In 1998, university professor and professional prankster Kembrew McLeod trademarked the phrase "freedom of expression" as a joke, an amusing if dark way to comment on how intellectual property law is increasingly being used to fence off the culture and restrict the way we're allowed to express ideas. But what's happened in recent years to intellectual property law is no joke and has had repercussions on our culture and our everyday lives...
I built this collage depicting the Governator blowing away cops (from the Terminator) around a song I made from Joni Mitchell's "California" and L.L. Cool J's "Goin' Back to Cali," which begins with an excerpt from NWA's anti-LAPD diatribe "Fuck tha Police." While Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and the other guys in NWA got a letter from the FBI for fictionally depicting cop killing in song, Arnold was elected the governor of the state of California. I guess it helps to be white.