Wal-Mart’s Music Censorship
Imagine Green Day just came up with a great album that everyone has been raving about. The excited fans decide to head over to the local Wal-Mart to grab an easily accessible copy of this album. Sadly, they find that Wal-Mart will not sell the album because Green Day refuses to self-censor their songs, which Wal-Mart demands of all artists. Wal-Mart also refuses to stock CDs with parental advisory stickers on them, although it should be the consumer’s choice on whether they choose a CD with a parental advisory sticker on it. This prevents music fans from buying certain albums that they want and have been so hyped up for. This outrage in the way Wal-Mart deals with music censorship is wrong and contributes to the reason why Wal-Mart is bad. Wal-Mart is a massive retail company that has large chains of department stores and warehouse stores all over the nation. The company was founded by Sam Walton, a businessman in Arkansas, in 1962, and it is the world’s third largest public corporation, making it very popular and well-known. Although it started in the United States, Wal-Mart operates in 15 different countries like Mexico, Canada, South America and the United Kingdom. It has 8,500 stores under 55 different names, for example, in Mexico it is referred to as Walmex. Wal-Mart also runs supercenters, which stock everything that a Wal-Mart store sells, but also has a full service supermarket like a bakery for baked goods. Despite being extremely popular, Wal-Mart is irresponsible in the way it deals with music censorship and should not be allowed to influence its consumer’s music decisions and monopolize music industries like the American record industry. The way Wal-Mart controls consumer decisions by only selling albums that are censored, and banning the rest without parental advisory stickers is very unfair. Bassist Mike Dirnt expresses his opinion on Wal-Mart’s music censorship by stating that, “As the biggest record store in the...
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