Warner Alliance Cries Foul Over Boycott
Warner Alliance Records, the diminutive Christian music subsidiary of Time Warner, is starting to feel the heat of nationwide boycotts of the entertainment behemoth by a variety of religious consumer groups.
Warner Alliance, which does not even appear in Time Warner’s annual report, says the controversy over rapper Ice-T and his “Cop Killer” recording, plus Madonna’s pictorial of herself in the contentious book Sex, may cause harm to the Christian label and its stable of artists, like Marilyn McCoo, Take Six, Michael English, and Kim Boyce.
Warner Alliance spokesperson Ruth Ann Lutzweiler said that a distinction should be made between Warner Alliance Records and Time Warner. “Even though we’re owned by Time Warner,” asserts Lutzweiler, “we are for all intents and purposes free to be who we are—a Christian record company, virtually independent of our owners.
“They don’t tell us what to record or how to do it; so before anyone boycotts Time Warner or writes them a letter about the current controversies, they should realize that they are indirectly hurting a sound, viable Christian organization.”
Focus on the Family spokesperson Paul Hetrick said, “Our complaints are not with Warner Alliance, they’re with Time Warner. We are very concerned about Madonna’s book, and since Time Warner continues to ignore good moral values and exhibits no social responsibility, we told our listeners that if they wanted to contact them and express their concerns, we’d tell them how.”
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