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The NY Times' dumb anti-profanity policyMay 07 2013

PepsiCo is dropping Lil Wayne as a Mountain Dew spokesman because of "vulgar lyrics" referring to Emmett Till after the Till family put pressure on the beverage giant. What lyrics? Because of its ridiculous policy against including bad words in such an august publication, the NY Times doesn't even say what the lyrics are! Which makes the entire article worthless from a journalistic perspective. The lyrics are the entire story...without them, it's just a bunch of press release bullshit. FYI, because we are all adults here (and your kids already know the lyrics), here are the lyrics in question courtesy of Rap Genius:

Pop a lot of pain pills

Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels

Beat that pussy up like Emmett Till

Yeah....

Two cell phones ringin' at the same time

That's your ho, callin' from two different phones

Tell that bitch "leave me the fuck alone!"

See, you fuck her wrong, and I fuck her long

I got a love-hate relationship with Molly

I'd rather pop an ollie, and my dick is a trolly

Boy, I'll bury you like Halle

How can people even discuss the artistic merit and/or offensiveness of the lyrics if you can't print them? The Times should either simply publish whatever it is they are talking about or not run the story at all. (via @bdeskin, who has been giving the Times shit about their profanity policy on Twitter)

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