In the long run, however, the labels had the opposite effect of what was intended, as teens deliberately sought out the clearly marked uncensored versions and the record companies turned explicit content warnings into marketing tools.
The song that got the Mary Jane Girls in trouble, “In My House”, might as well be a nursery rhyme compared to, say, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s # 1 hit “WAP”.
Why rehash this whole pop music story 36 years after Snider, Zappa and Denver testified in Congress?
Well, there is an uplifting narrative to have here in 2021 for those campaigning to trample all traces of critical race theory into school systems. As with rock lyrics in the ’80s, CRT is accused of societal ills, such as deepening racial divide.
Of course, there are some important differences that should be noted. First, there is no doubt that the teens were listening to the music that the PMRC sounded so many alarms about.
Nor is there a charismatic figure at the center of the critical racial theory controversy to seductively sing in a video or eloquently defend the CRT in Congress. Arguably the only person at the center of the CRT controversy is a straw man.
It could also be argued, with great validity, that one of the myriad pressures to ban famous books from school libraries, from “To Kill a Mockingbird” to “The Hunger Games” to “Captain Underpants”, follows more closely the campaign against the CRT. , but we couldn’t have included all of those funny callbacks to crazy 1980s pop culture.