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Rock Concert Ratings

Rock group Marilyn Manson's current tour—which includes explicit depictions of violent and sexual acts—has met with protests from decency groups, sparking a call for ratings for rock concerts. What do you think?
  • "I agree that something should be done. I've felt this way since 1978, when I saw Shaun Cassidy eat a baby onstage."

    Irene Merrick Bank Teller
  • "This is a difficult issue: I'm torn between a deep hatred of censorship and an even deeper one for Marilyn Manson."

    Russell Bossy Student
  • "I'm sure teenagers wouldn't be flocking to these Marilyn Manson shows if they were clearly labeled as carnal circuses of nudity, gore and corpse-fucking."

    Dave Tonelli Paint Salesman
  • "I think those rock concerts are dangerous. I was at a BoDeans show once, and a number of concertgoers stood around holding lit cigarette lighters in their hands. It could have started a fire."

    Melissa Goring Systems Analyst
  • "Whatever happened to good old-fashioned songs like 'Would You Share A Strawberry Bromide With Me, My Sweet Pollybelle'? Everything today is about the sexy kissing and the holding of the hands."

    Ed Resch Science Teacher
  • "The only thing warning labels do is serve to make things even more attractive. Why do you think I drink anti-freeze?"

    Tim Langevin Legal Secretary

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