Wednesday, September 17, 2014
In 1984, Tipper Gore -- wife of U.S. Senator Al Gore -- bought Prince's album Purple Rain for her daughter. When she got home, she was "shocked" at the lyrics, which implied sexual activity and female masturbation.
Gore got together with Susan Baker, wife of Treasury Secretary James Baker; Pam Howar, wife of Washington realtor Raymond Howar; and Sally Nevius, wife of former D.C. City Council Chairman John Nevius. They formed the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to warning parents when their children were going to buy "dirty lyrics". With her husband's influence, hearings were held in the United States Senate in which PMRC called for censorship of lyrics. A wide range of musicians testified against the censorship ploy. At the hearing, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), to which nearly all record labels belong, announced it was going to put "Parental Advisory Warning" stickers on all music which carried explicit lyrics about sex, drugs, or violence.
Over time, PMRC grew to include 22 different organizational members. But it largely died in 1992 when Tipper Gore resigned from the center in order to devote full time to her husband's Vice Presidential bid. PMRC collapsed. Left with only a tiny revenue stream, it stopped publishing its newsletter, stopped conducting studies on the "detrimental" effects of explicit lyrics on America's pure youth, and stopped issuing press releases. PMRC soon changed its goals; although it still exists today, it says it now exists to promote the "positive long term effects of music on health, analytical and creative thinking and self-esteem."
On July 18, 1993, Rage Against the Machine protested the invidious effects of PMRC at Lollapalooza III by standing naked onstage with duct tape covering their mouths and the letters PMRC inked onto their chests. The band stood there for 14 minutes, buck naked. The band's "set" ended, and they left the stage. (Rage later played a free concert for disappointed fans.)
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Did you know that, after graduating from Harvard in 1988, Rage guitarist Tom Morello worked as a male stripper? He made a lot of money doing so. I wish he'd come to Washington, D.C., to strip. Tom's got a sizeable cock, and a nice, toned, furry body. I'd love to see Tom's erect penis. Wow!
I was surprised at Brad Wilk. The guy is short, which is very hot. And he's got a nice fat dick, too. He's also apparently uncircumcized. Huh?? Wilk's parents are Russian Jews and German. How did Brad get away with not having his very nice cock clipped?? He must look amazing sexually aroused.
Both men have kind of darker skin for their cocks and balls, which I like a lot.
By the way, the lyrics PMRC hated so much? Today's rap music has lyrics 10,000 times worse, and no one is complaining. Tipper Gore, you suck.