Thursday, August 6, 2009

F-word in Cobain Quote Sparks Controversy

The F-word has some folks hepped up:
The late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is igniting a new controversy in his hometown of Aberdeen, Wash. This one involves one of the quotes attributed to him on a new granite marker at an unofficial neighborhood park honoring him.

Aberdeen city officials are upset about the quote that says, "Drugs are bad for you. They will f--- you up." The marker contains the full F-word.

This was going to be a post about how people these days can't seem to express themselves without the frequent dropping of the F-bomb - followed by an urging to get off my lawn - but then I thought better of it when I realized Cobain's right. So it's a pretty good quote. But not something that should be put out for the general public. I'm a firm believer that young kids don't need to be exposed to the coarser aspects of culture any sooner than necessary and this is one of those times.

Oho, you say, you're in favor of censorship. Not at all. I just don't mind a little touch up to quotes to make them a bit more palatable to the general public. Who thinks that "Nuts!" was the original response given by General Anthony Clement McAuliffe when the Germans demanded the surrender of the 101st in Belgium during the siege of Bastogne in World War II? Yeah. You get the idea. Just as you'd get the idea if you left off a few letters from Cobain's quote. No big deal.

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