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Thread #92871   Message #1780031
Posted By: Jacob B
10-Jul-06 - 12:32 AM
Thread Name: What's wrong with this song?
Subject: RE: What's wrong with this song?
Texas Guest, I think Peace and mg are right. To expand upon their points:

If you say something that means, "We're going to get the people who did this", then no one has any problem with it.

If you say, "We're going to kill the people who did this", then some people (including some radio station managers) might hesitate, because killing without a trial smacks slightly of murder, and they don't like the song being explicit about death. However, there are probably still plenty of people who would like the thought.

However, if you say, "We're going to kill people WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS simply because they have some similarity to the people who did this", then you're going to get people upset, and rightly so. I think those station managers took those last two lines as being that kind of statement, whether or not you meant it that way. Referring to people with "towels around their heads" tends to be taken as lumping all Muslims into one category, which brings up issues of racism. Some of the station managers may just have not liked the recording, but some of them may have seen playing that line as asking for trouble.