The worlds largest retail chain Wal-Mart have refused to stock Green Day‘s new album ‘21st Century Breakdown‘ in their stores accross the U.S. Apparently the retail giant wanted a censored version of the album without some lycrical content.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong responded to Wal-Mart‘s ridiculous request:
"Wal-Mart’s become the biggest retail outlet in the country, but they won’t carry our record because they wanted us to censor it. There’s nothing dirty about our record. They want artists to censor their records in order to be carried in there. We just said no. We’ve never done it before. You feel like you’re in 1953 or something.
If you think about bands that are struggling or smaller than Green Day … to think that to get your record out in places like that, but they won’t carry it because of the content and you have to censor yourself. what does that say to a young kid who’s trying to speak his mind making a record for the first time? It’s like a game that you have to play. You have to refuse to play it."
According to Wal-Mart, it is their policy not to stock cd’s with the ‘Parental Advisory’ sticker on the front. According to me, you can stick it Wal-Mart.