Over the weekend, the iTunes UK music database began to inexplicably asterisk censor thousands of song titles, from Nirvana’s “Smell’s Like T**n Spirit”, Queen’s “K****r Queen, Katy Perry’s “H*t and Cold” and Danny Kaye’s “I Thought I Saw A P***y Cat.”
Apple UK says it is a “database glitch…” which seems to be a euphemism for the overzealous data entry of a temp concerned by the dynamically generated rape playlist soundtracks Britain’s insidious constabulary of pedophiles might put together after plugging “killer hot teen pussy” into iTunes.
Via Gizmodo’s own Jesus Diaz, whose early morning post about this debacle was a single fist thrust defiantly into the rainbow-spatttered sky of Apple oppression. Over the course of several spittle punctuated paragraphs, our good friend Jesus decried the asterisking of the entire Pussycat Dolls oeuvre as one of the most egregious violations of free speech this side of Kim Jong Il, before finally summing his potent arguments up with two powerful recruitment videos from the Che Guevara of guerilla free speech advocacy, Mr. Eric Idle. Jesus then observed that this was “a level of idiotic politically correct censorship that not even the FCC will apply here in the United States”… an excellent point, considering the fact that nothing about the censorship of the word “teen” could be characterized as “politically correct.”
A brave stand, indeed, Mr. Diaz! For in the immortal words of Martin Niemöller, “First they came for Devo’s ‘Pink Pussy Cat’ and I did not speak…”