Photo by G. Art by Mr. Brainwash.
I read the news today, oh boy. Jim Morrison, my beloved lead singer of The Doors, may finally be cleared of obscenity charges stemming from an incident that took place on March 1, 1969 in Dade County, Florida. The Governor of Florida has said he will consider dropping the charges of obscenity against Jim Morrison. Legend has it that on that fateful day in 1969, an intoxicated Jim Morrison exposed his penis to the crowd at a Doors concert. He was subsequently arrested and convicted of these ridiculous charges and the stress of the trial, being found guilty and the damage it inflicted on all those surrounding Jim really took a toll on the final year of his life. To this day, no pictures of the alleged act exist and a bootleg of the audio portion of the show has circulated amongst Doors die-hards probably since that day in 1969. Though Morrison is obviously drunk, there is no indication that he was about to get naked! He definitely uttered a bunch of profanity, calling the audience a bunch of “fucking idiots” for (paraphrasing here) “letting The Man push them around.” Instead of being arrested for profanity, Jim Morrison should have been awarded the Nobel Prize! His words were true in 1969 and if you look around at what’s happening today, they are more true than ever!
I hope Jim is cleared just because the charges against him were ridiculous, but no matter what happens, I commend Jim for speaking his mind and for living in the moment. Obviously, this incident broke down so many barriers for freedom of speech and for freedom of expression and according2g, the only crime Jim Morrison ever committed was leaving this earth way too soon.