Think about a Welsh rugby match with out ‘Delilah’, a Christmas celebration with out The Pogues, or a hen do and not using a raucous duet of Grease mega-hit Summer season Nights. What a joyless expertise that will be.
However then many music followers would say the identical of a Rolling Stones gig with out considered one of their greatest, catchiest, best-loved hits, Brown Sugar, which has been dropped from the set record of their US tour after coming underneath hearth from the woke brigade for its depiction of slavery and sexual violence.
It does not matter that the track, written in 1969, is clearly anti-slavery. The very point out was sufficient to ship keyboard warriors right into a rabid frenzy – and power Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to again down, fearing being ‘cancelled’ themselves.
So, what different traditional songs, staples at birthday events, household weddings and sports activities matches, may subsequent discover themselves on the woke watchlist?
Proper on the prime, in line with some, is Sir Tom Jones’s anthem Delilah, whose rousing refrain, belted out by swaying rugby followers after a couple of pints, has turn into the a lot beloved soundtrack to Welsh rugby matches around the globe.
However it has confronted repeated calls to be banned from matches over its depiction of home violence. The track’s narrator stabs his lover, Delilah, after he sees her dishonest.
‘I crossed the road to her home and he or she opened the door,’ he sings, in a line a lot additional down from the higher recognized refrain. ‘She stood there laughing. I felt the knife in my hand and he or she laughed no extra.’
Grease’s Summer season Nights additionally comes underneath hearth for its remedy of ladies. ‘Inform me extra, inform me extra/ did she put up a combat?,’ sings one T-Chicken.
Even Queen, beloved by tipsy aunties, karaoke stars and just about everybody, have confronted criticism. Their obvious crime? Selling little one abuse.
Because the lyrics to Fats Bottomed Women go: ‘I used to be only a skinny lad / By no means knew no good from unhealthy / However I knew love earlier than I left my nursery / Left alone with huge fats Fanny / She was such a naughty nanny / Hey huge lady, you made a foul boy out of me.’
It does not matter that Brian Might, Queen’s guitarist and author of this chart-chopper, defined it is merely a couple of younger man who needs to have fun his love of curvaceous ladies.
So, would your favorite sing-along tune escape the cancel tradition crackdown? Learn on to find among the ‘offenders’ most in danger…
SUMMER NIGHTS: SEXUAL ASSAULT
by THE CAST OF GREASE, 1978
Summer season Nights was first carried out by Sandy (Olivia Newton-John), Danny (John Travolta) in 1978 movie Grease. Now, it is a mainstay of sleepovers and hen dos. However the lyric of ‘inform me extra, inform me extra / did she put up a combat?’ has come underneath hearth
The offending lyrics: ‘Inform me extra, inform me extra/Did she put up a combat?’
The argument: This musical theatre traditional was first carried out by Sandy (Olivia Newton-John), Danny (John Travolta) in 1978 movie Grease. Now, it is a mainstay of sleepovers and hen dos. Who hasn’t sung that top word on the finish right into a hairbrush?
The decision-and-response observe, accompanied by a fizzing dance routine on the bleachers and tables exterior the fictional Rydell Excessive Faculty, options Danny and Sandy slowly revealing particulars of their summer time fling to their respective teams of associates.
However some listeners have taken problem with the lyric, ‘Inform me extra, inform me extra / did she put up a combat?,’ claiming it portrays Travolta’s character as a sexual predator and condones sexual assault.
Livid Twitter commentators branded the language ‘rapey’. Individually, the musical has come underneath hearth for its depiction of a personality trying up a woman’s skirt on the varsity bleacher and the bullying Sandy receives for being a virgin.
A 2016 filmed manufacturing of the Grease: Reside, which aired on Fox within the US, eliminated among the controversial strains from the unique movie however saved ‘Did she put up a combat?’
DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS?: ‘WHITE SAVIOUR MENTALITY’
by BAND AID, 1984
Bob Geldof et. al. had good intentions in releasing the one, which raised important funds for victims of Ethiopian famine, however it could appear that is not sufficient
Oh, no, no! One other festive track underneath hearth: Fairytale of New York by The Pogues
Do not add this to the playlist, both!
