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Teen Becomes First Person Arrested For Listening To Rap In Australia

Posted by Media Outrage on March 5, 2010

19 year old, Nathan Michael Wilkie, was arrested and charged with offensive behavior for listening to rap music in his car while he waited for his mother in a grocery store.  Smh…

Via AHH:

A 19-year-old teen will test Australia’s laws as the first person to be charged with offensive behavior, for listening to rap music.

Nathan Michael Wilkie was charged with offensive behavior as he waited in his car listening to Australian rapper Kid Selzy, while his mother was grocery shopping.

Police heard Wilkie listening to an explicative filled song, which they deemed offensive and derogatory towards women.

The Herald Sun reports that the case will go to trial in June, where Wilkie is expected to plead not guilty to the offense.

Kid Selzy himself plans to attend the trial, after Wilkie’s mother posted a message on his Myspace page.

“Unfortunately he saw me (his mum) coming out of the local supermarket with shopping bags and left his car running and music playing to help me with my bags and the local cops pulled in, Mrs. Wilkie wrote.

Kid Selzy told The Sun the whole ordeal was a waste of tax dollars.

“From what I believe, everyone has the right to their own opinion. I have lost two of my best mates in the last couple of years in tragic circumstances and I feel that listening to his music relates to life,” Kid Selzy said.

Kid Selzy’s album The Creepshow will be played during the trial, which is slated for June 11th.

Mediaoutrage– So ridiculous.

4 Responses to “Teen Becomes First Person Arrested For Listening To Rap In Australia”

  1. Lio said


  2. Kingston said

    That’s the dumbest charge I’ve ever heard of.

  3. Mrs. 2020VIZN♥ said

    I was about to say BULLSHIT! but after reading it, i found nothing wrong.

    “Police heard Wilkie listening to an explicative filled song, which they deemed offensive and derogatory towards women.” … Where im from expletives are banned from radios, hence fines for stations if they play it, also there is a cut-off time for dances. The problem is the CONTENT not the genre.

    There are public laws that govern how LOUD music can be played in streets and also about content, isn’t that law similar to the ‘public nudity law’, i don’t see problem here, itwasn’t a charge about RAP music, but about ‘expletives, offense and derogatory’ words.

    IMO, we need more LAWS like these as a society.

    P.S. Wasn’t youth also in a PUBLIC SPACE, meaning children listening. He has a right to listen to what he wants and I have a right to NOT have my earwaves polluted with derogatory material, esp. in a public space. There are earphones you know?

  4. MissTX said

    That’s definitely some bull. He probably wasn’t even playing it that loud. And so what it had explicit lyrics. That’s his prerogative, he’s an adult.

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