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Old 12-10-2004, 06:17 PM   Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence CD Lyrics Post #1
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Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence CD Lyrics

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Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence CD Lyrics
(AP, 12/10/2004 5:56 PM)

By David Dishneau

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which promotes itself as a seller of clean music, deceived customers by stocking compact discs by the rock group Evanescence that contain the f-word, a lawsuit claims.

The hit group's latest CD and DVD, "Anywhere But Home," don't carry parental advisory labels alerting potential buyers to the obscenity. If they did, Wal-Mart wouldn't carry them, according to the retailer's policy.

But the lawsuit claims Wal-Mart knew about the explicit lyrics in the song, "Thoughtless," because it censored the word in a free sample available on its Web site and in its stores.

The complaint, filed Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court, seeks an order requiring Wal-Mart to either censor or remove the music from its Maryland stores. It also seeks damages of up to $74,500 for each of the thousands of people who bought the music at Wal-Marts in Maryland.

"I don't want any other families to get this, expecting it to be clean. It needs to be removed from the shelves to prevent other children from hearing it," said plaintiff Trevin Skeens of Brownsville.

Skeens said he and his wife, Melanie, let their daughter buy the music for her 13th birthday and were shocked when they played it in their car while driving home.

Wal-Mart, of Bentonville, Ark., has no immediate plans to pull the CDs from its shelves, spokesman Guy Whitcomb told The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail. He said the company will investigate the allegations. No hearing dates have been set.

"While Wal-Mart sets high standards, it would not be possible to eliminate every image, word or topic that an individual might find objectionable," Whitcomb told the newspaper.

He told the Herald-Mail that the song sample online was censored by Walmart.com, a separate division of Wal-Mart.

Whitcomb didn't return telephone calls Friday from The Associated Press.

The lawsuit also names as defendants Wind-up Records LLC, the New York-based company that recorded the music and decided not to apply parental-advisory stickers; and distributor BMG Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, of New York.

Sony BMG declined to comment on the lawsuit. Wind-up didn't return calls from the AP.

The Skeens' lawyer, Jon D. Pels of Bethesda, said he aims to "take this case national, even if that means going state by state."

He dismissed Whitcomb's suggestion that Wal-Mart stores didn't know about the censored version of the song. "They are a multimillion-dollar corporation and they certainly can communicate among their various entities," he said.
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walmart is so lame

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Old 12-10-2004, 06:21 PM   Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence CD Lyrics Post #2
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I was just about to post this. I think it's fairly stupid many parents are freaked out over one or two little swear words. I bought not knowing it had curse words in songs but I knew the behind-the-scenes footage would have some minor swearing.

I really hope this doesn't give Evanescence a bad name. Evanescence never swears in there songs except for saying "whore" (Which can be taken as a swear word). I wonder what Ev has to say about this.

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Old 12-10-2004, 06:21 PM   Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence CD Lyrics Post #3
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what a bunch of BS.... that is the most crazy thing i have heard about today.

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Old 12-10-2004, 06:23 PM   Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence CD Lyrics Post #4
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It's already posted in the Anywhere But Home thread. (Click here...scroll down)

But yeah...people are so stupid.
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Old 12-10-2004, 06:24 PM   Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence CD Lyrics Post #5
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Like theyre daughter hasn't heard them say the F word before pleaseeeeee. Just some people trying to make a buck and get some attenion.
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Old 12-10-2004, 06:26 PM   Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence CD Lyrics Post #6
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Its even more crazy because on the dvd, THE PROFANITY IS CENSORED.
This iwll get thrown out since its a matter of free speech, this is another pointless lawsuit using resources in the system.
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Old 12-10-2004, 06:26 PM   Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence CD Lyrics Post #7
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hahaha
my state sucks.
walmart too.
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Old 12-10-2004, 06:27 PM   Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence CD Lyrics Post #8
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and they want $74,500 for damages.... how much damage could the f*ck bring to you? man, im going to sue someone because their word offended little ol me.

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Old 12-10-2004, 06:27 PM   Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence CD Lyrics Post #9
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Not in "Thoughtless" it isn't. But who cares; you can barely tell what the word is anyway, unless you're really listening hard or you know the words.
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Old 12-10-2004, 06:27 PM   Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence CD Lyrics Post #10
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ahem.. like their daughter hasn't SAID the f-word. one of my friends is 13, and we run around singing Thoughtless all the time.
I highly doubt she was greatly affected by it, scarred for life. what probably affected her the worst of all is that her parents appear to be overprotective morons.
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