Your Revolution (spoken word)

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Artist: Sarah Jones

Year: 2002, 2003

Date of Action: February 2002 - February 2003

Region: North America

Location: Portland, Oregon

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Music

Confronting Bodies: FCC

Description of Artwork: The spoken word piece is a feminist critique of modern rap music, and features "vivid sexual imagery" often found in other rap music.

The Incident: The FCC fined radio station KBOO-FM for airing the song after a listener complained that it was inappropriate (although the complaint was made a year before the FCC took any action).

Results of Incident: Sarah Jones sued the FCC for infringement of her first amendment rights and filed for an injunction to prevent the FCC from enforcing the fine. Ultimately, the FCC reversed its decision and declared the song was not profane.

Source: http://www.fepproject.org/news/sarahjones.html


See also http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2002-02-03/news/0202010401_1_indecent-federal-communications-commission-artist and http://www.sfweekly.com/2001-06-27/music/the-fcc-wants-to-shut-down-your-revolution/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRgIGMwZd2o for a performance of the piece.