Censorship of Violence in Popular Entertainment is NOT Justified
“When I was at church they taught me something else/ If you preach hate at the service those words aren't anointed/ That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned/ When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless/ Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen/ I might not be the same, but that's not important/
No freedom till we're equal, damn right I support it.” These are lyrics from a song called “Same Love” about marriage equality by rapper Macklemore. Rap is the one genre of music that Robert Peters singled out as being consistently and always violent in his article “Censorship of Violence in Popular Entertainment is Justified”.
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Before naming his first main point, he names off a few movies that he believes to be violent but contradicts himself by saying that it is okay for them to be violent because these movies could be used for educational purposes. “Private Ryan” is a movie that Peters mentions as being okay because it could be used educationally but he misnames the title of the movie, which to me says that he has not done much research into violent movies. Another point he makes which does not help his case is that he goes on talking about how when he and his brother were younger, they played cowboys and indians, which does not have anything to do with the violence that is in media today. Back in the day, was that the equivalent to the violence that children see today? He goes on and on about how there is “too much” violence in media and about the way it’s depicted and that he specifically thinks there is too much gun use in Hollywood nowadays, but he never specifically mentions how much violence is too much. He tells us what he does not like about the violence in media these days but he does not tell us what his limits are. We do not know what the minimum amount of violence in a movie or TV show is, or if it is okay for shows on stations like HBO or Showtime to show more violence or if he is okay with the law that a certain amount of violence can be shown after 10 PM on normal TV channels. Wrongly naming one of