Ice-T & Time Warner Case

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Clifton Smith Business Ethics
Nov. 1, 2012 Ice-T and Time Warner Case

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Ice T's Introduction:
"This next record is dedicated to some personal friends of mine, the LAPD. For every cop that has ever taken advantage of somebody, beat 'em down or hurt 'em, because they got long hair, listen to the wrong kinda music, wrong color, whatever they thought was the reason to do it. For every one of those f**kin' police, I'd like to take a pig out here in this parkin' lot and shoot 'em in their mothaf**kin' face."

Ice-T’s Cop Killer!:

Yeah!
I got my black shirt on
I got my black gloves on
I got my ski mask on
This s**t's been too long
I got my twelve gauge sawed off
I got my headlights turned off
I'm 'bout to bust some shots off
I'm 'bout to dust some cops off

I'm a...
COP KILLER, better you than me
COP KILLER, f**k police brutality!
COP KILLER, I know your family's grievin' ... F**K 'EM!
COP KILLER, but tonight we get even

I got my brain on hype
Tonight'll be your night
I got this long-a**ed knife
and your neck looks just right
My adrenaline's pumpin'
I got my stereo bumpin'
I'm 'bout to kill me somethin'
A pig stopped me for nuthin'!

COP KILLER, it's better you than me
COP KILLER, f**k police brutality!
COP KILLER, I know your family's grievin' ... F**K 'EM!
COP KILLER, but tonight we get even

DIE, DIE, DIE, PIG, DIE!
F**K THE POLICE!

COP KILLER, it's better you than me
COP KILLER, f**k police brutality!
COP KILLER, I know your family's grievin' ... F**K 'EM!
COP KILLER, but tonight we get even

F**K THE POLICE!
F**K THE POLICE, for Daryl Gates
F**K THE POLICE, for Rodney King
F**K THE POLICE, for my dead homies
F**K THE POLICE, for your freedom
F**K THE POLICE, don't be a p***y
F**K THE POLICE, have some mothaf**kin' courage
F**K THE POLICE, sing along!
COP KILLER! I'm a muthaf**kin'
COP KILLER!

I. Executive Summary

So go the lyrics to cop killer by Ice-T on the album “Body Count.” “Body Count” was released by Warner Bros. Records, part of the Time Warner media and entertainment conglomerate. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece laying out the company's position, Time Warner CEO Gerald states that Ice-T's Cop Killer is misunderstood. “It doesn't incite or glorify violence . . . It's his fictionalized attempt to get inside a character's head…Cop Killer is no more a call for gunning down the police than Frankie and Johnny (1966 United Artists; 1991 Paramount Pictures) is a summons for jilted lovers to shoot one another.” Instead of “finding ways to silence the messenger,” we should be “heeding the anguished cry contained in his message.” Rap music has never generated more than a tiny sliver of total revenues for Time Warner, Inc., but the lyrics of some rap artists on its labels made it the target of powerful critics. These critics called Time Warner irresponsible for distributing violent, degrading, and sexist lyrics and for making money by undermining community values. “Like a junkie quivering toward a fix,” wrote one critic, “Time Warner simply can't resist cashing in on the amoral singers who work tirelessly to tear the culture apart, glorifying brutality, violence and the most hateful attitudes toward women the public culture has ever seen, ranging from rape to torture and murder.” Time Warner countered that rap lyrics which offend critics express ideas from the black community that deserve voice and, in any case, are protected as free speech. This response never worked. If Cop Killer has a message, it is that the murder of policemen is a justified response to police brutality. And not in...
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