How We Got Duped: Insane-Sounding New Arizona Legislation Banning Latin Music
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Recently we caught word of proposed legislation in Arizona that would prohibit "subversive Latino music" from radio play -- meaning any tracks with five or more non-English words. It was to ban songs that:
1. Promotes the overthrow of the United States government.
2. Promotes resentment toward a race or class of people.
3. Is designed primarily for listeners of a particular ethnic group.
4. Advocates ethnic solidarity instead of treating listeners as individuals.
The legislation called for a state-run panel of experts to review music before it aired for "seditious overtones."
Folks all over Twitter -- including some of our favorite musicians and promoters -- got bent out of shape about it. And rightfully so! Hasn't anyone heard of the First Amendment in Arizona?
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After checking around a little bit, however, we realized something was amiss. The blog that originally reported it, the "Free Wood Post," claims to provide "News that's almost reliable."
That should have been our first clue.
Turns out the whole thing was a hoax, and we were totally duped.
How could we have been so dumb, you ask? Well...