Letters: The Artists’ Assembly Against Austerity will provide a space in which we can mobilise to effect real change
David Cameron has announced age ratings for music videos in the UK. But will a 15 or R18 label really protect children from the latest Rihanna spectacle? And could censorship do more harm than good?
My Guardian piece – out today in the paper’s main section – on pop, censorship and why we should be concerned about the age certification pilot for music videos. Contains: FKA twigs, Angel Haze, Nicki Minaj, race politics, raunch, ‘stripper pop’, slut-shaming, queer visibility in film, TV and lit, challenging the swerf lobby [namely, OBJECT]. Special shout-out to Feminists Against Censorship’s Holly Combe for the excellent quote.
Sad to say my sign-off line didn’t make the final edit as it passed through the Guardian’s features desk – despite the commissioning editor telling me it was her favourite part. My ultimate position is this: with 3.5 million UK children living in abject poverty under the Tory gov, austerity is the biggest, most immediate threat to the welfare of our young – not music videos.
Officers have tanks now. They have drones. They have automatic rifles, and planes, and helicopters, and they go through military-style boot camp training. It’s a constant complaint from what remains of this country’s civil liberties caucus. Just this last June, the ACLU issued a report on how police departments now possess arsenals in need of a use. Few paid attention, as usually happens.
The worst part of outfitting our police officers as soldiers has been psychological. Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he’ll reasonably think that his job isn’t simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying.
If officers are soldiers, it follows that the neighborhoods they patrol are battlefields. And if they’re working battlefields, it follows that the population is the enemy. And because of correlations, rooted in historical injustice, between crime and income and income and race, the enemy population will consist largely of people of color, and especially of black men. Throughout the country, police officers are capturing, imprisoning, and killing black males at a ridiculous clip, waging a very literal war on people like Michael Brown.”
The media is the 4th branch of the government. it is time to take the media and journalist to task for their wording.
And people still want to think racism is dead? Wow.
let us be!