Using ‘f****t’ on this Christmas observe led to the unique model being banned by Radio 1, which determined to play a model with the lyrics: ‘You are low-cost and also you’re haggard’.
However singer Shane MacGowan has defended the track prior to now, explaining that it is sung by a personality ‘down on her luck’.
‘The phrase was utilized by the character as a result of it fitted with the best way she would communicate and along with her character,’ he stated in 2018.
‘She shouldn’t be speculated to be a pleasant particular person, or perhaps a healthful particular person. … Typically characters in songs and tales must be evil or nasty as a way to inform the story successfully.’
The offending lyrics: The entire track, as illustrated: ‘And there will not be snow in Africa this Christmas time / The best present they’re going to get this 12 months is life / The place nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers stream / Do they know it is Christmas time in any respect?’
The argument: The festive season is fraught sufficient with out the added potential drama of being accountable for the Christmas celebration playlist.
Particularly when there’s a likelihood you play a crowd-pleaser… solely to be taught it’s now too offensive to even play in public.
Such is the destiny of Do They Know It is Christmas?, the 1984 charity hit by all-star group Band Support.
The ‘most culturally insensitive Christmas track of all time’, declares one article, others blast it for being ‘paternalistic’ in the direction of Africa, which it depicts as a ‘single entity’.
Because the track goes: ‘There is a world exterior your window / And it is a world of dread and concern / The place the one water flowing / Is the bitter sting of tears…
‘And there will not be snow in Africa this Christmas time / The best present they’re going to get this 12 months is life / The place nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers stream / Do they know it is Christmas time in any respect?’
Bob Geldof et. al. had good intentions in releasing the one, which raised important funds for victims of Ethiopian famine, however that’s not sufficient to guard it at present. So, finest to depart it off the festive tunes for now.
DELILAH: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
by TOM JONES, 1968
Tom Jones’s much-loved observe Delilah – adopted by Welsh rugby followers as a stadium anthem – has confronted repeated criticism over its ‘trivialisation’ of violence in opposition to ladies
The offending lyrics: ‘I crossed the road to her home and he or she opened the door / She stood there laughing / I felt the knife in my hand and he or she laughed no extra.’
The argument: Even individuals who aren’t rugby followers can not help however get caught up with the melody of Tom Jones’s Delilah when the refrain erupts round a stadium. However you finest maintain your mouth firmly shut subsequent time, or else be vulnerable to selling violence in opposition to ladies.
The track tells the story of a person who walks previous a window and sees his lover, Delilah, having intercourse with one other man.
‘Out of his thoughts’ with rage, the person takes it upon himself to stab her to loss of life.
‘I crossed the road to her home and he or she opened the door / She stood there laughing / I felt the knife in my hand and he or she laughed no extra.’
The Welsh Rugby Union confronted calls to ban the track from matches as not too long ago as final 12 months, following comparable calls in 2014 and 2016.
The WRU has beforehand defended the track, saying: ‘Inside rugby, Delilah has gained prominence by way of its musicality reasonably than due to its lyrics.
‘There’s nonetheless loads of precedent in artwork and literature, prominently in Shakespearean tragedies as an example, for unfavourable facets of life to be portrayed.’
FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS: CHILD SEX ABUSE AND ‘FATTIST’
by QUEEN, 1978
Hidden that means? Fats Bottomed Women by Queen has confronted boycott due to its description of ‘little one abuse’
The offending lyrics: ‘I used to be only a skinny lad / By no means knew no good from unhealthy / However I knew love earlier than I left my nursery / Left alone with huge fats Fanny / She was such a naughty nanny / Hey huge lady, you made a foul boy out of me
The argument: In a music business that also faces criticism for reinforcing unrealistic magnificence requirements, Queen’s Fats Bottomed Women was held up as a celebration of what’s now referred to as ‘physique variety’.
However irate would-be music critics declare these listeners are lacking a hidden that means of the track: little one abuse’.
The offending lyrics come in the direction of the beginning of the observe, after the primary verse, when the narrator reveals assembly ‘huge fats Fanny’, a ‘very naughty nanny’ who ‘made a foul boy’ out of him.
There are a number of heated on-line boards devoted to ‘exposing’ this ‘sick’ depiction of kid abuse, with titles like: ‘Fats Bottomed Women Is About Youngster Sexual Abuse’.
