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Popdose Flashback: The Furor Over 2 Live Crew

He may have called for “a kinder, gentler nation,” but the first year of George H.W. Bush’s presidency, 1989, turned out to be Ground Zero for the Culture Wars. It was the year of Robert Mapplethorpe’s A Perfect Moment exhibit, the year of Andres Serrano and Piss Christ, the year of the Helms Amendment restricting the use of funds by the National Endowment for the Arts – and it was the year of 2 Live Crew’s As Nasty as They Wanna Be. Luther Campbell was nothing if not a provocateur. (Considering the quality of his music, whether he was much of anything besides a provocateur is open for discussion.) Calling himself Luke Skyywalker, in open (and ill-advised) defiance of George Lucas’ possessive trademarking of all things Star Wars, Campbell took it upon himself to push the envelope of public decency in his quest for notoriety. As it turned out, he would get all he could handle, and the travails surrounding As Nasty as They Wanna Be would launch a new round of soul-searching throughout the …