"Though I disagree with everything you say I will defend to the death your right to say it." (Chapman). Censorship is the suppression of ideas and information that certain people, individuals, groups or government officials find offensive or dangerous to others. There are many definitions, but all hold the truth of either holding back information or keeping an individual from seeing it. I believe that censorship, in every sense should be illegal. The suppression of certain things considering art is not necessary and goes against Amendment 1 in the Bill of Rights “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…” (United States of America, 1789). In this essay, I will be describing censorship regarding music, visual art, and written art. I will also be describing why censorship should be done away with completely.
Lyrical content should not be censored. Censorship should be opposed to when it comes to artists work. You have the choice to not read or look at the art work. They should be allowed to express their selves in how they feel. For example, Rap music has the reputation of talking about drugs, alcohol, and forms of racism but, maybe that is something the artist has gone through. Lyrics are an artist’s way of expressing their anger or hurt. You as a listener have the choice to listen or not, and as a citizen of the United States, the artists should have the right to express their selves. Censorship keeps them from doing so.
The Parents Music Resource Center, was founded in 1985 after Tipper Gore, Senator and ex-Vice President Al Gore’s wife, listened to one of Prince’s songs and was shocked by the explicit lyrical content. Starting off with three other women, the PMRC started to fight against explicit lyrics in music. By the end of that year, the foundation got the Recording Industry Association of America to demand a sticker be put on all explicit albums...