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House Speaker Bob Livingston resigned from office to prevent his affairs from becoming public information. Next, Representative Bob Barr (the first congressman to call for Clinton’s Impeachment) was exposed as an adulterer. Included in Flynt’s findings on Barr was that the pro-life activist once coerced his second wife into receiving an abortion. While these findings helped prove hypocrisy in the government, it did not stop the impeachment of Bill Clinton. While the public’s attention was tuned into the impeachment hearings, a tragedy that would change the careers of many musicians exploded.
However, the startling fact, later disclosed, was that neither boy had liked Marilyn Manson nor his music. This was not brought to light until several months after the tragedy. Since the backlash, Manson’s career has never recovered. While this is only an overview of censorship in the twentieth century, I believe it shows the shallowness in the mindsets of certain individuals. Rather than trying to discover the true source of our country’s problems, they would rather blame easier targets. While the public’s attention is taken up with issues such as these, they may be drawn away from other issues that are of far more importance to the public.
Many schools restricted their students from wearing T-shirts the school board felt were objectable. Other schools banned the use of portable tape decks, fearing students might be listening to questionable recordings. While these actions have never been debated, they could be perceived as prejudicial behavior. In 1998, a free concert to be performed by the Indigo Girls for a South Carolina High School was canceled after the school’s principal learned that the performers were gay. After this cancellation, the group’s performances at two Tennessee schools were also cancelled.