Russell Simmons Clarifies Stance on Obscenities

russell_simmons10.jpgIn a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Russell Simmons clarified his stance on the banning of certain obscenities. Earlier this week the industry mogul, along with Hip-Hop Summit Action Network head Dr. Benjamin Chavis, recommended that the broadcast and recording industries voluntarily censor the word “bitch,” “ho” and “nigger” from their airwaves and recordings. The statement was drafted following a meeting Russell had with a group of music industry executives in the wake of the Don Imus scandal. Since the recommendation was released, many media outlets and pundits have interpreted it as a call for a ban on these words altogether. When asked by Entertainment Weekly’s Margeaux Watson if that was the intended message, or whether they meant the terms should only be banned from radio and TV, Russell explained, “That’s correct. That’s a great step. And I think after we get it off the airwaves from hip-hop, then maybe the rest of the world will stop using those words so much.” Simmons was clear that he is not asking artists to stop using the words, but rather attempting to clean up what is broadcast on commercial radio and television. When asked if he has received much feedback from people in the industry about his suggestions, Russell replied that he did not want to comment on the question and noted that the idea of censoring the three words was actually not his, but that of Stephen Hill, VP of Music Programming and Talent at BET. He explained that during last week’s meeting, the group was unable to reach a consensus on the issue.

  • Rocamoe

    Russell is a sellout…if you want to listen to rap without obscenities buy an edited cd or will smith’s cd…dont try to change what we say or listen to…

  • G-Man

    hey if you dont like the words jus dont listen to hip hop its as simple as that listen to that country music if you want to

    aint it funny that white people made up the word nigger and now they dont want us using it

  • S.Fraze

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  • Atl’s own

    that’s kool.

    long as they don’t try to tell the artist what to say!

    hell for the most part the commercial airwaves were already clean.

  • h-d

    this is really the dumbest issue ever because the logic of it all makes no sense.
    russ and stephen hill want to stop rappers from sayin theese words on the things that go on tv and radio, the artist’s singles.whats wrong with that is that the curse words dont get played on tv or radio, they get censored out. now you might say yes but if they kids hear the songs they wil go and buy the uncensored cds. butttt by then it wont matter because only the singles will be clean and the rest of the cd dirty as hell. so basically they want the kids to buy a cd wit 1 of 2 freindly songs on them and the rest can be wat they call garbage?? well thats granted the kids dont only listen to the singles, wich most of them do. oh yeah besides this point, what kids buy cd’s?

  • mind state

    do rappers realized how ignorant they sound using profanity? black people have been oppressed for so long by the caucasian race and now we oppress ourselves by feeling the need to degrading each other with terms like nigga, bitch etc.

  • http://chris_r_wellsyahoo.com Chris Wells

    I respect the man that brought hip/hop to the main screan. I respect what he is saying also. I don’t think it was meant for those words to be used the way they are being use. It is degrading us as a black race and the black woman. Using those words mean that we are proud of those words and proud of what we are being called. Thanks Chris Wells

  • Still23

    S.Fraze, if u have that much time to type all of that (epsecially since it has no point), then you truly have no life and need to find a hobby or something

  • EReal

    @Atl

    Exactly, so I dont see what the fuck the big deal is.
    Whatever, this shit is getting old already.

    NEWSFLASH!

    THERES A WAR GOING ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 hunned.

  • ron

    It’s amazing to me so many so called hip hop heads and artist feel the need to use these words constantly to make intelligent observations in their communities. I understand that these words will never go away and that the media and industry promotes the unintelligent artist but we as a community have to be smarter than that. We control what we see, hear and say and the way we portray ourselves. Not the other way around. If we continue to allow ourselves to be manipulated, then there will eventually come a time where we will absolutly have no control over hip hop. Remember evey dollar ain’t a good dollar! think about it.

  • J.R.O.

    Blame Imus.

  • Opinionated

    I wish people would stop saying that if we dont like it then we can turn off the radio or not listen to it.Even if we dont listen to it we will find it one way or another. Why do you want to keep degrading yourselves? its pointless- We need to rise up and try to make the world better.

  • http://Mind4worldmedia.org Industry

    The deal is here sublime bottom line\ Black people find lyrics\society is the critics\ When distobution is a revenue big bizz for federals\
    ~Industry
    We as people have been enslaved countless measures have been taken To keep us in a hole… Conspiracy!!! lol

  • Domo

    so Hip-hop culd be censored but not other genres? YOu’re just taking away from the music.