As a Pollstar subscriber, I do get a lot of spam from smalltime labels and agents about their projects. I had never heard the 1968 novelty single “Indian Giver” until the agent, “Flashback Mgmt” out of Tampa, FL used “Indian Giver” as their email tag on Yahoo.
I could be wrong. I’m not indigenous, First World or Native American. And I do defend the use of the name “Nigger Jim” in Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. But, over the course of 300 pages or half a million words, and thousands of ideas, it is revealed that Huck loves Jim and the name is authentic but does not encapsulate a racist hatred of Jim.
Here, you have no idea what these guys think beyond the fact that they don’t know jack shit about the value systems of the people who lived on this continent before their families got here, and that is okay to profit off of other people’s bigotry.
If this touring band played the Bay Area it would be picketed. I believe in the first amendment — you have the right to express your hate — short of threats of violence — but people will talk back.
Maybe they can re-write the hook. (Doubt it).
It seems they’ve never played anywhere but New Jersey and Staten Island.
Another comp: after Cat Stevens said he supported the fatwa and calls to murder the author of “Satanic Verses” Natalie Merchant and Ten Thousand Maniacs stopped playing their version of “Peace Train” — I actually wrote to their fan site and said the song could be independent of the author (who has since made a comeback).
There are a list of phrases in English that have dubious origins and are best deleted from polite speech.
Not sure its actually true but I did call out Cory Wohlbach the Palo Alto Council member about his use of the term “calling a spade a spade” — some say it is racist, some say gardening.
Again: racists speech is protected by First Amendment. But if you think of yourselves are artists or entertainers and your act is built on being callous or hurting others, be preparef for a backlash.
(See also: I have a project with Santa Clara visual artist and potter Jody Naranjo called The Pueblo Girls).
In the discussions I’ve found, on NPR for example, archived on internet on the phrase, I think it misses the point that native peoples had very different views on property. I took Michael Dorris’ class at Dartmouth.
Coinkydinky I think, I bought the new Louise Erdrich book, at Books Inc.
I have not heard from Mateo Romero in many moons, but he is the plaintiff for the suit challenging the trademark of the Washington football team.
This hardly goes here: but yesterday I reacted to a story about China censoring the Queen Biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody” — I wrote a parody of “I’m in Love with My Car” I said:
I’m in love with my Czar/
Got a feel for my auto de feel.
which is nonsensical or insipird and plays on the facts of the Spanish Inquisiton and the auto de fe which is prove your faith or be tortured.
fuck yeah im jewish
in the age of chimpanzees I was a jew (and Beck Hanson despite being part of that mind control cult is also Jewish)
see also: The Negro Problem, The Chinkees.
Also: what does Ben Fong Torres think of that song? or Bonnie Simmons?
someone pointed out that the singer and keyboardist of the touring band are not original members.
I also found something about The Frogs “I’m White” song, and the suicide of a founding member (of a band that was on Homestead when Cosloy was there and the guy was eulogized on Matador site; if you write a racist song, that’s all you might be known for; also, I wanted to write something about the dancer and front man from The Prodigy Flinn I think who passed but came to feel that the backlash about his song was out of context. even the Kool Keith or Kool Herc or whoever original I was listening to and then appleloaded and is less offensvie in context.
I think PC can go too far, but how many people are you willing to offend for your so called art.
Another data point: I befriended a Totsi from Uganda and Belgium and then started tracing the song or dance “the watusi” and she said she was not at all offended.
I also clipped from Stanford Daily student pub there coverage of Trump announcing he is for First Amendment on campus: how can you claim to be pro First Amendment freedom of Speech yet you want to try journalists for treason? the trump “first amendment” campaign is pro-Right Wing. Let Dinesh speak but stand up during the Q&A and tell him to fuck off.
I bought SpiderMan SpiderVerse and still think it is empowering to young people and people of color, I think.