Saturday, May 23, 2009

Green Day Are Idiots

At the company I work for, if I were to cuss all the time, peppering each sentence with expletives, I would get warned, then fired.

End of story.

There are certain standards that places of business have, that, like it or not, they stick by.

It's easy for me not to cuss at work, because I don't cuss anyway. Not to say that I haven't, but it's not part of my vocabulary any more. My choice.

But this week, Green Day, a band I must say I don't like in the first place, are bad-mouthing Walmart for refusing to sell their cuss-word laden newest CD, 21st Century Breakdown.

Turns out that Walmart is the country's largest music seller, and Green Day refused to offer an edited version of their latest CD, something that's been done by other artists for decades now.

I think it is fine, even good that Green Day refuses to offer an edited version. Nobody can make them, but what galls me is that they turn around and state that Walmart should be made to carry "their art."

Uh, uh, there Bill Joe and Mike, you little pencil-necked, pip-squeaks, can't have that both ways.

If you can't be bothered to offer a cuss-word free version of your CD, then certainly Walmart doesn't have to bother to sell your original version if it falls below their standards.

When you guys play concerts, can you shoot off huge columns of fire in small venues? Nope.

Can you perform sex acts in your concerts in any American venue and not expect to be arrested? Nope.

Likewise, Walmart has, for decades, had a standard of musical content that they sell. Simply cussing on your CD is over the mark, as far as Walmart is concerned.

You knew that when you made the recording, and now you're whining about it.

Boo, hoo, hoo. Go home and cry in your piles of money.

You know, and I know, that your real fans will buy it at Best Buy or on Amazon, so your complaining about Walmart sounds pretty darn pathetic.

I don't get upset when I hear folks cuss, but gee whiz, to expect a company to sell my product when it goes against their long-standing practice?

Please, this is America.

If Walmart won't sell it, you know others will.
"Wal-Mart's become the biggest retail outlet in the country, but they won't carry our record because they wanted us to censor it," frontman Billie Joe Armstrong griped to the press. "They want artists to censor their records in order to be carried in there. We just said no. We've never done it before. You feel like you're in 1953 or something."

Billie Joe continued: "If you think about bands that are struggling or smaller than Green think that to get your record out in places like that, but they won't carry it because of the content and you have to censor yourself. I mean, what does that say to a young kid who's trying to speak his mind making a record for the first time? It's like a game that you have to play. You have to refuse to play it." Added bassist Mike Dirnt, more succinctly but just as effectively: "As the biggest record store in the America, [Wal-Mart] should probably have an obligation to sell people the correct art."

Walmart HAS NO obligation to sell anything they don't want to.


Hammer said...
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Hammer said...


Only the government can violate someone's right to free speech. Private companies can pick and choose what best represents them and their interests. I don't buy music at Walmart but I fully respect their stand.

After listening to Greenday's last album "American Idiot" and their commie liberal overtones I don't give a crap about them or their music.

It's just like a leftist to want people to be FORCED to accept their version of freedom.

Carina said...

I agree with you 100% Jam.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Can't figure out how I found you, but I like your style! And you're right, Green Day are idiots. Waa, waa, cry me a river.

Marsha (Big Sis) said...

I can't believe you posted this as they were just on CBS Sunday Morning today talking about this. They did a whole segment on Green Day and then went into the thing about Wal Mart! I won't even begin to list what all Cary T. had to say about them!

I've never liked their music since day one and I certainly don't like their liberal spouting. Like it was said above, Wal Mart is a private company and can sell what they want to!

Qtpies7 said...

So very true. I bet they don't want Walmart to be able to sell good, moral products, just their filth.
People have a right to have a store with morals. I want to be able to walk into a store that I don't have to worry about what magazine covers my boys see at eye level. And I don't want to worry about what music they are buying. I don't, because my kids are not allowed to buy secular music for the most part, but still, I like that Walmart sticks to their guns.

ithinkican said...

well said

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