There are George Carlin's seven dirty words, which you'll never hear on terrestrial radio, and there's a host of others that probably won't make the airwaves anytime soon because of decency standards, but how about the word "LeBron"?
In Cleveland, it's a dirty word. Offensive, one might say.
96.5 FM, taking the city's LeBron hate to a new level, has started censoring "LeBron" from Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" song.
“I was playing the song and realized that the word “LeBron” is as offensive to some people as the ‘Seven Words You Can’t Say On The Radio,’” said [nighttime DJ Joel] Murphy. “Anytime one of those words shows up in a song, we either bleep it, cut it out completely or obscure it by flipping it backwards. So, I suggested to our programming dept that we should treat the name “LeBron” similarly.”
“The reaction has been immediate,” Murphy continued. “Listeners thought it was a brilliant idea. It’s subtle, just enough to get the point across. Obviously, it’s totally tongue-in-cheek. I mean, we still say the name on the air. But, in the context of a hip-hop song, it sounds kinda cool hearing it flipped backwards.”
Nope. It never ends.
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