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Friday, May 22, 2009

Greenday Furious at Wal-Mart but Who Isn't?

Wal-Mart consistently pays low wages, does not provide health-care to all of the employees like traditional supermarket employees have today, puts small companies out of business and hurts the environment.

Greenday is furious at Wal-Mart for a different reason, however. The band’s new album, 21st Century Breakdown, is not sold in any Wal-Mart stores. The giant superstore chain refuses to stock the album. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong claimed, “They wanted us to censor it.”

Hold up. This makes absolutely no sense since Eminem’s new album, Relapse, can be found at your local Wal-Mart. Armstrong doesn’t think that anything dirty exists in the new album to edit. The album has a few curse words and some adult references. The guitarist, Mike Dirnt, thinks that Wal-Mart should be obligated to sell the album due to the fact that the store is one of the biggest record stores in America.

Greenday’s last album, American Idiot, dealt with the band’s frustration with the president and the Iraq War. The new album talks about the confusion in today's society. Wal-Mart has the potential to curve the uniqueness and creativity of new/old artists by enforcing standards upon the creations of others.

-Sarah Saltzman

Currently listening to: “Santeria” from Sublime by Sublime

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