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Pam Meister freaks out on Green Day for no reason:

Green Day, which has been around since the late 1980s but only achieved mainstream commercial success with their 2004 album American Idiot, has a bone to pick with Wal-Mart. Why? Wal-Mart won’t carry their new CD, entitled 21st Century Breakdown, unless they provide a special version that doesn’t contain language considered offensive by the retail giant.

Uh, yeah, they never achieved mainstream success until American Idiot, except for, you know, that Grammy they won a full decade earlier and the 6 top 10 singles they had before that.  But never let knowledge of your subject get in the way of a good hit piece!

Wal-Mart has a longstanding policy about not selling CDs that would require a parental advisory sticker, but that doesn’t stop the navel-gazing band from kvetching about what they seem to perceive as censorship:

“They want artists to censor their records in order to be carried in there,” he said. “We just said no. We’ve never done it before. You feel like you’re in 1953 or something.”

Newsflash to the boys in the band: that’s what’s called making a business decision. Wal-Mart’s business decision is to ask bands to create “clean” versions of their albums for sale in Wal-Mart stores. Some bands comply while others, like Green Day, do not – in turn making their own business decision (something that Obama has yet to take away from businesses other than some in the auto industry).

Well, that’s what Green Day did!  They have a right to make that almighty BUSINESS DECISION, and they also have a right to call Walmart’s BUSINESS DECISION stupid and backward.  Which it is!  Especially when Walmart is so quick to abandon their ethics in other arenas when the bottom line is threatened.

No matter that consumers have a number of outlets where they can purchase 21st Century Breakdown in all its unedited, crass glory. The meanies at Wal-Mart won’t carry it, and suddenly budding musicians might become discouraged!

“If you think about bands that are struggling or smaller than Green Day … to 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,” he said. “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.”

Here’s a suggestion, boys: take a civics class and read Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics: A Commonsense Guide to the Economy. You might learn something.

I don’t even know how to respond, because I have no idea, even from the perspective she’s laid out, what she’s so upset about.  Green Day isn’t calling for government interference.

Green Day: We don’t like the restrictions Walmart places on what kind of music it will sell.  We will not change our record so they will carry it.

Pam Meister: HOW DARE YOU! READ THIS BOOK BY A TOWNHALL.COM CONTRIBUTOR!  

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Written by dieblucasdie

May 22, 2009 at 10:15 pm

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