The so-called shock rock band, Marilyn Manson, is named after mass murderer Charles Manson, while individual band members use the names of American serial killers. The lead singer, Brian Warner, recorded in a studio set up in the actual house where the Manson "family" slaughtered several people and painted the walls with their blood. The recording studio was created by Trent Resnor, lead singer with the popular band, Nine Inch Nails.
The music industry has become so demented, that if Charles Manson was released, he would undoubtedly be signed to a record label before the door closed behind him.
The violence and misogyny of rap music have inspired various forms of protest since its inception. In November 2000, the Attorney General of Ontario, Jim Flaherty, attempted to have rap star, Eminem, prevented from performing in Toronto because of his violent and misogynist lyrics. The AG was acting in response to a complaint I filed with Metro Toronto Police under Canada's Criminal Code hate propaganda law, and under pressure from MPP Michael Bryant, the Liberal party AG critic. Unfortunately, at the time, the hate propaganda law excluded women from protection, and the Attorney General was therefore unsuccessful. Read more about that, and recent changes to the law, in the Hate Propaganda section.
HMV Canada Inc. - Sale of hate rap
Articles and information on a complaint I filed with the Ontario Human Rights Commission against HMV over the company's sale of hate rap.