Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons yesterday recommended eliminating the words “bitch,” “ho,” and “nigga” from the recording industry, calling them “extreme curse words.”
The call comes less than two weeks after radio personality Don Imus was fired amid public outcry over his on-air remarks, in which he referred to a women’s college basketball team as “nappy-headed hoes.”
Simmons, co-chairman of the Hip-Hop Action Summit Network, called for voluntary restrictions on the words, as well as an industry watchdog to set up guidelines for hip-hop lyrics and videos.
“We recommend that the recording and broadcast industries voluntarily remove, bleep, delete the misogynistic words ‘bitch’ and ‘ho,’ and the racially offensive word ‘nigger’,” Simmons said in a statement.
“These three words should be considered with the same objections to obscenity as ‘extreme curse words.’”
The HSAN recommended the formation of a Coalition on Broadcast Standards that would consist of leading industry insiders from music, radio and television, although no artists or execs were specifically named.
“Our internal discussions with industry leaders are not about censorship. Our discussions are about the corporate social responsibility of the industry to voluntarily show respect to African Americans and other people of color, African American women and to all women in lyrics and images.”