Censorship of entertainment Research Project

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...Don't you get it bitch, no one can hear you?

Now shut the fuck up and get what's comin to you

You were supposed to love me

{*woman choking*}



-Eminem (Eminem).

Above is just a representation of "controversial" entertainment. Many critics claim that entertainment is too crude, violent, and full of sexual references, and is sometimes characterized as hatred. To control this "surge" of new entertainment, the various entertainment industries have started using ratings systems. As of late, numerous special interest groups have imposed their will on others. It is nobody's decision, other than your own, as to what is "right" and what is "wrong".

The events that led to Columbine tragedy really sparked the public's interest in the state of entertainment today. Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson, and violent video games are blamed for causing the boys kill with such "wanton abandon". This prompted President Clinton to request the following; "On June 1, 1999, following the horrifying school shooting in Littleton, Colorado that increased public calls for a national response to youth violence, President Clinton requested that the Federal Trade Commission and

the Department of Justice conduct a study of whether the motion picture, music recording, and computer and video game industries market and advertise violent entertainment material to children and teenagers" (Violence Report).

This governmental report's purpose is to see whether or not entertainment is suitable of today's youth.

There is a big problem with report. As clearly stated in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress...