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Cultural Depravity on Display: The 2022 Superbowl Half-time Show

When did rhymes which highlight violence, greed, and hate take center stage in the American music scene?

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The forthcoming Superbowl half-time show will exhibit the bottomless pit of American pop culture. The National Football League (NFL) has succumbed to gutter music by booking Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Dre, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar. Many wokesters and jubilant progressives regard this news as a landmark event highlighting aspects of black culture. However, is this even remotely the case?

Collectively, these ‘artists’ have racked up long rap sheets, including weapons charges, domestic violence charges, felony drug possession, assault charges, street gang activity, and racketeering, and have been accused of murder, attempted murder, and mayhem. Their ‘songs’ are laced with words such as bitc*, pimp, motherf*****, ho, and the N-word in its various forms.

Far From a Great Moment

When did rhymes which highlight violence, greed, hate, bullying, narcissism, and hedonism take center stage in the American music scene? When did the NFL shift from its previous standard of conservatism and family? “The opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime show, and to do it in my own backyard, will be one of the biggest thrills of my career,” Dre proclaimed. The ensemble half-time show will be an “unforgettable cultural moment.” 

This is not an admirable moment for black culture, or the National Football League, or the United States of America. It is an unmistakable sign of social and cultural rot; the triumph (and I am being kind here) of lowlifes.

Actually, the NFL long ago caved to the Left. Still, the situation is heartbreaking as 7, 8, and 9 year-olds across America and around the world will be watching. One can only imagine the long term impact on children and on society of having such garbage socially sanctioned by one of the nation’s most prominent institutions, and on display to the world’s largest TV viewing audience.

The Sordid Effects

Rap has a pronounced ill effect on children who listen to it. Consider the findings published in Pediatrics from the American Academy of Pediatrics: “The effect that popular music has on children’s and adolescents’ behavior and emotions is of paramount concern. Lyrics have become more explicit in their references to drugs, sex, and violence over the years, particularly in certain genres… exposure to violence, sexual messages, sexual stereotypes, and use of substances of abuse in music videos might produce significant changes in behaviors and attitudes of young viewers.”

Here’s the message for parents: it is rational to believe that listening to rap ‘music’ will increase a youngster’s propensity to engage in violence or at least desensitize him to the effects of violence. As parents, can we allow this to happen to our kids? Why let an industry that does this to our children continue to flourish?

Hum that Tune?

Consider your own adolescent and teen age years. Many people can associate songs with a boyfriend or girlfriend from decades ago. They can remember what they were doing at the time a song was popular. Now imagine listening to lyrics laced with profanity, or that glorify misogyny or violence. What level of viciousness is necessary to write, record, produce, and distribute such products? Beyond being crude, vulgar, and non-melodious, rap doesn’t help engender memories. 

When you were in grade school, high school, or college, the tunes you listened to served as memory hooks – emotional markers that highlighted the times of your life. You likely can recall a favorite song, if not several, from your school years, recite the verses, and engender distant, pleasant recollections. Tuneful, melodic songs can evoke powerful memories. 

What will today’s kids have to recall, musically, as they proceed through the decades ahead? Clever, lowbred lines from DaBaby, Polo G, or Lil Uzi Vert? Will anybody hum those tunes? Will such tunes play at anyone’s wedding?

Bereft and Barren

Are two friends, who meet in 30 or 40 years hence, going to reminisce over a rap ‘song’? Are the clamorous, pounding, obnoxious verses going to invoke memories worth carrying to the end of one’s days?

Make no mistake, the NFL is legitimizing lyrical pornography, shoving it in our faces, and essentially saying, we’re hip, we’re cool, we’re with progressives, and you should be too. 

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Musk Steps Back from Twitter Purchase After ‘Fake Users’ Concern

Or is Musk a better negotiator than we give him credit for?

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Free speech advocates around the world have been rejoicing in recent days, as Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared to be on the verge of purchasing social media giant Twitter.

The site, which has grown restrictive for conservative viewpoints in recent years, was going to be “unlocked” by Musk, who firmly believed that a more open, inclusive Twitter would be a much more powerful tool than previously imagined.

But now, as his team uncovers concerns about the site’s real user number, Musk is taking a step back.

Tesla billionaire Elon Musk has put his plan to buy Twitter on what he called a temporary “hold,” raising fresh doubts about whether he’ll proceed with the $44 billion acquisition.

Musk tweeted early Friday that he wanted to pinpoint the number of spam and fake accounts on the social media platform. He has been vocal about his desire to clean up Twitter’s problem with “spam bots” that mimic real people, and he appeared to question whether Twitter was underreporting them.

But the company has disclosed in regulatory filings that its bot estimates might be low for at least two years, leading some analysts to believe that Musk could be raising the issue as a reason to back out of the purchase.

