Saturday, May 19, 2018

You Tried to Turn Me Off but You Couldn't Even Turn Me Down

Stephen Miller:

This is a formula to kill artistic freedom – yes even by artists we may find deplorable, like R. Kelly or Kill, Baby, Kill. Every artist should take a step back at who Spotify is entrusting to carry out its new content policing.

Furthermore, modern artists should go to YouTube and dig up the footage of Frank Zappa and Dee Snyder testifying in front of Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center in 1985. If Spotify continues down this path, then artists need to realize they have the power to make Spotify suffer the same fate as the Tipper Gore group – an extinct laughingstock and stain on the history of free expression through music.

If you're just joining us, we're reading an article on Fox News's website defending freedom of expression in...uh...popular music against new demands for censorship from...um...religious fundamentalists, a.k.a. rainbow-haired, pussyhat-wearing feminists, who are being supported, at least implicitly, by milquetoast liberals who see nothing wrong with organized pressure campaigns by moralistic zealots attempting to create obstacles between artists and willing audiences since only government can officially "censor" anyone. Well, the neo-Whigs who think that "It's the current year!" counts as a persuasive argument will have fun making sense of this one, at least.

If there's any reactionaries out there who can write a decent melody, the stage couldn't be more perfectly set for you to position yourself as the newest phase in rock 'n' roll rebellion by giving this generation of church ladies the middle fingers and mockery they're begging for. And best of all, they'll give you all the free advertising you can handle. They won't be able to help themselves.