Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Pogues, the Beeb, and the Faggot Word

When I heard that the BBC had censored a Pogues song by bleeping the word "faggot" all I could think of was....kookamunga !! With friends like that who needs enemies?

The BBC was forced into an embarrassing reversal after overturning a decision to censor the word “faggot” from the popular Christmas song A Fairytale of New York.

The story of two lovers who trade insults on Christmas Eve, includes the line: “You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot, Happy Christmas your arse, I pray God it’s our last.”

And then to make matters even worse. Just when I thought this absurd episode was over.

Along comes Peter Tatchell...

“I challenge anyone who defends the use of the word ‘faggot’ to state that they would also defend the right to use the word ‘nigger’ as a term of abuse in a song. They won’t and that makes them cowardly, homophobic hypocrites.”

Oh no.....carry me off the battlefield. I need to lie down.

He's right of course in the wider sense. People say things about us that they'd never say about any other group. Take our so-called friends at the BBC for example...

It is not the first occasion Radio 1 has run into controversy over the use of potentially homophobic language. Moyles sparked a complaint when he dismissed a ringtone as “gay”. But the BBC Board of Governors ruled that the word now means “lame” or “rubbish” to young people.

Nice. Coming soon .... isn't that JEW? Or isn't that soooooooo BLACK? Or how ARAB can you get?

Like every other gay person I also know that the F word is used to put us down...bully kids..and even on occasion to threaten our lives. It started just about every fight I've ever been in. And I've been in a lot. But it also depends on who says it, where, how, and why.

I mean if two hetero lovers want to insult each other ....like they do in the song.... can YOU think of another nasty word that rhymes with maggott?

Besides when it comes to the Pogues I can PROVE that there was no harmful intent.

By playing this song...




The name of the song? If I Should Fall From Grace With God.

But EVERYONE knows it's got nothing to do with God.

It's just an excuse to DANCE.

Because sometimes words are weapons.

And sometimes they're just WORDS...

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P.S. In case you thought this is just a lefty problem... just check out all the words these right wing religious fanatics seem to frown upon.

"Bisexuals, trisexuals, Homo Sapiens..... Pee Wee Herman, German wine, turpentine, Gertrude Stein...."

OMFG. Not TRI - sexuals, HOMO Sapiens, Gertrude Stein.... AND German wine.

Kookamunga !! Let the real homophobes be crazy.

Let the rest of us LIGHTEN UP.....

2 comments:

  1. Why is this happening so many thousand years later? I used to hang out at The Last Temptation in Kensington Market and we played that song all the time. Half of us were fags and we never gave a shit. This is old hat, this is how the Bush legacy has turned ourselves against each other. I’m not doing it, I will fight, and this faggot fights to win

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  2. Alone, we are delicate twigs. But together, we are a mighty fagot.

    Happy Giftannukwanzamas Day Si!

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