Musk wasn’t shy about his issue.

“Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users,” Musk tweeted Friday morning, indicating he’s skeptical that the number of inauthentic accounts is that low.

The eccentric billionaire would go on to insist that he still fully intends to purchase the site, leading some to speculate as to whether or not this might be a simple negotiating tactic.

 

Free speech advocates around the world have been rejoicing in recent days, as Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared to be on the verge of purchasing social media giant Twitter. The site, which has grown restrictive for conservative viewpoints in recent years, was going to be “unlocked” by Musk, who firmly believed that a more open, inclusive Twitter would be a much more powerful tool than previously imagined. But now, as his team uncovers concerns about the site’s real user number, Musk is taking a step back. Tesla billionaire Elon Musk has put his plan to buy Twitter on what he called a temporary “hold,” raising fresh doubts about whether he’ll proceed with the $44 billion acquisition. Musk tweeted early Friday that he wanted to pinpoint the number of spam and fake accounts on the social media platform. He has been vocal about his desire to clean up Twitter’s problem with “spam bots” that mimic real people, and he appeared to question whether Twitter was underreporting them. But the company has disclosed in regulatory filings that its bot estimates might be low for at least two years, leading some analysts to believe that Musk could be raising the issue as a reason to back out of the purchase. Musk wasn’t shy about his issue. “Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users,” Musk tweeted Friday morning, indicating he’s skeptical that the number of inauthentic accounts is that low. The eccentric billionaire would go on to insist that he still fully intends to purchase the site, leading some to speculate as to whether or not this might be a simple negotiating tactic.  

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Sony Bucks Beijing By Refusing to Censor Spiderman Movie

At least someone is refusing to capitulate to China.

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China has long been exploiting their citizenry, thanks to their commitment to the cruel tenets of authoritarian communism and their unwavering disregard for even the most basic of human rights.  This has allowed the CCP to treat Chinese citizens like cattle, working low-paying jobs to produce goods that can then flood the international market, essentially milking them for money.

In order to keep the people of China happy in this arrangement, the government has had to severely limit the sorts of ideas that can be viewed in art or books, lest their human livestock were to get some strange ideas about freedom.

In order to do this, China has leveraged their enormous consumer base against some of the west’s most powerful entertainment companies, demanding that they tamp down certain references in books, films, television, and music.

A recent attempt to manipulate one Marvel’s biggest blockbusters has not gone Beijing’s way, however.

Sony reportedly refused the Chinese government’s demand to scrub the Statue of Liberty from Spider-Man: No Way Home.

According to Puck on Sunday, citing “multiple sources,” the Chinese government requested the Statue of Liberty be digitally removed from the film, despite its inclusion in a pivotal scene. Sony rejected the request.

The Chinese government then asked if the Statue of Liberty could be, according to Puck, “minimized in the sequence: if Sony could cut a few of the more patriotic shots of [Tom] Holland standing atop the crown, or dull the lighting so that Lady Liberty’s visage wasn’t so front-and-center.” Sony considered the request, but declined.

China has demanded several changes to major movies throughout the years, including a massive adjustment to the end of Fight Club, in which the protagonists’ plot to destroy the credit banking system was removed and replaced with an epilogue stating that all of the characters involved were arrested by police…even the character that was a figment of someone’s imagination the whole time.

China has long been exploiting their citizenry, thanks to their commitment to the cruel tenets of authoritarian communism and their unwavering disregard for even the most basic of human rights.  This has allowed the CCP to treat Chinese citizens like cattle, working low-paying jobs to produce goods that can then flood the international market, essentially milking them for money. In order to keep the people of China happy in this arrangement, the government has had to severely limit the sorts of ideas that can be viewed in art or books, lest their human livestock were to get some strange ideas about freedom. In order to do this, China has leveraged their enormous consumer base against some of the west’s most powerful entertainment companies, demanding that they tamp down certain references in books, films, television, and music. A recent attempt to manipulate one Marvel’s biggest blockbusters has not gone Beijing’s way, however. Sony reportedly refused the Chinese government’s demand to scrub the Statue of Liberty from Spider-Man: No Way Home. According to Puck on Sunday, citing “multiple sources,” the Chinese government requested the Statue of Liberty be digitally removed from the film, despite its inclusion in a pivotal scene. Sony rejected the request. The Chinese government then asked if the Statue of Liberty could be, according to Puck, “minimized in the sequence: if Sony could cut a few of the more patriotic shots of [Tom] Holland standing atop the crown, or dull the lighting so that Lady Liberty’s visage wasn’t so front-and-center.” Sony considered the request, but declined. China has demanded several changes to major movies throughout the years, including a massive adjustment to the end of Fight Club, in which the protagonists’ plot to destroy the credit banking system was removed and replaced with an epilogue stating that all of the characters involved were arrested…

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