In October 2005, a panel discussion at Ball State University entitled ‘Exploring Freedom of Expression Through Music’ looked at the issue of American censorship of controversial lyrics in popular music throught the prism of the First Amendment.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is part of the United States Bill of Rights which prevents the U.S. Congress from infringing on the freedom of speech, and the freedom of the press.
The Ball State University had organised a ‘Freedom of Speech Week’ – and the panel focusing on music highlighted examples of how music in America has been censored because of its messages. As examples was mentioned:
• In 2003, radio stations in San Antonio, Texas, pulled the song “Red Ragtop” by Tim McGraw because it implied abortion.
“Four out of 10 Americans feel that music should be censored,” a First Amendment scholar and Ball State University alumnus said during the panel discussion.
Eric Nuzum: Parental Advisory – Music Censorship In America