Sharpton Leads March For 'Decency' In Lyrics
May 4, 2007 at 5:45 AM (PT)
Activist AL SHARPTON led a march against racist and sexist language in music on THURSDAY, targeting the big record companies three weeks after he pushed for the firing of radio host DON IMUS because of an on-air racial slur.
REUTERS reports a crowd estimated at about 400 turned out for the midtown MANHATTAN march past UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP and other record company buildings, shouting phrases such as "Decency Now" and "Enough is Enough." "We're saying there must be one standard. You can't have different standards for different people," said SHARPTON. "Once we finish with the record companies, we must deal with the HBOs and others."
WARNER MUSIC GROUP said in a statement on THURSDAY, "We take issues regarding the role of women and minorities in society very seriously... We edit explicit lyrics, including those that are the focus of the current public debate, from content."
SHARPTON said he had several of JAMES BROWN's children marching with him on what would have been the late singer's 74th birthday.