Sunday, January 08, 2006

if you don't like it, turn it off

A woman whose teenaged daughter was harassed at school blamed hip-hop music for the rude behavior of her harassers.

A local DJ told her, "If you don't like hip-hop music, don't listen to it."

How is turning off her radio going to prevent her daughter from being pestered by the students who do listen to it?


Blogger Donecia Pea said...

Excellent point! That pretty much summarizes my whole point of my rant. Thanks for sharing!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 8:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all I understand that something has to be the blame for an outcome, but can someone please tell me when the last time any song that you heard made you do something stupid. Furthermore if songs are now going to be correlated to actions of others then lets not just limit it to Hip Hop. Also to educate Hip Hop is a culture which everyone provides some form of input so maybe this parent should be more involved to fully understand....

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 2:14:00 PM  
Blogger The Sarcasticynic said...

Please realize that is not the intent of this post to debate the ramifications, real or imagined, of listening to any style of music. It is to point out the fallacy of suggesting that the solution to a particular problem is to not engage in the practice one finds offensive. It would be as effective as proposing to one who is against drunk driving, "Well then don't drink and drive."

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 4:18:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Joseph said...

Thanks for the comment about Don Imus. I agree with the "don't like it, don't listen to it" belief.

Apparently he was canceled today -- what do you think?

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 11:14:00 PM  
Blogger The Sarcasticynic said...

Mr Joseph,

By my own definition, what I think is that Mr Imus's firing comes too late to affect the damage his behavior has caused. Now little boys everywhere will feel it's OK to call young women "that phrase."

Thursday, April 12, 2007 5:47:00 AM  
Blogger James Burnett said...

Sarc, my man, well-written. It's a troubling point. The music wasn't making the daughter act up. So what to do? With the kids doing the bullying it's a parenting issue, I still say. Good parenting might mean kids with more good sense. Kids with more good sense might mean less of a desire on their part to hear naughty bad behavior-inspiring music.

Thursday, April 12, 2007 2:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo son, how this old-ass cracker problems get thrown on hip-hop! It always gotta be the nigga's fault son. Fuck Oprah too son, that bitch ain't give me no car. Put some schools here instead of helping them ungawa mothafuckas son! Stop attacking my music. That shit keeps me and my hustle going. These devils ain't gonna feed me son. I be's on my grizzly, makin' that paper, ducking Impalas nigga na'mean! If I can get some brain in the whip from some dumb-ass ho what the fuck I care what she think of herself? One!!!

Monday, April 23, 2007 2:57:00 AM  
Blogger The Sarcasticynic said...

Thank you, Anonymous, for your input. Can't sleep this morning?

Monday, April 23, 2007 5:34:00 AM  
Blogger The Sarcasticynic said...


I am finding that commenters on this post generally tend to fall under one of two broad umbrellas. Those who believe this post is about music, and those who understand the post is about using sound logic in one's arguments.

I am also finding that believers of the former are helping to prove the latter.

The Sarcasticynic

Monday, April 23, 2007 6:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's called humor, douchebag. For someone who incorporates the word sarcasm into his screen name you sure have a very limited understanding of it.

Monday, April 23, 2007 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger The Sarcasticynic said...

Well, I could call myself Anonymous and let people draw their own conclusions.

Monday, April 23, 2007 4:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're no dummy dude, especially if you set up your own blog site. You are more than capable of finding my email addy if you put your mind to it so don't use the tired "well at least I'm not anonymous" defense. It's not my site and what's the difference if I pick some idiotic screen name to hide behind? Just admit it my man, you're some curmudgeonly pseudo-intellectual old dude who just didn't catch the humor (or maybe you're so out of touch you couldn't even tell it was parody) of my first post. You're smart but you're not the smartest guy in the world, get over yourself.

Monday, April 23, 2007 5:54:00 PM  
Blogger The Sarcasticynic said...

You've got me pegged.

Monday, April 23, 2007 8:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People over-reacted to Imus. Just telling him about this hurtful dynamic would have been enough to end that talk and make him an advocate.

Similarly, (all these things are true), hip-hop should have stood up and protected Imus' free speech on PRINCIPLE(principle is powerful people) and AT THE SAME TIME heard the complaints of black women and women in general about this language. This would have been the correct, fair, and probably most effective way to make real progress.

We need to stick with PRINCIPLES, not racial sensitivities, however painful.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 11:21:00 PM  
Blogger The Sarcasticynic said...

Well said.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 5:30:00 AM  

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