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Sony Distributes a Song that is Hateful and Derogatory of Boys



The Song: Girls Rule, Boys Drool

From: [not shown]
To: [not shown]
Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2001 2:18 AM
Subject: Your August 4 children's program: "Girls Rule, Boys Drool"

I followed this up and found it comes from a TV show called Generation O!

http://www.generationo.com/

and

http://www.generationo.cjb.net

The song can be heard as either RAM or MP3...

http://www.generationo.com/tunes.html

Specifically...

http://www.generationo.com/tunes/7.ram

OR

http://www.generationo.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/songs.htm

Specifically...

http://www.generationo.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Songs/GirlsRule.mp3

[Signoff line not shown]

A letter of complaint to the producer of the children's show that played the song

From: "Alan Finger" finger@cytek.com
To: rolando_carrera@emerson.edu
Cc: wers_music@emerson.edu

Subject: Your August 4 children's program

Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2001 23:36:51 -0400

WERS-FM
Emerson College
Boston, MA

Dear Mr. Rolando,

This letter is to inform you that your August 4th children's show, just after 5:00pm, aired a song completely inappropriate for your audience. The title of the song was "Girls Rule, Boys Drool" and was nothing more than a series of putdowns of children who are guilty of nothing more than being male.

The song was hateful and I'm sure that, had the genders been reversed, no one would have considered even having it in the studio much less playing it.

Sir, you may well have a son, younger brother, or other male relative who listens to this show. Just consider how he would feel after hearing an "official" media outlet playing a song describing him in such derogatory terms.

I would suggest, an on-air apology to all the boy listeners, by the show's announcer, next week would be very appropriate.

I will monitor the show as time permits from now on. If such garbage is played again, I will make a formal complaint to the Emerson College administration and to the Federal Communications Commission.

Sincerely,

Alan Finger

Contact information you can use to express your objections to Sony and other businesses (from a friend)

Here's some more information regarding the song in question, who you may wish to contact about it, and the kinds of thoughts you may wish to bring up. I imagine if you focus your complaint where it can really matter, you'll see the song disappear from TV, the radio, and online (Sony-owned or affiliated) web sites. Remember, boys buy a hell of a lot of Sony products.

Sony would probably hate considering the possibility some boys (or a percentage thereof) might switch to i.e. Nintendo because of a song called "Girls Rule" or the inferences said song attempts to illuminate.

Fwd/fyd:

GIRLS RULE - from the episode "Girls Rule Boys Drool"
© 2000 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Kids WB Logo - TM & © Warner Bros. 1999
Characters TM & © DC Comics, 1999

You may wish to include the following list of addresses in your recipient list:

SonyMusicOnline@sonymusic.com

feedback@columbiarecords.com

Epic_Records@sonymusic.com

LegacyOnline@sonymusic.com

feedback@sonyclassical.com

SonyWonder@sonymusic.com

Epic_Records@sonymusic.com

thestore@sonymusic.com

smsp@sonymusic.com

Some financial facts about Sony complaints could consider impacting:

http://www.sony.com/SCA/corporate.html

U.S. Businesses

  • Sony Electronics Inc.
  • Sony Broadband Entertainment (Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and Sony Pictures Entertainment)
  • Sony Plaza Public Arcade & Sony Wonder Technology Lab
  • Metreon - A Sony Entertainment Center
  • Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
  • Annual Sales / Sony Corporation consolidated $58.5 billion (FY ended March 31, 2001);
  • Sales in the United States: $17.4 billion

Workforce

  • 181,800 employees worldwide (FY ended March 31, 2001)
  • 23,616 employees in the United States

Major U.S. R&D and Engineering Facilities

  • San Jose, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Dothan, AL
  • Boulder, CO

Major Manufacturing Facilities in North America

  • San Diego, CA
  • Dothan, AL
  • San Antonio, TX
  • New Stanton, PA
  • Terre Haute, IN
  • Pitman, NJ
  • Springfield, OR
  • Tijuana, Mexicali, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

Entertainment Production

  • Sony Pictures Studios / Culver Studios, Culver City, CA
  • Sony Music Studios, New York, NY and Santa Monica, CA

Sony...

  • Is among the leading audio-visual electronics and information technology companies in the U.S. and worldwide
  • Is among the leading music companies in the U.S. and worldwide
  • Is among the leading motion picture and television production companies in the U.S. and worldwide
  • Is co-developer of the CD, DVD, and SACD; is developer, manufacturer and marketer of PlayStation® game console
  • Is the inventor of a wide range of audio-visual products for consumers and professionals such as the flat screen FD Trinitron® color televisions and computer displays, Memory Stick® IC Digital Media, Mavica® Digital Cameras, Digital-8T Handycam® Camcorders, the Walkman® personal stereo, 3.5-inch  floppy disks and MiniDisc systems; as well as Digital Betacam®, HD-CAM® and DV-CAM® products for professionals
  • Is publicly held, with shares listed on 16 stock exchanges worldwide, including Tokyo, New York and London
  • Has 1,078 consolidated subsidiaries worldwide

Investor Relations

7-35, Kitashinagawa 6-chome, Shinagawa-ku,
Tokyo 141-0001
Phone : 03-5448-2180
Facsimile : 03-5448-2183

Investor Relations

550 Madison Avenue, 9th Floor,
New York, NY 10022-3211
Phone : 212-833-6849
Facsimile : 212-833-6938

Investor Relations

15th Floor, Commercial Union Tower,
St, Helens, 1Undershaft,
London EC3A 8NP
TEL : 020-7426-8606
FAX : 020-7426-8677

And finally, a list of Sony subsidiaries can be found by way of the following link.

http://www.sony.co.jp/en/SonyInfo/CorporateInfo/Subsidiaries/


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