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Music is a form of expression and like all forms of expression is protected by first amendment rights So it would be unconstitutional for the government to censor it Music censorship has tormented our generationssociety since the rap groups of the early eighties With their sexual lyrics and explicit content they were the first to be labeled as indecent and explicitCensorship has always been around in some form or another but there has been a lot of dispute over what censorship is exactly Censorship is when a person organization or government that decides if something is unfit or obscene and keeps everyone else from reading having seeing listening to and buying I believe that any form of censorship be it labeling music or preventing such media to a particular audience is wrong and a violation of the first amendment For example in January 1998 a Texas teenager named John Schroeder was arrested for wearing his Marilyn Manson t-shirt Evidently another shopper complained to the store security that she found his t-shirt offensive John was wearing the lipstick t-shirt which has Mansons face on the front I dont think a so-called censored shirt should be worth a two hundred and fifty dollar fine Another example of unfair censorship is an Arizona school officials banned a musical adaptation of Mark Twains Tom Sawyer at Carson Junior High in Mesa The novel contains racial and sexist references and offends law enforcement officials and churchgoers claimed Mesa educatorsIf music is labeled indecent censorship takes the shape of some stores not selling the music because of such labeling The ever so popular store Wal-Mart has refused to stock any music that has a Parental Advisory or music that is not fit for Wal-Marts standards This means a possible change in lyrics cover design or songs in the album that are altered to fit Wal-Mart needs Wal-Mart sells fifty two million of the six hundred and fifteen million compact disks sold
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