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Monday, June 23, 2008

Stanley Crouch: Your V-Chip Does not Work on MTV and BET

Remember that you read it on THIS blog first. Stanley Crouch has written an article on direct action aimed at defunding the Regime of Booty, Bullets, and Bling. He also spoke with Tim Winter of the Parent's Television Council that dropped a little tidbit about the usefulness of the V-Chip for programming on BET and MTV:

But it is, just like the fate of pimps, getting hard out here for a black businesswoman. Especially since Procter & Gamble, Pepsi, Wal-Mart and General Motors have just pulled ads from BET rap programming.

Most importantly, perhaps, is the fact that Winter noted with the exception of one program on BET, neither BET nor MTV carried content descriptions that would work in conjunction with the V-Chip to block the programs from coming into the homes of parents or warn them about the presence of sexual content, suggestive dialogue, violence or foul language.

I'm shocked.

The point is not denying sex or violence or brutal, even hateful, language. We know they have all been used by serious artists to tell us true and sometimes disturbing things about ourselves. That is very different from pretending that the freedoms artists have gained against the puritanical censorship of work intended for adults should be irresponsibly applied to work intended to do nothing more than exploit or titillate our children by pushing them into areas that they are not mature enough to handle.
New York Daily News

In a phrase...Stop Funding Foolishness! Sometimes all you have to do is ask. It ain't THAT complicated.