Guitarist Brian Might, who wrote the track, has spoken out to elucidate what the track is actually about.
‘It is a couple of younger man who comes to understand ladies of considerable girth,’ he instructed Mojo journal in October 2008. ‘I wrote it with Fred in thoughts, as you do particularly when you’ve acquired a terrific singer who likes fats bottomed women… or boys.’
Others additionally now take problem with the outline of ‘fats bottomed women’, claiming it’s ‘fattist’ to make use of the time period within the title.
KUNG FU FIGHTING: RACIST AND CULTURAL APPROPRIATION
by CARL DOUGLAS, 1974
Preventing off criticism: Singer Carl Douglas
Offending lyrics: ‘There was funky China males from funky Chinatown / They have been chopping them up / They have been chopping them down / It is an historical Chinese language artwork / And everyone knew their half.’
The argument: Kung Fu Preventing was the most important promoting hit of 1974, topping the charts within the UK and the U.S. and turning singer Carl Douglas right into a star.
The silliness of pretending to do kung fu strikes in the course of a dancefloor seemingly by no means will get outdated.
And but the track, which has come underneath hearth for propagating racist stereotypes, has proved so inflammatory that a cowl artist was even arrested for singing it in a bar on the Isle of Wight.
The singer claimed he was midway by way of the track when he was approached by a Chinese language man swearing at him. The person claimed he had been the topic of racist abuse.
On the time Douglas described the choice to arrest Mr Ledger as ‘political correctness gone mad’ as a result of the track was not racist.
‘The arrest is just a little unbelievable as a result of there’s no racism within the track. It’s very unusual certainly. I am very happy with the track. Everybody instructed me that a fusion of the west and east couldn’t work and I stated “no, it could actually”. I’ve cousins which might be Chinese language in Jamaica, so I knew it may work. Why would I sing a track that might be interpreted as racist?’
by THE KINKS, 1970
Controversial: The Kinks’ Lola has been branded each ‘transphobic’ and ‘transpositive’
Offending lyrics: ‘Why she walked like a girl however talked like a person’
The argument: In contrast to different inclusions on the woke watch record, Lola by the Kinks has been controversial from the outset.
The BBC was initially so scandalised by the point out of ‘Coca-Cola’ (which contravened its strict product placement guidelines), that it banned the observe, whereas the liberating lyric of ‘women shall be boys, and boys shall be women’ was thought of too radical for a number of radio stations throughout Australia and the US.
This solely made it extra standard, and ultimately the track reached the highest 10 on either side of the Atlantic.
It has acquired reward – each on the time of its launch and extra not too long ago – over it is story a couple of man who has a passionate evening with Lola, who ‘walked like a girl however talked like a person’.
However now these lyrics, the one which made it an early LGBT hit, have introduced it in for criticism for being ‘transphobic’.
WALK LIKE A MAN: SEXIST
by THE FOUR SEASONS, 1963
Strolling into bother: The 4 Seasons who had successful with 1963 observe Stroll Like A Man
Offending lyrics: Stroll like a person / Discuss like a person / Stroll like a person, my son
The argument: Simply as playground taunts like ‘you throw like a woman’ are actually banned for being sexist, so too is doing something ‘like a person’.
The The 4 Seasons’ 1963 track Stroll Like A Man, which stays standard with musical theatre followers at present due to its inclusion in stage present The Jersey Boys, due to this fact, should be virtually insufferable to ‘woke’ listeners.
Nearly the whole observe is a person recounting the recommendation given to him by his father on learn how to recover from heartbreak: ‘Stroll like a person / Discuss like a person / Stroll like a person, my son.’
It’s removed from the one track that might face criticism for reinforcing gender stereotypes. Shania Twain, for instance, sings ‘Man, I am Feeling Like A Girl’. Possibly that is additionally not allowed?
IN THE GHETTO: RACIST AND CLASSIST
by ELVIS PRESELY, 1969
They will not thanks very a lot! The track was credited with reviving Elvis’s profession however may result in the top of yours if sung on the finish of a piece karaoke evening out
Offending lyrics: The entire track
The argument: The track was credited with reviving Elvis’s profession however may result in the top of yours if sung on the finish of a piece karaoke evening out.
