In 1972, a Paul McCartney song
was banned by the BBC because of its overtly political message. Twenty years later, "Big Boys Bickering," a McCartney composition with a different political message, was refused airplay by radio stations in the United States, but not because of its political content, rather because it uses the dreaded F word no less than seven times.
McCartney defended his use of profanity in a filmed interview saying "...I'm talking about, erm, the ozone layer and the big hole in it, fifty mile wide hole. I don't think well that's a flipping hole, I think that's a f--king big hole"; it was the only word that fit to save the planet, he said.
Some pundits were unimpressed, one said McCartney was being deliberately sensational, another said he should be remembered for his classic songs rather than for his writings on the subway wall.
Needless to say, this self-censorship by the music media together with the inevitable publicity boosted record sales.