Background

The History of Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Suicide Solution’ Lawsuit
The father of a teen accuses the famed rocker of triggering his son’s suicide with the controversial lyrics from one of his songs.

Anatomy of a Suicide
This article provides a detailed legal analysis of the Suicide Solution lawsuit against CBS Records.

TV Wins a Crucial Case
A U.S. court throws out an $11 million suit arguing that NBC’s Born Innocent movie was responsible for the rape of a nine-year-old girl.

How a Shower Scene Changed Television History
How four minutes from the Born Innocent TV movie helped transform primetime and herald the Family Viewing Hour.

The Ronny Zamora Story: Why TV Was Not to Blame
A case study of the “television intoxication” case by two communication scholars.

Critics

Violent Music Lyrics Increase Aggressive Thoughts and Feelings, According to New Study
Experiments conducted by researchers from Iowa State University and the Texas Department of Human Services show that exposure to violent music causes attitudes and thoughts of violence.

Impact of Music, Music Lyrics, and Music Videos on Children and Youth
The American Academy of Pediatrics warns against the deleterious effects of some types of music and musical entertainment.

Top 10 Worst Crimes Committed by Black Metal Musicians
History shows a link between some genres of violent music and a cult of death, suicide, and criminal homicide.

Black Sabbath
An article that critiques the music of Osbourne and its fascination with occultism from a Judeo-Christian perspective.

Hell’s Bells: The Dangers of Rock ‘N’ Roll
A documentary that criticizes rock as an anti-social and evil influence on young people and culture (video).

Champions

Suit Claiming Ozzy Osbourne Song Led to Suicide Dismissed
News of the judge’s decision to throw out the case against CBS Records.

Lawsuit Dismissed Against NBC TV
News of the judge’s verdict on the Born Innocent lawsuit, based on the First Amendment rights of the station and failure to establish criminal intent.

Musical Key to Unlocking Teenage Wasteland
Findings from a study that suggests young people with suicidal tendencies may gravitate towards hard rock music and lyrics, as opposed to the music causing these suicidal tendencies.

Media Violence Research
A compilation of various research findings that cast doubt on the link between media violence and real-life expressions of aggression and crime.

In Defense of Metal: A Response to an Unfair Critic
This rock fan dismisses allegations that the genre is for dropout, feeds on anger, and doesn’t teach social norms.

Related Topics

Six Most Idiotic Attempts to Blame Musicians for Violent Events
Several bands have been blamed for inspiring real-life violence and criminality, including Marilyn Manson, AC/DC, and even the Beatles.

Gangsta Rap
A look at the gangsta rap genre and whether its critics are applying racist double standards in their condemnation of its lyrical message.

Media Violence versus Real Violence
A discussion of research on the link between exposure to media violence and real-life violent tendencies and behavior.

Can Video Games Cause Violence?
This article suggests that the research is not conclusive enough to prove that exposure to video games leads to aggressive or criminal conduct.

Tying Columbine to Video Games
This article discusses claims that the perpetrators of the Columbine High School shooting may have been driven by the effects of video game addiction withdrawal.

A Crusade against Comic Books
In the 40s and 50s, some viewed children’s comics as a corrupting influence on American juveniles and campaigned for their censorship.

Other

Ozzy Osbourne
The official website of Ozzy Osbourne.

Nihilism
An overview of the philosophy that often lurks in the lyrics of extreme hard rock and metal music.

CBS Corporation
The U.S. media conglomerate that produced and marketed Ozzy Osbourne’s music and act before it sold its music business to Sony.

NBC Universal
Corporate website of NBC, which produced and distributed the controversial Born Innocent television movie.

He’s a Cold-Blooded Mass-Murdering Clown
Did Heath Ledger’s deep immersion into his character in The Dark Knight pave the way for his untimely death?