It tells the determined story of just a little boy who grows up in ‘the ghetto’ and falls into a lifetime of crime in what looks as if an inevitable cycle.
Songwriter Mac Brown has defined: ‘The phrase ‘ghetto’ was simply changing into standard to explain the components of city areas the place poor individuals have been residing and could not get out. They have been caught there, and everyone took off to the suburbs…
‘At any price, I might all the time needed to put in writing a track about it, the place a child is born, he does not have a male mother or father, and falls into the flawed individuals and dies simply as one other child comes alongside and replaces him. It is only a vicious circle.’
However the track has been accused of getting a ‘white saviour’ narrative, in addition to being ‘classist’ and ‘racist’. Now simply utilizing the phrase ‘ghetto’ is taken into account inflammatory by some, owing to its derogatory connotations.
WHEN I KISSED THE TEACHER: INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP
by ABBA, 1976
An harmless schoolgirl crush is hardly controversial, however ABBA’s enjoyable pop track may nicely discover itself on the banned record, with lyrics describing a bootleg smooch
An harmless schoolgirl crush is hardly controversial, however ABBA’s enjoyable pop track may nicely discover itself on the banned record, with lyrics describing a bootleg smooch.
The track goes: ‘My complete class went wild. As I held my breath, the world stood nonetheless, however then he simply smiled.
‘I used to be within the seventh heaven after I kissed the instructor.’
If the snog with the instructor wasn’t unhealthy sufficient, the concept of the whole class witnessing will certainly horrify the woke brigade.
STAND BY YOUR MAN: ANTI-FEMINIST
by TAMMY WYNETTE
Anti-feminist? Tammy Wynette inspired ladies to remain by untrue companions within the track
Offending lyrics: You may have unhealthy occasions, and he’ll have good occasions / Doin’ issues that you do not perceive / However when you love him, you will forgive him / Although he is arduous to know.
The argument: A karaoke favorite, Stand By Your Man was written in 15 minutes in 1968, and it is definitely a belter.
However it’s come underneath hearth for lyrics that encourage ladies to ‘love and forgive’ a dishonest companion, and lower him numerous slack only for being male.
Lyrics like: ‘And when you love him, oh, be happy with him, ‘trigger in any case, he is only a man,’ may really be interpreted as condescending in the direction of males, reasonably than patronising to ladies, however why let that get in the best way of a cancelling?
CHINA GIRL: COLONIALISM
by DAVID BOWIE AND IGGY POP, 1983
China Woman by David Bowie and Iggy Pop has come underneath hearth for its colonialist imagery
Offending lyrics: ‘Into city similar to a sacred cow, visions of swastikas in my head, plans for everybody,’ ‘I’ll offer you tv/ I’ll offer you eyes of blue/ I’ll offer you a person who needs to rule the world.’
The argument: The racy video for China Woman was deemed an excessive amount of for TV, however it’s the lyrics most definitely to trigger objection at present.
The track makes ‘informal reference’ to ‘White privilege and colonialism’, in addition to reference to Nazi symbolism.
At one level the lyrics go: ‘Into city similar to a sacred cow, visions of swastikas in my head, plans for everybody,’ ‘I’ll offer you tv/ I’ll offer you eyes of blue/ I’ll offer you a person who needs to rule the world.’
Iggy spoke out to elucidate China Woman is a metaphor for heroin, nevertheless it won’t be sufficient to put it aside from the woke scrap heap.
BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE: SEXUAL HARASSMENT
by FRANK LOESSER, 1944
‘Child It is Chilly Exterior’ was featured twice within the movie Neptune’s Daughter (pictured above)
Offending lyrics: The entire track
The argument: The track, written by Frank Loesser in 1944, is featured twice within the movie Neptune’s Daughter. It has additionally been lined by quite a few artists equivalent to Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald and most not too long ago in 2014 by Idina Menzel.
The decision-and-response track features a lady singing that she has to depart a person’s home as he tries to influence her to remain.
Within the track, the feminine sings ‘I actually cannot keep,’ to which the person responds, ‘however child, it is chilly exterior.’ Elsewhere she sings, ‘Hey what’s on this drink?’ to which the person responds, ‘No cabs available on the market.’
