First I would like to say I appreciate The Post-Star’s dedication to publishing opinions from all walks of life. I read the paper every day without fail. The Sunday paper on Dec. 30 had an Associated Press article titled "Old favorites, outdated attitudes" on the front page. I realize The Post-Star did not write this article, but this one finally sent me over the edge. The article goes on to highlight many classic movies and songs that promote bullying, rape, race and gender bias to mention a few. The article questions if we should discard it or possibly decide if we should discuss further. It does say that erasing history is dangerous. What I would like to know is why The Post-Star, the AP or the #metoo-culture never addresses the current music industry? Our children and young adults listen to and drive the rap music industry. I agree that not all rap music is vile and disgusting. I challenge anyone to Google "The 50 Grossest Rap Lyrics of all Time." You will witness lyrics that glorify rape, degrading women, pedophilia, violence, necrophilia, drugs, sexual orientation, and the list goes on. The list only includes 50 songs. There are thousands of songs that talk of the same topics. The rappers are not just obscure performers but top "artists in the industry." I asked my son why people like the songs? He proceeded to tell me that, "this is our culture."
I would like to open a dialogue and ask anyone to explain to me why this is acceptable in this day and age and how it is "our culture?" The media and entertainment industry appear to be hypocritical with regards to certain crusades. It's time for someone to address the elephant in the room.
Tom Walton, Queensbury