Censorship And Heavy Metal Music Essay

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By definition censorship is the suppression of words, ideas, and images that are deemed "offensive" by the general public. As in any form of media, such restrictions in music limit the artists right of free speech and the true artist value of his or her work. For instance, in the world of heavy metal, there are multiple lawsuits against Ozzy Osbourne and one major legal dispute against a band known as Gwar. Where both artists were both falsely censored by the law and wrongly accused by our society.

Within these legal disputes against Ozzy, he was sued multiple times for hidden messages in various songs and for one stage act deemed disturbing by many persons in our society. In particular, the lawsuits blaming Ozzy of three teenage suicides - after listening to his song “Suicide Solution” - has struck odd in my view. You see in 1984, a nineteen - year - old named John M. was reported to have been listening to the song, when he took a gun and shot himself in the head. The coroners report said that John was found with headphones on. So, how exactly do we know that it was that song that John was listening to when he claimed his life? Of course it was probably an Ozzy record, but how exactly does anyone know that it was the song? Another male, named Eric A. apparently took his life to this song too. It’s claimed he was following the preaching in the song. The other suicide is strenuously hard to come upon. Furthermore in 1986, Ozzy learned that he had three lawsuits on his hands. Also, at this time Thomas Anderson took the title of John’s family attorney against Ozzy. When in court, Thomas not only used the song, but he lashed towards Ozzy’s music video for his song “Don’t blame me”, accusing that it had the same hemisync tones as “Suicide solution”. Merely, this would cause an individual to fall under a hypnotic spell, leaving them suggestible to anything their minds may interpret. However in December 1986 the case was thrown out by a California Superior Court judge. Thomas didn’t stop after this though. He pushed was way through the courts and used the IBAR (Bio-Acoustics Research Inc.) to evaluate the song. In which the company claimed that they had found subliminal messages telling Ozzy’s wide range of listeners this: "Why try, why try? Get the gun and try it! Shoot, Shoot, Shoot". The company also put things into plan view that Ozzy was using these sound waves to make individual listeners surrender to his influence. After listening to this in court, Ozzy’s...

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