Some radio stations have pulled the track lately, together with WDOK Christmas 102.1, which shelved it after receiving a name from a listener who instructed the track, written within the 1940s, incorporates a dated message.
‘It wasn’t actually our determination. It is the choice of our listeners,’ stated WDOK midday host Desiray.
‘Folks may say, ‘oh, sufficient with that #MeToo,’ however when you actually put that apart and take heed to the lyrics, it isn’t one thing I might need my daughter to be in that form of a scenario,’ Desiray stated. ‘The tune could be catchy, however let’s possibly not promote that type of an thought.’
IN THE SUMMERTIME: SEXUAL ASSAULT AND CLASSIST
by MUNGO JERRY, 1970
It could have been a global best-selling hit on the time, however Mungo Jerry’s 1970 hit In The Summertime has been accused of selling drink driving. Pictured, in 1974
The offending lyrics: ‘Have a drink, have a drive Exit and see what you could find. If her daddy’s wealthy, take her out for a meal If her daddy’s poor, simply do what you’re feeling.’
The argument: It could have been a global best-selling hit of the period, however this 1970’s pop track would come underneath hearth if it was launched at present.
On first pay attention, it innocently describes the carefree days of summer time, however dig just a little deeper and a few have instructed it promotes drink driving and treating ladies from poorer households as intercourse objects.
The lyrics a number of have taken problem with are: ‘Have a drink, have a drive Exit and see what you could find. If her daddy’s wealthy, take her out for a meal If her daddy’s poor, simply do what you’re feeling.’
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE: VIOLENCE
by THE BEATLES, 1965
The Beatles pictured in July 1964 in London. Their track Run For Your Life tells the story of a jealous boyfriend who tells his ex-girlfriend he’d reasonably see her die than date one other man
Offending lyrics: ‘Effectively, I might reasonably see you useless, little lady / Than to be with one other man’
The argument: Launched in 1969, ‘Run for you life’ is written from the angle of a jealous boyfriend who tells his ex-girlfriend he’d reasonably see her die than date one other man.
The textual content is crammed with threats equivalent to ‘Catch you with one other man / That is the top, little lady.’
Upon its launch, the track acquired blended reactions, as a result of violent lyrics. Even John Lennon, who wrote the tune, stated in a 1973 interview it was ‘the track he most regretted writing’.
CHRISTINE SIXTEEN: SEXUALISING TEENAGERS
by KISS, 1977
Kiss launched their track ‘Christine Sixteen’ in 1977, the place Gene Simmonds, then 27, wrote about fantasisng a couple of 16-year-old school-girl (pictured performing in 2013)
Offending lyrics: The entire track
The argument: Kiss’s track ‘Christine Sixteen’ was launched in 1977 and see the band’s lead singer Gene Simmons fantasasing a couple of 16-year-old schoolgirl named Christine.
The track was the primary single of the band’s 1977 album Love Gun, on the top of their profession.
The lyrics, equivalent to ‘she’s younger and clear,’ and ‘I do not often say issues like this to ladies your age,’ have been meant to replicate the type of sexed-up lust that runs by way of many rock songs – however that is not sufficient to placate some woke listeners.
TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: RACIST AND TRANSPHOBIC
by LOU REED, 1972
Lou Reed wrote this track in 1972, however the phrase ‘colored women’ is not one which is taken into account politically right at present
Offending lyrics: ‘And the coloured women say ‘Doo do doo do doo do do doo…’
‘Holly got here from Miama FL.A. / Hitch-hiked her means throughout the united statesA / Plucked her eyebrows on the best way / Shaved her legs after which he was a she / She stated, hey babe, take a stroll on the wild facet’
The argument: Lou Reed was impressed to put in writing this perennially catchy observe after assembly Holly Woodlawn, the trans actress, who stated she was ‘thrilled’ to be ‘made immortal’ by the lyrics.
However the woke police know higher (after all) and have referred to as on it to be banned. In 2017 a Canadian college even went as far as to problem a public apology after it performed the track.
It has additionally drawn criticism over its use of the phrase ‘colored’. On the time the track was written, it was generally used to explain Black individuals. Now the time period is taken into account racist and derogatory.
