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On Freedom & Responsibility

By:  Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D.

Fort Fairfield Journal, March 16, 2016


   The other day I was looking up song lyrics for the song, I've Got a Man, I'm not Trying to Hear That. 'I'm not trying to hear that' is kind of a mindset where a person is willing to hear anything but the truth.  They're saying: just don't talk to me, I don't want to know.  There's a great song about that and I wanted to look up those lyrics. 

   In my search online, I came across some pretty disturbing lyrics from another song with that same phrase in it.  I can hardly talk about this, I'm so upset.  The song was from the rapper, Notorious B.I.G..  I've heard of him before, but  I'm not really into hip-hop or rappy music, I'm really not into modern music at all, because of a lot the problems they have with filthy lyrics today.  But in this song's lyrics, which I absolutely can't read on the air or write in print, believe me I can't.  Oh my gosh, probably like any line in this hundred line song I would be pulled off the air so fast it would make everybody's head spin. 

   In this song by Notorious B.I.G., there's one line that says 'I'm not trying to hear that,' which is why my internet search brought it up.  Apparently that's a phrase that is popular among some folks today.  As I was looking at these abhorrent lyrics I began to reflect on the difference between freedom and morality.  Freedom really being about self-control and behaving in the responsible ways that you get and preserve a free society, versus freedom being about people just being as nasty as they want to be and saying whatever they want. 

   I looked at these lyrics so you don't have to.  Every other word is going to be a bleep here, but let's see if I can read part of them.  I'm wondering how you could even put this into a song. but here are the lyrics:  ‘Come to find out you was *bleep*ing everybody, blah blah blah, Woe is me, all you heard was papa don't hit me no more, disrespect *bleep* my *bleep* *bleep*, *bleep* around and make her milk box material, you feel me sucking *bleep*, running your lips *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* *bleep*.’

   Every other word in that song is the “N” word that Dr. Laura was removed from hundreds of radio stations for saying.  But it's in here, every other line.  The rest of this song is not just X-rated, but XXX-rated.  It is really, really bad.  I'm just wondering where does this song play?  It's called, “Get Money.”   *bleep* *bleep* get money, *bleep* *bleep* get money.  I'm not going to say what the bleeps are, they're really bad.  There are words in here that are horrible. 

   I thought songs from the 1980s weren't really bad and that it's been in the last five or ten years they've gotten unbelievably bad.  So I looked up some music from that era and found the band, 2 Live Crew.  Wow, I can't even read you the titles of their songs.  They have the F-word in there, the S-word.  I guess back in the '80s, is when this trend of filthy language in music got started.  Well, leaving that to the side lets go back to Notorious B.I.G.

   I've never heard this song before, I never intend to hear this song, I don't want to hear this song, I'm not going to click the song up on my computer.  I'm simply looking at these words on a page.  It's words, it's alphabet, the English language alphabet on a screen.  I'm just looking at this wondering who decided it was okay to say these things?  Who decided that it was okay to play this music in front of kids?  Doubtlessly there are millions of kids who have heard these lyrics who can probably recite them.  So I just wonder how that happened.  Here's more of his lyrics, Get me open while I'm *bleep*ing down your throat, Rather count a million while you eat my *bleep*.  You can just fill in the blanks, or hopefully you can't.  Who decided that this was freedom?  Who decided that it was okay to have this song? 

   By the way, “M*r-F*r,” the “B” word, the “N” word, every possible filthy word you can think of is in Mr. B.I.G.'s song. Every filthy concept you can think of, everything from disappearing people to performing the most lewd and lascivious sexual acts on them, are graphically depicted in it. 

   If you want to look up this song and repulse yourself you can, but I don't recommend it.  It's an example of just one of a kajillion songs I've seen that children are being exposed to in the U.S. today.  I just want to juxtapose this song, this particular song, with a recent story from Egypt where the government jailed an author for two years for writing a sexually explicit novel.  You may say to yourself, well who does Egypt think they are?  They can't do that, that's freedom of expression.  They can't jail that guy.  What are they doing? 

   I'm not going to take sides here, saying who's right or who's wrong; I think everybody's wrong here.  But the answer is, the reason they're putting this guy in jail is they don't want the things like Notorious B.I.G. lyrics pumping into the minds of their 4- and 5- year olds,  that's why.  They've seen what happened to our culture; they've seen it and they don't want it to happen to their culture.  Frankly, if I could go back forty years, fifty years or even sixty years and I had a glimpse of the future sixty years into the future from sixty years ago - 1955 say, and I saw what was coming I would probably find some way to stem the tide, too.  I would probably try to find some way to prevent this from happening. 

   Here's another story;  “China Bans Images of Gay People on TV.”  There's a reason why China's doing that. China's government understands images of things seen on TV are a broad step towards cultural acceptance of those things and China doesn't want to have a culture that looks like our culture.  They don't want to have Kaitlyn Jenner be a celebrity there.  Frankly, I don't want to have Kaitlyn Jenner be a celebrity here, in the U.S..  The government of China issued a new set of regulations at the end of last year stating, “no television drama shall show abnormal sexual relationships and behaviors, such as incest, same sex relationships, sexual perversion, sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual violence,” and so on.  Goodness, that would knock Lady Ga Ga off the air with American Horror Story where she had a threesome and then killed the person and drank their blood while nakedly romping.  I don't know, would it be such a bad thing to ban that?

   If I were an Egyptian, or living in China and I didn't yet have this stuff blaring out over the airwaves or hear cars driving down the street with this stuff blasting, I would probably try to find a way to prevent that from occurring, too.  Who's fighting for this here in the U.S.?  Who's working on it?

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This editorial was transcribed and adapted for print from a recent Katherine Albrecht radio program, by David Deschesne, with her permission. Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D. is a syndicated radio talk show host on the Genesis Communication Network. Listen to her program live daily, or download her podcast for listening at any time at Katherine’s website is: 


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