Censor and be damned?
Editorial from Scotland on Sunday.
Sizzla is not a huge star in Britain and would still be relatively unknown were it not for Peter Tatchell and the gay rights group Outrage drawing attention to his lyrics.
Thus the Home Office neatly sidestepped having to judge whether or not his lyrics would incite violence against homosexuals. “Shot battybwoy, my big gun boom” doesn’t leave much room for ambiguity once ‘battybwoy’ is translated as homosexual, but the government knows that to be seen to censor music, no matter how unpalatable, would be to open a can of rather nasty worms.
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