IT’S RAINING MEN: TRANSPHOBIC
by THE WEATHER GIRLS
Earlier this 12 months, the Climate Women’ 1982 disco hit was given a woke makeover to make use of ‘extra inclusive’ pronouns to incorporate non-binary and transgender artists
Offending lyrics: The entire track
The argument: Earlier this 12 months, the Climate Women’ 1982 disco hit was given a woke makeover to make use of ‘extra inclusive’ pronouns to incorporate non-binary and transgender artists.
With the blessing of the track’s author, Paul Shaffer, it was up to date to vary ‘males’ to ‘them’.
The rewrite, launched to mark World Pleasure month, aimed to make everybody really feel included and to have fun non-binary and transgender artists.
It meant the refrain to the karaoke favorite will turn into: ‘It is raining them! Hallelujah! It is raining them! Amen!’
And the traditional strains ‘Tall, blonde, darkish and lean/ Tough and hard and powerful and imply’ have been changed with ‘Cool, daring, sturdy and eager/Proud and loud and right here and seen’.
Not even Mom Nature escaped. The reference to ‘mom nature’ being a ‘single lady’ has been modified to ‘they seem to be a single particular person’.
The road ‘In order that every lady may discover her excellent man’ shall be sung ‘In order that every particular person may discover their excellent sort’.
UNDER MY THUMB: MISOGYNY
by THE ROLLING STONES, 1966
The Rolling Stones are one of many greatest repeat offenders and land on the record once more with one other hit: 1966’s Below My Thumb
Offending lyrics: ‘Below my thumb / It is a squirmin’ canine who’s simply had her day / Below my thumb / A woman who has simply modified her methods’
The argument: The Rolling Stones are one of many greatest repeat offenders and land on the record once more with one other hit: 1966’s Below My Thumb.
The track is a couple of couple’s sexual battle, with a person making an attempt to ‘management’ a strong lady. Sir Mick has argued it’s meant to show the tables and present that a lady was the extra highly effective power within the relationship.
However it has been criticised by feminists from the 12 months of its launch – and the argument continues at present.
SHORT PEOPLE: OFFENSIVE TO LITTLE PEOPLE
by RANDY NEWMAN, 1977
The lyrics in Quick Folks by Randy Newman have been accused of suggesting that anybody of brief stature don’t need to stay
The offending lyrics: ‘They acquired little fingers / Little eyes / They stroll round / Tellin’ nice huge lies / They acquired little noses / And tiny little tooth / They put on platform footwear / On their nasty little ft.’
The argument: Newman is well-known for writing songs from the views of dislikeable characters, as with the track Quick Folks, which is intentionally constructed as an assault on brief individuals.
It was met with a backlash on its launch in 1977, with some saying it was dangerous and prejudicial in the direction of little individuals.
Below the Individuals with Incapacity Act, people who’re both four’10” or much less will be thought of as having a incapacity.
Because it was Newman’s intention to put in writing a track from the angle of a prejudiced narrator, it’s unlikely he would care very a lot concerning the criticism.
YOUNG GIRL: RELATIONSHIP WITH UNDERAGE GIRL
by GARY PUCKETT & THE UNION GAP, 1968
Vastly standard within the late ’60s, the ballads of Gary Puckett and the Union Hole, the track Younger Woman about lusting after an underage teenager would undoubtedly elevate eyebrows at present
HOT CHILD IN THE CITY: GLORIFYING CHILD PROSTITUTION
by NICK GILDER, 1978
Offending lyrics: ‘Hazard within the form of one thing wild / Stranger wearing black / She’s a hungry little one / Nobody is aware of who she is or what her identify is
The argument: A chart-topper in a number of international locations, this 1978 pop track doubtless used ‘little one’ in a paternal vogue, referring to a younger lady.
Nevertheless others recommend the prostitute is certainly a baby, making a horrifying prospect for listeners.
The offending lyrics: You led me to imagine you are sufficiently old / To provide me love / And now it hurts to know the reality / You are only a child in disguise
The argument: Vastly standard within the late ’60s, the ballads of Gary Puckett and the Union Hole appealed to each younger followers and their mother and father.
However the older era may take a extra scathing view of their hits nowadays – notably Younger Woman.
