Some of you may remember the outrageous cancellation of EDM culture shows to take place at Mullins Center back in October- due to the fear of "Molly" use. The festival Return to Fantazia, and both Above & Beyond and Pretty Lights were cancelled in fear of drug overdoses. Soon after, a mass email was sent to students stating that "The Molly-taking culture at these shows is real and now exceedingly dangerous to the health and safety of concert attendees." Along with the statment that "We know EDM concerts are not the only place a student can use Molly or other drugs, but the evidence is clear that Molly use is closely linked to EDM events." My personal favorite part, however is when they make it known that "...college students should be trusted to take responsibility for their own actions..."
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Well, that's exactly what they did. They took responsibility. They raised their voices to the man, and even executed a Flash Mob, directed by the SGA President, Zac Broughton. The video strongly urges the board at UMASS to consider listening to the voices of the student body, and to treat them as the adults they are, as opposed to children without an opinion. This is an example of democracy- give the people their right to vote, to speak, to fight. Want to know what happened? Dictatorship. 'Murica!
Watch the Flash Mob:
The Daily Collegian reviewed the meeting between Broughton and the UMASS Board of Dictators -- "Broughton disagreed with the cancellation of these events, despite the possible dangers associated with EDM events. Much of the controversy arose from the messages sent by artists at EDM events, whose lyrics relate to serious drug and alcohol abuse."
Let's take a closer look at the artists under suspision of drug influenced lyrics for a moment...
1. Above & Beyond. This trance duo has openley discussed their views on drug use, stating that they will fight for the drug war, instead of against it. Their opinions are strong, and their lyrics are far from a needle up the arm. "On A Good Day" speaks to the every day struggle of finding yourself, maintaining personal strength, and finding the good in everything. "Sun & Moon" is about heartache, the first love, the one that got away. It's an emotional track that 99% of people can relate to, and although sad- still beautiful. "A Thing Called Love" reminds us to love unconditionally, and not to forget that true love still exists in the world regardless of the regrets or the dark paths we've encountered along the way.
2. Pretty Lights. Let me start by saying that Derek Vincent Smith (Pretty Lights) can not possibly be held responsible for "lyrics relating to serious drug and alcohol abuse" because, guess what? 98% of his tracks don't have lyrics! So, there's obviously strike one for the UMASS Board of Dictators. Beyond that, Pretty Lights music is much more ambient than most genres across the board. His music is calming, and reflective of the soul. Many of his tracks are used in Yoga studios for their thereputic qualities. No validity. Try again, UMASS.
Broughton fought further, stating that ìIf we held every musical artist to the standard of the lyrics they sang, there would be very few artists performing,î and also said that he "...does not support the cancellation of events like this based on the fact that cancellation violates the rights of students." Truth on Truth.
EDM is related to drug use? What about Hip Hop? Pop? Rock? Let's investigate just a few of the thousands of examples...
-Trinidad James popped a Molly, he's sweatin- and that's all we really know about him.
-Iggy Azalea raps about the white bitch, blowin like the wind, and crack rocks pop-pop-poppin.
-Kanye West is certain that there's something wrong with Mary since she's been on the Molly.
-Jay-Z is certain that MDMA has got everyone feelin like champions, but not to worry- Ambien will bring you right back down.
-Gym Class Heroes is all about getting high-- after all, 'Viva La White Girl' right?!?
-Eminem gave us a rainbow of drugs (with names) to think about, especially little 'Purple Pills'.
-Lil Wayne gives us instructions on how to make Sizzurp, and then sings about dying. Awesome.
-Miley Ray likes to dance with Molly and do lines in the bathroom. You go Glen Coco...
-Ed Sheeran makes prostitution & smoking crack sound beautiful, lighting pipes and flying to another land, and making love for grams. Niiiiice.
-Madonna stood up and blatantly asked 300,000 people if they 'Have Seen Molly.' Note- her worldwide tour was called MDNA. Ha, CATCHY Miss Donna!
-Blur wrings a compelling tune about turning to heroin and calling himself beetlebum after his love leaves. Heartfelt, No?
-MGMT openly told Spin that their tune 'It's Working' was about their narcotic adventure in the UK, specifically about extacy. Doesn't get more clear than that!
-Buckcherry knows what they want, being on a plane with cocaine - all lit up! Yee-Haw!
-Greenday is hopped up on Brain Stew, fucked up and spun out - passed the point of delirium.
-Silverstein knows when the drugs begin to peak, it's blatant joy - it's the Heroine.
-The Black Keys admire the Gold on the Ceiling while strung up and strung out, Nice picture.
-Ozzy Osboune boarded the Crazy Train and never came back home...
Then there's always Tom Petty, Grateful Dead, Beatles, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Huey Lewis & The News, Hendrix or Eric Clapton to look back onto for some serious lyrical drug instructions.
So if the ban is on music which lyrically imposes the use of illegal drugs- shouldn't the ban be across the board? Classic Rock, Rap, Hip-Hop, Blues... Why even have music-- after all, every genre crosses the border of the big bad drugs.
This is not censorship. This is prohibition. In 2011, California Congresswoman Fiona Ma openly stated that "Constitutionally, you can not ban a type of music." This was during her attempted legislation to ban raves after the EDC Los Angeles incident of 2010, resulting in a minor's death. Part of her legislation included attending a rave, whereafter she admitted that "like my opponents said, I didn't really know what was going on."
The video may be seen here:
UMASS- Knock off the bullshit, this is not a simple "ban" on something you know nothing about. This is a breach of the rights of your students, and is clearly not going down without a fight. You know, the one that defends the first ammendment.
To see and sign the ongoing petition UMASS students currently have to lift the ban, click HERE.