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04-23-2007, 08:47 PM
peep it.

Hip-hop's Simmons: Remove offensive words

POSTED: 7:43 p.m. EDT, April 23, 2007

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• Def Jam co-founder wants certain words cut from music biz
• Russell Simmons terms such words "extreme curse words"
• Language has become flashpoint since Don Imus controversy
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NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Prominent U.S. hip-hop executive Russell Simmons Monday recommended eliminating the words "bitch," "ho" and "nigger" from the recording industry, considering them "extreme curse words."
The call comes less than two weeks after radio personality Don Imus' nationally syndicated and televised radio show was canceled amid public outcry over Imus calling a women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos."
Simmons, co-founder of the Def Jam label and a driving force behind hip-hop's huge commercial success, called for voluntary restrictions on the words and setting up an industry watchdog to recommend guidelines for lyrical and visual standards.

"We recommend that the recording and broadcast industries voluntarily remove/bleep/delete the misogynistic words 'bitch' and 'ho' and the racially offensive word 'nigger,' " Simmons and Benjamin Chavis, co-chairmen of the advocacy group Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, said in a statement.
"These three words should be considered with the same objections to obscenity as 'extreme curse words,' " it said.

"Ho" is slang for whore and commonly used in hip-hop music while "nigger" is among the most highly charged insults in American culture. The slur "nappy," used by Imus, describes the tightly curled hair of many African Americans.

Monday's statement changed course from another one by Simmons and Chavis dated April 13, a day after Imus' show was canceled, in which they said offensive references in hip-hop "may be uncomfortable for some to hear, but our job is not to silence or censor that expression."

The Imus controversy stoked a debate in the United States about how to deal with inflammatory words that are widely considered highly offensive but at the same time commonly and casually used in youth culture.
U.S. black leaders such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have led the charge to suppress offensive words while many artists have argued for freedom of expression. New York City declared a symbolic moratorium on the so-called N-word in February.

"Our internal discussions with industry leaders are not about censorship. Our discussions are about the corporate social responsibility of the industry to voluntarily show respect to African Americans and other people of color, African American women and to all women in lyrics and images," the statement from Simmons and Chavis said Monday.

The network recommended the formation of a Coalition on Broadcast Standards that would consist of leading executives from music, radio and television.

04-23-2007, 09:04 PM
that damn oprah.

Kenny Powers
04-23-2007, 09:06 PM
aint that a bitch...

04-23-2007, 09:09 PM
what i tell ya'll,this don imus thing was exagerated

Scáth Bán
04-23-2007, 09:18 PM
Fuck this bald ass muthafuckin bitch. Go find us some other good artists cuz these suckas on t.v. suck. You takin' advice from Oprah? All she knows about is business and probably hasn't ever bumped no real hip-hop.

Fuck that racist Imus.

Fuck Jesse Jackson's jew-hatin concepts, and fuck Al Sharpton's opportunistic ass. Ain't no black people voted them to voice their opinions.

Sleep Sinatra
04-23-2007, 09:42 PM
man 2 try n chance tha vocabulary of hip hop is like tryna change hip hop itself...words,despite how vulgar or w/e are simply WORDS n are just used 2 express how tha mc's feelin these jack asses apparently don tkno that tho..nahmean?

11th Chamber
04-23-2007, 09:48 PM
damn, I cant recall the last time I heard the word "Nigger" in a track

Ultimate Fist
04-23-2007, 10:19 PM
My mom was excited to hear about it... no joke...

Bis Fan
04-23-2007, 11:27 PM
just a word :lmao:

pussyhole fuck bitch hoe nigga


04-24-2007, 12:10 AM
Getting rid of those words is gonna seriously limit his rappers' vocab.

04-24-2007, 01:22 AM
DERRRRP ----------------> FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Whats this world coming too?

Edgar Erebus
04-24-2007, 01:26 AM
Getting rid of those words is gonna seriously limit his rappers' vocab.

Imagine 50 Cent not using those words...

04-24-2007, 01:32 AM
DERRRRP ----------------> FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Whats this world coming too?

what the hell is freedom of speech? u live in a fairy tale world or something?
lol my man , u can get sued for cursing somebody out,. they call it Harassment.
and ur telling me freedom of speech LOL!!!. (usa)

04-24-2007, 01:43 AM
Saying something on a record, paper or video is different than directly harassing in person/public.

LOL (Japan)

Come Honor Face
04-24-2007, 01:49 AM
What a bunch of nappy headed faggot ass assmilkin ho's!!!!!!!!!! LOL

The Ghost
04-24-2007, 11:29 AM
what the hell is freedom of speech? u live in a fairy tale world or something?
lol my man , u can get sued for cursing somebody out,. they call it Harassment.
and ur telling me freedom of speech LOL!!!. (usa)
But in this case its music so they can't take the words away. After all the consumer has to buy it in order to hear it.

04-24-2007, 02:40 PM
i dont really care either way, im about letting people say whatever they want to say.

but i'd like to see some rappers today try and not use some of those words, i bet they couldnt make a decent song, and that shit is sad.

04-24-2007, 08:44 PM
nigga please. he was jus on oprah trying to stick up for muthafuckaz who use them words now he wants ta banned them. what happen rus? kimora aint given up that twat no mo?

04-24-2007, 09:38 PM
"...She said ohh he's got a dirty mouth but bittccchhhhh i kept talking SHIT MOTHAFUCK YOU DAMN SHIT HEAD BITCH...."

why is it so urgent to censor "music"(they mean rap) but not movies

i don't remember Oprah going against the Italian movie industry when Nicky said "We'll sell it to the Niggers" "A Bunch of Spics for(can't remember the place)" "Some nigger.....I think he was Nigeria" and bitch Jew, Spic, Womp, and i think Kiki ALOT in Casino

Russell Simmons needs to pull his skirt up though.

for one thing the trend in hip hop is independence so i don't see how they'll be able to enforce shit except of rappers that are on retarded lables like Def Jam(i think Meth's all they got left honestly)

04-25-2007, 06:52 AM
russel made his fortune of these words and messages.
im very dissapointed in him,how can someone who played such an important part in hip hop turn on it like that.
fuck a russel simmons.

04-25-2007, 09:44 AM
This whole fight against Hip-Hop and the words used in songs is getting ridiculous now. I'm tired of this shit.


04-25-2007, 11:33 AM
What an Uncle tom!

04-25-2007, 11:40 AM
What an Uncle tom!

end of story

04-25-2007, 01:10 PM
somethin like this will never happen imo. and if it will only on mainstream record labels, so i dont have much problem with not hearin g-unit say bitch or ho, and i doubt many of u will either