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Should Music be Censored Music has changed a lot throughout the course of about a decade Everything from the sounds of the music to the styles of the members in the bands has gone through many different fads Lyricists have found new and unusual ways of making music their own style and some of those ways have been labeled as controversial One kind of music that has gotten unfairly labeled as controversial is raphip-hop music The artists who write the music are often labeled as bad people and also as being detrimental to young listeners Lately debate over the content and impact of entertainment has bubbled over into the mainstream as journalists and politicians state what many families have believed for a while music effects children Smithouser 2000 p3 Music alone however is not responsible for the negative impacts that it is blamed for today Environmental factors in addition to the controversial lyrics may have a slight effect on how a child acts In doing research many critics of rap and hip-hop are of certain ethnic backgrounds One group that is very involved in the fight against rappers specifically Eminem is gay and lesbian clubs Eminems use of the word faggot is criticized the most In a recent interview by MTV 2001 Kurt Loder of MTV news asked Eminem also known by his real name of Marshall Mathers about his use of the word faggot He responded to Kurts question by stating the lowest degrading thing that you can say to a man is to call him a faggot and try to take away his manhood Faggot to me doesnt mean gay people Faggot to me just means taking away your manhoodKim 2001 pg5 Eminem went on to say that his lyrics dont necessarily reflect his beliefs all they reflect is the fun he has in making records Eminem also state that his records are not for everybody to liste n to He talked
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