Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Hip-hop exec in bid to stamp out offensive lyrics

Wouldn't it be simpler if everybody reverted to the old wisdom: "Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me"? The Left are making America into a nation of wimps and crybabies.

"Prominent US hip-hop executive Russell Simmons today recommended eliminating the words "bitch", "ho" and "nigger" from the recording industry, considering them "extreme curse words".

The call comes less than two weeks after radio personality Don Imus's nationally syndicated and televised radio show was cancelled amid public outcry over Imus calling a women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos".

Simmons, co-founder of the Def Jam label and a driving force behind hip-hop's huge commercial success, called for voluntary restrictions on the words and setting up an industry watchdog to recommend guidelines for lyrical and visual standards.

"We recommend that the recording and broadcast industries voluntarily remove/bleep/delete the misogynistic words 'bitch' and 'ho' and the racially offensive word 'nigger'," Simmons and Benjamin Chavis, co-chairmen of the advocacy group, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, said in a statement. "These three words should be considered with the same objections to obscenity as 'extreme curse words'," it said.