Green Day censored by world’s largest retailer.
Green Day lashes out at Wal-Mart policy
“They want artists to censor their records in order to be carried in there,” he said. “We just said no. We’ve never done it before. You feel like you’re in 1953 or something.”
“21st Century Breakdown” contains curses and some references considered adult.
Wal-Mart said that it’s the company’s long-standing policy not to stock any CD with a parental advisory sticker.
“As with all music, it is up to the artist or label to decide if they want to market different variations of an album to sell, including a version that would remove a PA rating,” Wal-Mart spokeswoman Melissa O’Brien said. “The label and artist in this case have decided not to do so, so we unfortunately can not offer the CD.”
But bassist Mike Dirnt said: “As the biggest record store in the America, they should probably have an obligation to sell people the correct art.”
I saw this while going to access my Yahoo email. Something tells me that this issue has more to do than with some bad words being contained in the music on the Cd. While I have not heard the music on the CD I wonder if there is a message apart from the offensive language that the retailer finds objectionable. I suppose that we may see as the music tour kicks off in the summer to see if any sensational buzz is generated.
Anyone a Green Day fan here and know what all the stink is about?