Alright, a new topic for the music section, dedicated to radio edits of songs in music. This might seem random… and it is. To an extent, all censorship is arbitrary, but examining the “left field” edits should help restore some sanity and logic to the world.
Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” is one of my favorite songs. One of the lyrics is along the lines of: ’cause your sex takes me to paradise, ’cause your sex takes me to paradise, and it shows… yeah… and so on. This is hardly vulgar as far as lyrics are concerned, but every weekend I hear this song at least once. And this past weekend was no exception.
Now normally, I am singing along with this song. I am loud and off-key, but that’s okay. I am in my car and no one suffers for long. However, I happened to noticed this past weekend that there was an edit to this song. I am not sure which local station does this, I strongly suspect 99.7, but the word “sex” is bleeped. This is not the first time I noticed this edit of this song.
Bear in mind, that you can say mild swear words on radio, you can even say rhymes with hit (and you will be fined and fired/banned). However, sex is too hot for radio. This only happens on the weekend too! This word is not bleeped when the song plays on weekdays. The only thing to even justify this edit is maybe that since people are going to church, with small children in tow, it’s bleeped to make sure no awkward conversations have to occur.
Really though? That’s just stupid and unnecessary.