The reverberations of the Don Imus affair continue. On Monday, CBS had Bill Whitaker examine the waning appeal of hip-hop music. Now NBC's Rehema Ellis reported on the proposal by impresario Russell Simmons concerning the foul word that Imus used and a couple of others frequently found in the rap vocabulary. Simmons defends the right to free expression by musicians: "Rappers paint a picture of society, no matter how uncomfortable it makes you," he told Ellis. So he does not want a ban on whore, bitch and nigger in songs--the "three words that we think are at the core of the outrage." Instead, Simmons urges that radio stations voluntarily delete the expletives by using the bleep device.
Ellis played the philistine, seeing a debate over "what some call disturbing and others call art"--as if art is disqualified from being disturbing.
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