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Pat Boone, moron

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Pat Boone, never one of my favorites by any stretch of the imagination, has achieved the rank of full blown doofus.

I don’t think censorship is a bad word, but it has become a bad word because everybody associates it with some kind of restriction on liberty. …

Censorship is healthy for any society, and that goes for arts, entertainment, anything.

There’s not much I can say to this. Actually, there is.

Censorship: The institution, system, or practice of censoring.
Censoring: To examine in order to suppress or delete anything considered objectionable. [My italics]

Hey, idiot!? If you suppress or delete something, it is a restriction on the liberty of the person who had said/done the thing in question.

If you think something’s bad — so bad that it shouldn’t be allowed to escape into the world — then do what you can to try and stop it. Protest, write your congressman, hold your breath until you turn blue, boycott the offender; whatever you think appropriate to do so long as it is legal. I’m almost certainly going to both disagree with you and fight against you (because I believe that the answer to “bad” speech is to raise good speech against it). But be honest with yourself (and with everyone else) as to what you are doing.

Thanks to TMFTML for the tip.

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  • Yeah, because Pat Boone has been at the forefront of creativity. The reason he doesn’t really have a grasp on this whole censoring thing is because his only concept is the plastic wrappers on the drinking glasses in hotel rooms. And maybe when he wears a condom.

    Oh, wait, is he pro-life, then wearing a condom is a sin. Maybe he should ask Little Richard what to do?

  • Yeah, but Boone did an absolutely hair-raising version of Crazy Train.


  • Yeah, and the Osbournes said he was such a nice, quiet neighbour, too.

    Sharrrrroonnn! where’s me pants!

  • Will

    More Pat Boone Stupidity…

    Don’t expect Pat Boone to appear on CBS any time soon. In fact, Boone says he’ll never even watch the Tiffany network again.

    The clean-cut crooner is so steamed with CBS’s “60 Minutes II” for broadcasting images of the prison abuse that occurred in Abu Ghraib that he’s accusing the network of treason. He says showing those images has made the U.S. more of a target than ever.

    “For me, CBS has become ‘the enemy within,’ and I hope never to watch the network again,” Boone wrote in a letter to the conservative group NewsMax.com. Boone — who was once criticized for singing cleaned-up versions of songs made popular by African American singers (he changed Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That A Shame” to “Isn’t That A Shame”) — goes on to say: “I think most Americans ought to reflect on the results of their irresponsible and unpatriotic behavior and perhaps narrow their viewing options by one network. The next time America or Americans suffer at the hands of terrorists, thank CBS.”


  • Rod Stevens

    In time of war, when someone takes military intelligence and turns it over to the enemy, who in turn uses it to kill Americans it is called TREASON. I support Pat Boone and have joined his boycott against CBS.

  • I never watched CBS to begin with.

    Anyway, the larger question is censorship. I consider myself anti-censorship, but I (and everyone else) supports some forms of it every day.

    Kiddie porn is censored.

    Beastiality is censored.

    “Hate Speech” (a rather subjective term) can be censored.

    Pro-NAZI stuff is censored in much of the West.

    So, we live with a modicum of censorship everyday, without any public outcry. (I doubt this was Mr. Boone’s point, but I just thought I’d throw that out there…)

  • bhw

    when someone takes military intelligence and turns it over to the enemy

    I would hardly call the photos in that prison “military intelligence.”

    If you want to blame anyone for angering militants against us more than they already were, don’t blame the messenger, blame the military idiots who perpetrated [and allowed, and ordered, etc.] the acts against the prisoners.

    Those photos should NOT have been censored. American citizens have a right to know what’s going on in Iraq. If the military doesn’t want Iraqis to hate them, they should stop hooking electrodes up to their balls.

  • Tedd McHenry

    I’m not defending Pat Boone, but it seems pretty clear from the context that he’s talking about self-censorship, which is a very different thing from censorship imposed by someone else.

    “It must be majority approved … voluntary … and self-imposed,” he said…

    Your criticism of him would be much stronger if it wasn’t a straw man.

  • Actually, Ted, he’s not talking about self-censorship. Just before the part you quote is this:

    Mr. Boone said that if he were in charge of standards, there would be stringent controls on material. “It must be majority approved … voluntary … and self-imposed,”

    The article itself is very clearly talking about the FCC. And, think through what you are supporting. If a majority had ruled during the 60’s, then several seminal free speech cases would have been decided against freedom — the Fuck the Draft case, black armbands for students — actually any of the student free expression cases, the Pentagon Papers case — all of these were unpopular with a majority of the citizenry at the time.

  • Dave Manley

    I believe CBS exhibited both patriotism and a strong defense of the democratic principles on which our great country was founded by reporting on crimes being committed in our names. Apparently Mr. Boone believes the problem was not that Americans committed abhorrent crimes against Iraqi prisoners — the problem is that people found out! I suppose Pat Boone feels that true patriots would have kept it secret.

    “Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom
    of the press, nor that be limited without danger of
    losing it.” –Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, 1786.

    Government is good and great only when its actions take place in the bright light of the scrutiny of the governed. It is precisely because of reporting like this that keeps our country strong. I believe that reports (even painful reports on things as shameful as this) keep these things from happening more often.

    Consider all the brutal, repressive, corrupt regimes around the world. How many of them enjoy a press free enough to report on their activities? Now consider the honorable, respected, upstanding countries of the world. All of their citizens know exactly what their governments are doing in their names.

    CBS (and the media in general) isn’t the problem. They’re not the unpatriotic ones. The soldiers (and their superiors, however high that accountability rightly extends) are the ones who have shamed us and disgraced themselves. We expect better from our government, and we cannot insist on it, unless we know what it’s doing.

  • Took the day off and was just reading up some blogs and thought I would post here

  • Erica Gordon

    I guess it’s ok to deny the need for censorship if you have no children or grandchildren. Then you can go into denial about the fact that there is an absolute loss of innocence of children because of poor media discretion and responsibility. Some subject matter and concepts should be restricted from media. Or else why not go all the way why not show people actually being murdered and raped on TV. How about showing someone falling off a building and how he/she looks when they hit the ground. How about someone actually being burned to death. Hey let’s let our kids start with their nightmares, fears and obsessions as soon as possible! Why should children lead happy, healthy, carefree lives! Why draw the line anywhere–freedom of speech, and expression–yeah let it all hang out!

    Wake up and smell the coffee neighbors–our kids are getting jacked by the media!