, Cincinnati, owned by Clear Channel at the time continued to play songs that were on the alleged list, even though radio headquarters was in Cincinnati at the time. Songs on the list included Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'", Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" and the entire Rage Against the Machine discography.
With corporations like that, who needs government censorship?