Pro/Con: Should songs be censored given current events? (Video)

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  • Other popular artists who have been sensored

  • • Lady Gaga (above)

    • M.I.A.

    • Garth Brooks

    • Elvis Costello

    • Madonna

    • Marilyn Manson

    • The Beatles

    • Eminem

    Source: Billboard.com

  • First Amendment of the Constitution

  • Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government ...

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  • First Amendment of the Constitution

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

  • Ke$ha's 'Die Young' Lyrics

  • I hear your heart beat to the beat of the drums

    Oh what a shame that you came here with someone

    So while you're here in my arms

    Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young

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  • Ke$ha's 'Die Young' Lyrics

    I hear your heart beat to the beat of the drums

    Oh what a shame that you came here with someone

    So while you're here in my arms

    Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young

    We're gonna die young

    We're gonna die young

    Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young

    Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young

    Young hearts, out our minds

    Runnin like we outta time

    Wild childs, lookin' good

    Livin hard just like we should

    Don't care whose watching when we tearing it up (You Know)

    That magic that we got nobody can touch (For sure)

    Looking for some trouble tonight

    Take my hand, I'll show you the wild, side

    Like it's the last night of our lives

    We'll keep dancing till we die

    I hear your heart beat to the beat of the drums

    Oh what a shame that you came here with someone

    So while you're here in my arms,

    Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young

    We're gonna die young

    We're gonna die young

    Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young

    Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young

    Young hunks, taking shots

    Stripping down to dirty socks

    Music up, gettin' hot

    Kiss me, give me all you've got

    It's pretty obvious that you've got a crush (you know)

    That magic in your pants, it's making me blush (for sure)

    Looking for some trouble tonight

    Take my hand i'll show you the wild side

    Like it's the last night of our lives

    We'll keep dancing till we die

    I hear your heart beat to the beat of the drums

    Oh what a shame that you came here with someone

    So while you're here in my arms,

    Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young

    I hear your heart beat to the beat of the drums

    Oh what a shame that you came here with someone

    So while you're here in my arms

    Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young

    We're gonna die young

    We're gonna die young

    Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young

    Source: DirectLyrics

Some say music censorship is best illustrated by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.

In 1913, he premiered his ballet "The Rite of Spring." The audience rioted throughout the daring, avant-garde piece, in which he instructed the orchestra to play folk songs with pagan origins at the depth of their range.

A century later, it's a celebrated piece of art - but the world wasn't ready for it then.

Ke$ha is no Stravinsky, but she also has been censored. In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., where a lone gunman killed 20 school children, listeners of the top 40 radio station 95.1 KVIC may have noticed the raspy rap tunes of Ke$ha missing from the airwaves - at least for a week or so.

That's because morning show host Joe Friar pulled the songstress' flagship single "Die Young," then dominating the Billboard's top pop songs chart, out of rotation. He believed its repetitive chorus would rouse bad emotions on a medium many use to escape the reality and pressures of the day.

Friar, who has worked at the station, which is privately owned by a San Antonio lawyer, for about 10 years, said the song has nothing to do with the massacre. In fact, he knows Ke$ha and her producers meant to encourage people to live their life to the fullest.

Friar said he got both good and bad feedback for the decision he'd readily make again.

He said it was a sensitive time for the country, and rabid fans of the star could have gone elsewhere to listen to the song like iTunes and satellite radio.

"To me, censoring a song is when you disagree with its message or its lyrics, and you personally decide not to play the song for those particular reasons. In this particular scenario, that was not the case," he said.

Still, constitutional rights activists say it's problematic when one chooses what's best for all.

Should songs that are perceived to be morally objectionable be censored given current events?

Related stories:

PRO: Music evoking sex, violence is "toxic" and has no place on air

CON: One shouldn't decide what's morally OK for everyone