Censorship is never okay in a free society

Anna Solis, Online Editor

   Censorship is the practice of restricting publication or use of different types of media including books, songs, art, and other creative works. In our our country, we have freedom of expression guaranteed by the First Amendment, but in recent years, it seems that political correctness has trumped our constitutional rights in a lot of cases. For example, one of the most recent controversies concerned an old but still beloved Christmas song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” This is an example of how politcal correctness has become more important than our freedom of expression, and this should never be in our country.

   Censorship shouldn’t placed on “Baby It’s Cold Outside” because if we censor one thing then we’ll end up censoring all things.  Some activists drew attention to the song during this holiday season because supposedly it was sexist. They called attention to the line, “Hey, what’s in this drink?” These activists said that it alluded to the drug put into teenagers’ drinks (usually girls) to make them promiscuous. However, when the song was written, this wasn’t a practice and wasn’t the intent at all. It has been blown way out of proportion. 

   “Baby It’s Cold Outside” was a song for the holiday season, and it was composed in 1944 by Frank Loesser. According to FrankLoesser.com, the song was originally written in 1944. This was when Loesser and his wife had moved into the Hotel Navarro in New York. They gave a housewarming party for themselves and when they did the number, everybody went crazy. The song was a playful duet for him and his wife to perform while their guests bid them goodnight.


Senior Jenae Gallegos and Senior Gavin Conatser talk about how they feel about censorship.   Photo by Vazgen Yedoyan

The song was not the only thing lashed at in 2018. Critics are coming out of the woodworks to claim the most innocent of shows and books to be offensive or inappropriate. This includes the most outrageous things. For instance, the VeggieTales, a Christian cartoon trying to teach kids about the Bible recently came under attack. A group of California students have other thoughts on it. They claim the show to be racist and dangerous for children to watch.  These students said that VeggieTales promotes racial stereotypes for making the villains colored and having funny accents. However, Eric Metaxas, a bestselling author and former “Veggie Tales” writer and narrator said, “All vegetables are part of one race, even though they are of many colors. They are all descended from the same parents — the Adam and Eve of vegetables, who foolishly ate a forbidden fruit and screwed everything up for all vegetables descended from them. At least I’m pretty sure that’s the story.” his really shows in the music industry, as people debate if music should be censored or not. This could be said for many reasons.

   For example, if “Baby It’s Cold Outside” were censored, then that would go against the freedom of speech law. If we censor the song, then other genres of music may be censored. Take rap for example. It could be censored because a lot of rap music is offensive and demeaning, though we refrain from doing so because it’s either catchy or it’s freedom of speech and self-expression. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” should not be censored either for some of the same reasons. Censoring it would  have no purpose but to cause our society to lose an old time classic.

Senior Lucelin Lagunas and Freshmen Isaac Gomez pose for flirting