By Kelvin "Byg Datty" Wade
Did you read about 19-year-old Christopher Holder of Brooksville, Fla., who was arrested for disorderly conduct for using profanity in public in front of children? A mother called police and told them that Holder was shouting profanities and her children didn't need to hear that kind of language. The police came and took the foul mouthed fiend away.
Before we scoff at the charges, let's be aware that Section 23.4 of the Fairfield City Code says, "No person shall...use any vulgar or profane language within the presence of hearing of women or children in a loud or boisterous manner."
I presume that means it's perfectly okay to curse like truck driving, drunken sailor doing stand-up comedy as long as it's only within earshot of men. And I guess if your swearing is soft and nonchalant instead of loud or boisterous, that's okay, too. But I digress...
I can understand the mother being upset. I'm no prude and certainly no stranger to salty language, but I hate to hear people using loud profanity in public. It says something about them. It says something about their lack of home training. I once sat in IHOP with my girlfriend's granddaughter while a guy two tables away cursed into his cell phone. I gave him a look like the Terminator and he got off the phone.
Apparently, this 19 year old wasn't just shouting profanities. No, he was singing a rap song by Lil Boosie. I like a lot of hip hop myself. But why do people feel this is okay? Whether singing it themselves or blasting profane lyrics from their car, whoever said this was okay in public?
I just finished watching an amazing, wonderfully creative, visionary movie called "Across the Universe" which is filled with timeless Beatles classics. You notice you never hear people walking around singing Beatles tunes. Why not? "All You Need Is Love", "All My Lovin'", "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" beats hearing Lil Boosie's "My N----" or "F--- You." I can guarantee you there won't be a movie made 40 years from now featuring the music of Lil Boosie.
Why can't teenagers sing Beatles songs on the street? Of course, "I Am The Walrus" is not recommended. You're likely to have someone call the cops and you'll be 5150'd.
But this is a matter of being considerate. There's a time and place for everything. Use your head.