Sharpton Targets Degrading Rap Lyrics


No Complaints here
Nov 15, 2004
Atlanta, GA

NEW YORK — Protests were held in more than 20 cities Tuesday over the use of degrading lyrics by the music industry, the Rev. Al Sharpton said.

The so-called Day of Outrage, organized by Sharpton's National Action Network, included protests in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Richmond, Va., Jacksonville, Fla., and other cities.

Sharpton, who led a demonstration at the Motown Museum in Detroit, said, "I'm here in Motown in Detroit as a symbol of when music was not denigrating and was entertaining."

Sharpton announced an initiative in April to combat the use of gutter terms in rap music.

He called Tuesday for the withdrawal of public funds from entertainment companies that "won't clean up their act."

Some people in the music industry have defended rappers' free-speech rights but say the degrading words at the center of the debate should be treated the same as extreme profanities and consistently blanked out of clean and radio versions of songs.


Irrelevant Liberal
Jun 12, 2004
Columbus OH
I like how the press isn't covering these protest as fervently as they did the Imus controversy.

This is still an attempt at corporate censorship, it doesn't matter that it is against hip hop. Al Sharpton is trying to silence people, it's as simple as that. I just wish that some (including O&A) would stop trying to redirect his attacks by bringing up hip hop in the argument, attacking hip hop is the same as attacking Imus, O&A, or rock music.

Al Sharpton is a cunt.