Crooning concerning the difficulties of changing into embroiled with ‘jailbait’ it advises the titular ‘younger lady’ to ‘run away, saying: ‘With all of the charms of a girl.
‘You’ve got saved the key of your youth.
‘You led me to imagine you are sufficiently old. To provide me love. And now it hurts to know the reality
‘You are only a child in disguise,
‘That come on look is in your eyes,’ might be going to lift a couple of eyebrows amongst a contemporary viewers.
MELTING POT: RACIST LANGUAGE
by BLUE MINK, 1969
A track by pop-group Blue Mink (pictured) that refers to ‘coffee-coloured individuals’ and a ‘Crimson Indian boy’ was faraway from a radio station after a listener complained that the lyrics have been offensive
Offending lyrics: The entire track
The argument: Pop-group Blue Mink had six top-20 hits within the UK Singles Chart between 1969 and 1974.
In 1969, their debut single Melting Pot was seen as an announcement in opposition to racial intolerance by a British band fronted by black American singer Madeline Bell. It reached quantity three within the singles chart and spent 15 weeks within the High Ten.
Lyrics embrace references to ‘yellow Chinkees’, ‘coffee-coloured individuals’, a ‘Crimson Indian boy’ and ‘curly Latin kinkies’.
The phrases imply it’s now thought of too racist for the radio. In 2015, BBC Three Counties Radio presenter Iain Lee apologised after enjoying Melting Pot on the present.
The track additionally featured on the I am Alan Partridge sequence through which the fictional gaffe-prone DJ sings it whereas exercising.
And in 2019, Gold Radio completely eliminated the track from its tracklist after Ofcom acquired one grievance about offensive language on the observe.
ILLEGAL ALIAN: RACIST
by GENESIS, 1983
Each the track and the video mixed tropes of what Genesis presumed to be the stereotypical Mexican immigrant
The offending lyrics: ‘It is no enjoyable being an unlawful alien’
The argument: This track, many have argued, is just a candy and foolish story a couple of Mexican particular person crossing the border, but to some it’s extremely offensive.
Each the track and the video mixed tropes of what Genesis presumed to be the stereotypical Mexican immigrant. Scenes of sombreros, outsized moustaches, portrayals of being lazy and inebriated are all performed out right here, all whereas Phil Collins sings in a Spanish accent.
It was speculated to be a light-hearted track however is distasteful to some at present. Now a woke warrior, there isn’t a doubt Collins is greater than a tad embarrassed by the observe.
MONEY FOR NOTHING: HOMOPHOBIC
By DIRE STRAITS
One other track written from the angle of an unlikeable character, Cash For Nothing has come underneath hearth for being homophobic owing to the repeated use of the racial slur ‘f****t’
Offending lyrics: ‘See the little f*****t with the earring and the make-up? / Yeah, buddy that is his personal hair / That little f*****t acquired his personal jet airplane / That little f*****t he is a millionaire.’
The argument: One other track written from the angle of an unlikeable character, Cash For Nothing has come underneath hearth for being homophobic owing to the repeated use of the racial slur ‘f****t’.
In a 1985 interview, Knopfler expressed blended emotions on the controversy: ‘The truth is, I am nonetheless in two minds as as to whether it is a good suggestion to put in writing songs that are not within the first particular person, to tackle different characters. The singer in “Cash for Nothing” is an actual ignoramus, arduous hat mentality – any individual who sees every part in monetary phrases.’
In 2011, Canadian radio banned the unique, unedited model of the track from radio play on account of its homophobic lyrics. The band eliminated the lyric in later performances.
GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL: TOXIC MASCULINITY
by DONNY OSMOND, 1971
Donny Osmond’s 1971 hit ‘Go Away Little Woman’ has been slammed for its poisonous masculinity
Offending lyrics: ‘Go away, little lady / I am not speculated to be alone with you / Oh, sure, I do know that your lips are candy / However our lips mustn’t ever meet / I belong to any individual else and I should be true.’
The argument: Donny Osmond’s pop tune centres on the concept the man singing the track hasn’t acquired the willpower to be alone alone with a younger lady by way of concern he would not have the opportunity to withstand his urges.
