| Parental Advisory: Explicit Content
As a parent, you spend a lot of time trying to shield your children from so-called explicit content. As a Metal Däd, that often applies to the music you expose your kids to. It often crosses my mind that many of my favorite albums of all time contain a few naughty words, particularly the F-Bomb. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction, Queensryche - Operation:Mindcrime, Tesla - Mechanical Resonance, Kid Rock - Devil Without a Cause, Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare, Disturbed - The Sickness, they all have more than a few choice words. But how can I in good conscience prevent my kids from hearing some of the best music ever put on wax [or whatever iTunes are put on]?
Fortunately, they make most of these albums in edited versions. In fact, some stores like Wal-Mart will only sell edited albums. You would think you could safely count on Wal-Mart to shield their tender ears from cuss words, wouldn't you? So I thought one day, hey look, they have Eminem's greatest hits, edited version. Most of his 'hits' were less violent, usually pretty funny, and Wal-Mart is going to take out all of the dirty stuff, so why not? Well, needless to say, they loved the songs; unfortunately there was some odd editing going on. Apparently "shit" is no longer a curse word, they let the all the shit fly. OK, I guess. Then I come to find that the word "hole" is apparently forbidden, when it follows the unedited "ass". Whaaaaahhh? So it's fine for kids to go around saying shit and ass, but don't say asshole, I mean that's the whole ass!
Then you get the "radio edit" portion of songs, on the radio and on record. They take a bad word, let's say "f*ck", and somehow *bleep* out the "u", so you get a hint of the "eff" sound, a brief spot of nothingness, and a portion of the "ck". Hmmmmm, I wonder what word goes in there? My kids may have been born at night, but not last night baby! Makes you wonder what the point of all this censorship and editing is all about. And I guess "bitch" became okay way back in the 80's when Joan Collins called Linda Evans one on Dynasty.
So, the new Eminem comes out and I am wondering whether or not to get the censored version. At this point, I don't really see the point of this random editing. I would rather hear the actual words than some sloppy editing that isn't foolin' anybody. So I go ahead and get the real version, and it's brilliant, and I can only play about 1/3 of it for them. Not because of the cussing, but because of the context. You can drop as many F-Bombs as you like, but I still have to draw the line at all of the references to drug use and mistreatment of women. That can wait a while.
Same deal with A7X. It's your what-ing nightmare? Yeah, they figured it out, no sense awkwardly bleeping it. Bottom line, words are words; it's all in how you use them. Kids are gonna hear things, so the important thing is to take it all in context.