The rap group 2 Live Crew and their controversial hit recording “As Nasty as They Wanna Be” may well earn a signal place in the history of First Amendment rights. But just as important is how these lyrics will be interpreted and by whom.
Heralding the First Amendment, proponents of free speech champion the right to expression unencumbered by government intervention. But is freedom of expression absolute and limitless? Should we be free to use words with the intention to harm? Should some words remain unspoken, or does this mind-set lead us to the path of censorship?