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Online Great Wall

Internet Police

Internet Police

In January this year China launched a  campaign against internet pornography. Many now fear though that the camppaign is simply a cover for a more sinister purpose. Political and Human Rights websites have dissapeared from China’s webspace despite having no pornographic content what so ever. Amnesty International’s website no longer exists in China. Commenting on the situation the Press Feedom Organization said: “The Olympic Torch is now definately extinguished and the government’s much vaunted liberation is no more. The campaign against political dissidents is now very much in the open.” It seems China’s Online Great Wall is still firmly standing.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | censorship | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“XXX”

Scene From Shakespeare's Hamlet

Scene From Shakespeare's Hamlet

Parliament have been discussing play censorship to the point of banning the XXX symbol from posters and leaflets associated with plays. Parliamentary Under secretary for the Department of Culture Kim Howells argued against the move to censor plays saying: “Should Hamlet be altered because the violence or references to incest might disturb children? Many of the greatest plays produced in this country could face censorship if the amendment was accepted.” The move received strong opposition when proposed and it remains to be seen whether Parliament will move to impose stronger censorship on plays…

March 15, 2009 Posted by | censorship | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

McCartney vs. Jackson

McCartney and Jackson

McCartney and Jackson

The relationship between Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson has become even more strained. In an Interview with the BBC McCartney is said to have impersonated Jackson talking in a high pitched voice mocking the singer. The BBC have refused to release the footage of the interview, perhaps to stay on the good side of Mr.Jackson. The wedge between the Beatle and Pop King seems to stem from Jackson purchasing the rights to the Beatles Royalties outbidding both McCartney and Yoko Uno. The two had previously worked together on songs such as; “Say Say Say” and “The Girl Is Mine” but relations between the two seem highly strained at this point.

March 6, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

“So Untitled It Is”

Nas and wife Kelis promoting the new album

Nas and wife Kelis promoting the new album

Nas after months of controversy has managed to back down and still maintain respect it seems. Nas was due to release the album entited “Ni*g*r” but decided to name the album “Untitled” after coming under immense pressure from all angles. There has been a movement in Hip-Hop to eradicate the “N-Word” after Michael Richards lost it on stage. Nas’ motives were to supposedly take away from the power of the word “Ni*g*r” but to many he seemed to be going against the grain announcing that he would name an album “Ni*g*r” at a time when many had become sick of seeing and hearing the word. Nas by stepping back and naming the album “Untitled” has maintained his respectability and played the field well. He addressed the issue in the song “Hero” saying:

Still in musical prison, in jail for the flow
Try telling Bob Dylan, Bruce, or Billy Joel
They can’t sing what’s in their soul
So untitled it is
I never change nothin’
But people remember this
If Nas can’t say it, think about these talented kids
With new ideas being told what they can and can’t spit
I can’t sit and watch it

It will forever be debatable whether Nas did the right thing by doing a U-Turn and letting others influence his album title.

March 5, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Censoring Beyonce’s Wardrobe

What Malaysia Missed Out On

What Malaysia Missed Out On

What kind of monster would try to censor Beyonce’s wardrobe I must ask. The R&B sensation decided to cancel her tour of Malaysia rather than wear something other than her usual…somewhat skimpy outfits. She did however tour neighbouring countries such as Indonesia where the rules aren’t so strict. Essentially somewhere along the line (perhaps her waist line) Beyonce found herself coming into direct contention with traditional Islamic values,but dismissed the issue saying her reason for cancelling was: “a scheduling conflict.” I’m sure lying is also against Islamic values so maybe Beyonce was right to cancel.

March 4, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Half Censored Kanye

Kanye Earning His Money

Kanye Earning His Money

After a recent three hour interview with VH1 Kanye West it has been deemed only 90 mins of the footage will be shown. Kanye played judge, jury, defence and evidently prosection. “Yeezy” aired his frustrations with the band Radiohead, defended Chris Brown and explained the lives of Michael Jackson and the ever popular O.J. Simpson, nice.

March 2, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Gayless Oscars

Viewers who watched this years Oscars in Asian will have found a slight difference in what they heard compared to their counterparts in the rest of the world. During the Oscar acceptance of speech Dustin Lance Black for “Best Original Screenplay”  for the film “Milk” he made a number of references to his gay lifestyle and used the word “gay” a number of times…unless you were watching in Asia. When the Oscars were broadcast the original speech was edited to excluded the word “gay”.

March 2, 2009 Posted by | censorship | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If You Seek Britney

Cleverly Outrageous

Cleverly Outrageous

Britney Spears’ new single “If you seek Amy” has been censored for radio. The song seems to contain a subliminal like message within the line “If you seek Amy”.

If -F
You – U
Seek -C K
Amy – Me.

Undoubtedly the average five year old listening will just be wondering who is “Amy” and where they can find her,  but  the single has sparked much outrage (mainly amongst parents) with the song being described as; clever, outrageous and something along the lines of the end of the world. Many including Chris Crocker have rushed to Britney’s defence (surprise surprise) but Radiostations will only play the somewhat pitiful clean version, the explicit version is available on the album “Circus” as well as youtube of course.

March 2, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments