ROCK OUT CENSORSHIP - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

18. What CD's have been censored by Wal-Mart?


As we understand it, any recorded material that gets a parental advisory sticker added, will not make it to the shelves of Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart will stock so-called "controversial" material, but only after forcing the record company to comply with their demand that any potentially offensive lyrics or cover art be either changed or electronically edited to remove anything Wal-Mart executives object to. We have received reports from numerous fans that Wal-Mart does not always clearly label their edited versions as being such. When fans bring their purchases home and find they have bought edited versions, they will often attempt to return the product for a refund, only to be denied on many occasions according to reports we are getting.

We do not have a comprehensive list of the CD's that have been banned from the shelves of Wal-Mart or that have been edited for sale at Wal-Mart. But for more details on Wal-Mart's censorship of music, please visit this page on the Massachusettes Music Industry Coalition website: Wal-Mart's CD Censorship. If you have a Wal-Mart horror story to tell us, please let us know all the details of your situation.



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