Results for - Songs that glorify, promote, or otherwise celebrate drug use.
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I will be first to admit that fans should not hold their idols as role models. Sadly, this has come to be common, with sometimes disastrous results. Censorship is wrong, and free speech is in the US Constitution. I'd like to explore our feelings, as there's a pretty thin line.
1. Speaking of role models, Miley Cyrus, aged 15, posed for celebrated photographer, Annie Liebovitz, in Vanity Fair magazine. At the time, she starred in Hannah Montana, a tween show, produced and aided by her father, Billy Ray Cyrus. The backlash was ruthless, with parents, etc., excoriating her for being a bad role model. Her subsequent twerking/pot-smoking antics aside, I felt that she was trying to grow up, and very much in the public eye. She didn't want to be a tween idol, she wanted to sing, to perform., and to develop her talents. Do you think people should hold public personas- actors, singers, dancers, etc., up as public examples of how to act?
No, they should live their lives.
Yes, my child/other children will be watching.
It's complicated, I may comment.
2. I thoroughly despise drug use, and the radio still plays songs that glorify it. When Lou Reed died, there was a huge outcry, like he was an elder statesman. I am going to upset a few peeps here, but, truthfully, he glorified heroin use, and i do not believe he deserves anything other than a footnote. What do you think?
I have to think about it.
He was a great man and musician, I do not agree.
3. Guns N Roses, an iconic '80s band. They hit the scene, and imploded, but not before we all got a taste of Axl and Slash. Their lifestyle of drugs, alcohol, great music, and mental illness is their legacy. Their song, Mr. Brownstone is a song about heroin use. It is played frequently on classic rock station. ( a little insulting for me, because it was, like 10 minutes ago, lol!) Still, drug overdose is an ongoing problem. I believe in free speech, and yet it bothers me to hear music that describes the horrible descent into addiction. Some of my high school friends were caught up in it, and very few of them are still here. While not banning certain songs/bands/artists, how do you feel about phasing them out?
Nope, I want it raw, I can learn from it.
It's another generation, Doesn't affect me.
It may give some kids ideas?
4. Eric Clapton, consummate guitar player, called God by some- He battled a heroin addiction, and came out well. Clapton was in love with Pattie Harrison, George's first wife. He wrote "Layla" for her, and after they got together, "You Look Wonderful Tonight." As some of you know, he played in Cream, and has had a hugely successful career. Pattie and Eric broke up, due to his drug use. "Cocaine" was a huge hit for Clapton, and is played too often for my taste, on terrestrial radio. The live version, especially to hear the audience ecstatically screaming "cocaine!". This song is actually honest- "she don't lie, she don;t lie. she don't lie, cocaine! "Yet the audience fees it's about letting go and doing drugs. Should we let this go, maybe replace it with Clapton's really amazing performances, with Steve Winwood?