Decided to not cheat on his companion, he makes use of the patronising phrase ‘little lady’ to instruct her to depart – leading to some to accuse him of ‘poisonous masculinity’ within the lyrics.
The opposite problem is simply how outdated the ‘little lady’ is, though it was doubtless meant as a time period of affection or endearment for a younger lover.
HOT LEGS: OBJECTIFICATION OF WOMEN
by ROD STEWART, 1977
Rod Stewart not performs sure songs at company gigs – together with the 1977 hit, Scorching Legs. Pictured, on stage in 1977
The offending lyrics: ‘Scorching legs, carry your mom too. … / 17 years outdated, he is trudging 64. You bought legs proper as much as your neck. You are makin’ me a bodily wreck.’
The argument: Not eager to fall foul of the #MeToo motion, Rod not performs sure songs at company gigs – together with the 1977 hit, Scorching Legs.
With many arguing the lyrics provide a main instance of how ladies have been objectified at the moment, he sings: ‘Scorching legs you’re well-equipped/Scorching legs oh your p***y’s whipped/Scorching legs I simply love your lips.’
He then goes on to check a lover to ‘an alley cat,’ mentioning that she’s 17, asking her to ‘carry your mom too’ and questioning ‘are you continue to in class?’
JOHNNY, ARE YOU QUEER? HOMOPHOBIC
By JOSIE COTTON, 1981
Josie Cotton sang ‘Johnny Are You Queer; in 1981, a track the place she repeatedly asks a person if he’s homosexual (pictured in 2019)
Offending lyrics: Why are you so bizarre, boy? / Johnny are you queer, boy? / After I make a play / You are pushing me away / Johnny are you queer?
The argument: The feminine narrator of the track asks title character ‘Johnny’ on a date.
When he’s ambivalent in the direction of her, she is left confused, saying he spends extra time hanging out together with his associates and males she suspects are homosexual.
She repeatedly asks him about his sexuality, saying: ‘Johnny, are you queer, boy?’
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BLURRED LINES: MISOGYNY
by ROBIN THICKE, 2013
The express video and the lyrics for Blurred Strains sparked on the spot controversy on its 2013 launch
Offending lyrics: The entire track
The argument: The express video and the lyrics for Blurred Strains sparked on the spot controversy on its 2013 launch.
The video exhibits the three fashions semi-naked being pursued by fully-clothed males. A second lower was then launched every week after the unique that included topless footage of the three fashions.
In the meantime, lyrics within the track included ‘I hate these blurred strains, I do know you need it’ and ‘Should wanna get nasty’.
Rape victims stated the lyrics have been just like these spoken by their attackers and each the video and track was slammed for selling rape tradition, sexism and the objectification of ladies.
This February, Thicke claimed there was ‘no unfavourable intentions’ with the character of the video and lyrics however admitted he would not launch it at present.
LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
by Eminem and Rihanna, 2010
On the time of the track’s launch again in 2010, Terry O’Neill, president of the Nationwide Group for Girls stated Rihanna was unwittingly glorifying home violence
Offending lyrics: ‘I do know I am a liar, if she ever tries to f***ing go away once more / I’ma tie her to the mattress and set this home on hearth’
The argument: The video for Love The Method You Lie, which was directed by Joseph Kahn, sees Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan enjoying a pair going by way of an abusive relationship.
On the time of the track’s launch again in 2010, Terry O’Neill, president of the Nationwide Group for Girls stated Rihanna was unwittingly glorifying home violence.
‘She’s narrating the story, and he or she’s not judging it,’ stated O’Neill. ‘And so she could not intend to be glorifying it, however she is.’
Marjorie Gilberg, government director of anti-violence group Break the Cycle, agreed.
‘The hazard is that popular culture defines our social norms,’ she instructed the AP. ‘We do not need the message of this track to be that this type of relationship is appropriate.
Earlier this 12 months, the American rapper, 48, was trending on the the favored social media app after a sequence of movies highlighted a controversial line from his 2010 track Love The Method You Lie with Rihanna.
TikTok customers instructed that the lyrics ‘glorify home violence’ and have referred to as the track ‘problematic’.
One video says: ‘Yesssss let’s cancel him’, whereas one other wrote: ‘No surprise I am poisonous, I grew up listening to this track.’