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Music Distributor Censors Band's Song Due To Legal Fears

Music Distributor Censors Band's Song Due To Legal Fears

On April 26, 2009 the musical arts collective known as Caeser Pink & The Imperial Orgy was forced to change the title of their song Mickey Mouse World by the group’s digital distributor The Orchard. Without the name change The Orchard was not willing to distribute the song due to fears of legal repercussions from the Disney Corporation.

The group’s singer Caeser Pink said of the issue, “We tried to contact Disney, but like many large corporations they try to avoid communicating with the public and we were unable to even get a phone number or mailing address for their legal department.”

Ironically the song is a piece of social satire that warns of the dangers of mega-corporations taking control of media outlets and using it as a means to brainwash the public.

This is not the first time the song has met with censorship. In the winter of 2008 college radio station WFCF refused to play the song because, in the words of the station’s music director Amber Kain, “We don’t want to subject our listeners to a band that portrays Mickey as a Nazi.”

Caeser Pink & The Imperial Orgy has a long history of fighting for freedom of speech dating back to the early 1990s. Due to the social criticism in Caeser Pink’s lyrics the groups CDs have been banned from dozens of radio stations, their posters have been banned from college campuses, performances have been cancelled due to terrorist threats from radical religious groups, hosting companies have refused to host the group’s website, and their cable TV series has been banned by local cable carriers.

The lyrics to "****** Mouse World" are:

I'm Livin' in a Mickey Mouse world
Caramel covered, margarine coated
Sugar and spice, everything's so nice
Lots of pretty boys and girls so feast your eyes

One time back in the stone-age
Someone made a chalk drawing on the wall
Here we are 5,000 years later with 300 channels of cable TV
So much stimulation but I feel kind of numb
So much information yet I feel kind of dumb
I know it's supposed to be fun
But sometimes I feel I wanna reach for a gun

I'm Livin' in a Mickey Mouse world
Caramel covered, margarine coated
Sugar and spice, everything's so nice
Lots of pretty boys and girls so feast your eyes

Shallow people sure have it nice
So many movies and TV shows
Shallow people sure are lucky
All this music made just for them
So much excitation yet I feel kind of bored
So much titillation yet I feel so ignored
I know it's supposed to sooth me
But sometimes I feel like I just wanna scream -- STS

 
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