Wal-Mart recently announced they will not be stocking shelves with Green Day?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s new album, ?¢‚Ç¨?ì21st Century Breakdown?¢‚Ç¨¬ù because of language and what they refer to as ?¢‚Ç¨?ìadult content?¢‚Ç¨¬ù (except you can get it in Canada).?Ç¬†In fact, Wal-Mart told Green Day that if the band provides an edited version, they?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢ll stock it.
I?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢m fine with any store deciding what they will and will not sell on their own shelves, but I think it is?Ç¬†presumptuous for the store to expect bands to edit their works. In this case, I think it is?Ç¬†hypocritical?Ç¬†for Wal-Mart to offer censored products. I mean, if they want to take a moral stance, why not refuse to stock the products at all, edited or otherwise, if they don’t agree with some of the content?
I strongly support all artists having the freedom to produce whatever material they want. I believe consumers should be able to decide what art is?Ç¬†appropriate?Ç¬†for their purchase, and that businesses shouldn’t be making that choice for them.