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CENSORSHIP Censorship has been in many cultures of the world since anybody can remember especially in the United States where new technological advancements have brought on many new things and made new censorships for them But in the music television and film business censorship has limited these industries abilities making it hard for them to show or broadcast what they and their viewers like In one recent incident Rapper Dr Dre sued the city of Detroit the mayors spokesman and two police officials accusing them of censorship by threatening to arrest him and organizers if he aired a questioned video during a concert Dr Dre alleges his free speech and due-process rights were violated by Detroit officials who ordered the video yanked July 6 from a Joe Louis Arena concert also featuring rappers Snoop Dogg Eminem and Ice Cube The video was about eight minutes long showing nudity and a bloody shootout was not shown Mayor David Bowens said July 14 that he had not seen the lawsuit but described it as a baseless one and a shameless attempt to get more attention focused on the performers Up in Smoke Tour In a nutshell when you cant even fill up half of Joe Louis Arena this cant be viewed as anything else but a publicity stunt to drum up more business as they go on Bowens said The lawsuit alleges the video integral to Dr Dres performance had played during tour stops in 10 US cities and Toronto without incident before coming to Detroit Hours before the local concert the suit says Bowens the two police officials and a significant number of armed law enforcers appeared at the arena and demanded the video be pulled Police Chief Brown told organizers the concern was whether the video was appropriate for young people and that the tour hadnt warned the audience on the tickets or in advertisements Even so the suit says an audiotape
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