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Violence in video games: Trump met with game managers, members of Congress,
In the Wake of the Parkland school shooting, President Trump, to discuss the meeting with video game executives and members of Congress, the role of simulated violence and the impact on the youth of America.
They called it the “Dirty 15.” Fifteen songs by 15 bands or artists, the the parents music Resource Center found offensive due to the explicit content.
The PMRC, the Union leader of, Susan Baker, the wife of Mr James Baker, and Tipper Gore. Gore was the wife, then-Sen. Al Gore, D-Tenn., and later second wife. The actions in question, Prince, AC/DC, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Black Sabbath, Sheena Easton, and vanity. All the bands had songs teens loved in the time.
The children of the 1980s are now adults and parents. And the edgy music, is today a thing of the past. It is difficult to visit a sporting event, not blaring about Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe and AC/DC from the stadium speakers. When the Prince died in the year 2016, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and then-Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., praised his work in the Senate.
But back to the 1980s …
Facing pressure from the PMRC, the music industry agreed to slap labels on some albums, warning of graphic or violent content. The Senate Commerce Committee scheduled for September 19, 1985, to listen and to explore the questionable content.
Al Gore’s statements would be in addition to then-sen. Paula Hawkins, R-Fla., in the oral proceedings. The panel invited the three musicians to, you need to: Frank Zappa, John Denver and Dee Snider, front man of heavy metal Band Twisted Sister.
Snider strutting in the ornate meeting room in the Russell Senate Office Building itself was a performance to behold. Snider emblematic of the Christian right’s worst nightmare. At the hearing, Snider, as he just went in the class after hanging out with the dome in the smoke of a circular saw behind the high school between classes.
In his testimony, Snider tight blue jeans, a cutoff denim vest and a t-painted in a skin shirt. Snider’s signature, spiralized, platinum locks cascaded down his shoulders. Snider slipped out of the jacket, and a tattoo on his upper triceps. But like a roadie backstage, Snider, a network camera man was to get him a glass of water.
Before you sit, Snider fished around in his pants pocket during his opening speech. Snider, finally, a crumpled piece of extracted white paper as a flunky, high-school-sophomore-handing in his world history homework. Snider put the paper on the witness-table, and polished flat with the palm of his hand.
Snider’s physical presence and mannerisms in the meeting room Twisted personalized Sister teen-focused rock anthem “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
It was all choreographed… to Snider’s eye-liner.
Snider’s theatrics, mocked the stuffy customs of the stately Senate. But it made the point: Don ‘ T mess with the First Amendment and the freedom of art.
Snider, Denver and Zappa appeared on separate plates, as the sole witness. Denver is a grey-blue Sport blazer and a collared shirt without a tie.
By contrast, Zappa was wearing a business suit is the usual attire for a Senate hearing. If sen. Gore began his questions, he told Zappa, he does not agree with his positions. But Gore explained that “I’m a fan of your music bin, whether you believe it or not. I respect you as a true original and a tremendously talented musician.”
Snider beat Gore to the punch, when it came time for the Tennessee senator to begin his inquisition.
“You want to tell me, you’re a big fan of my music,” Snider broke Gore, drawing laughter in the courtroom.
A distraught Gore replied tersely.
“No, I’m not. I’m not a fan of their music,” Gore said. “I’m not a fan of Twisted Sister.”
The PMRC planned to impose the following section could be found on records parents offensive:
X: offensive or sexually explicit
D/A: drugs or alcohol
Well, that was a rock-star dream. The parents label their plate as profane or as the “devil’s music” or filled with sexual content. Who in the name of Nikki Sixx wouldn’t pray then lace your music with all sorts of references to the Scarlet Letter from the PMRC, and, voila, you sell more music on young people?
Still, Snider told the senators that it was the songs, he was not a fan of, either.
“As a parent myself and as a rock fan, I know when I see an album cover with a severed goat head in the middle of a Penta he said grams between a woman legs, it is not the kind of album I want to listen to my son”.
Snider pointed out that he smoke, drink or drugs. He also mentioned that he was a Christian, and did not want to go to hell.
Gore asked Snider to describe the abbreviation used in connection with the band: The SMFF of Twisted Sister.
Snider replied that the abbreviation stands for “sick mother-blanking friends of Twisted Sister.
“Is this also a Christian group?”, she shot back Gore.
“I don’t think blasphemy has nothing to do with Christianity,” said Snider.
“I was always a sense from your presentation that you observed a very healthy type of performer,” Gore.
People, video-games, in the Wake of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in Colorado. Armed Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were said to enjoy games such as “Doom” and “Duke Nukem.”
Then President Barack Obama has called for a review of the video games after the Newtown shooting in 2012.
President Trump opened up education Secretary Betsy DeVos to the head of a Commission to study gun violence. The industry has complied with a voluntary rating system for years. (2011) the case of the Supreme court recognized video games as protected speech under the First amendment.
But back on Capitol Hill in 1985, Twisted Sister ‘ s Dee Snider was trying to stand up for rock ‘n’ roll.
“I’m not trying, people recognize that heavy metal is not necessarily a bad thing,” Snider said of the senators.
And one wonders whether this is the same pitch, the video game industry as well.
Or as Twisted Sister sang, “you Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll.”