.. and hopefully this is not just all a bunch of wishful thinking and blabber talk. Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Action Summit came to a conclusion and agreed to a recommendation to discontinue the use of bitch, ho and nigger in the media. They have called on the recording industry to voluntarily bleep out these words.
From the press release:
HSAN reaffirms, therefore, that there should not be any government regulation or public policy that should ever violate the First Amendment. With freedom of expression, however, comes responsibility. With that said, HSAN is concerned about the growing public outrage concerning the use of the words “bitch,” “ho,” and “nigger.” We recommend that the recording and broadcast industries voluntarily remove/bleep/delete the misogynistic words “bitch” and “ho” and the racially offensive word “nigger.”
Read the entire Hip Hop Action Summit press release here.
The next step? Encouraging rappers, comedians, and the general public to stop using these words, so that they won’t need to be censored out in the first place. Let’s stop putting the responsibility of censorship in the hands of others, and start checking ourselves.