I have to confess that this story worries me somewhat. While I am most definitely not anti-gay (more gay men = more women for me, and lesbians are always good to watch), you have to wonder where something like this will stop.
Now, I appreciate that “Elephant Man” should be pilloried, called an arse, kicked about and covered in a bucket of shit… and that’s just because he looks like a cunt. Come on – check out that publicity still used on the above link. The problem is that we supposedly have freedom of speech in this country.
While the lyrics he uses are derogatory, and I have to say I’ve not heard them though I doubt I’d understand them anyway, they’re his views. Or at least the views of his publicist who reckons they’ll get him some column inches and shift a few albums.
Current law, I believe, allows censorship where its believed that the published words may incite hatred or violence – or legalese to that effect. Well, you can argue that this tosser’s stuff does. I want to punch him, after all, though I don’t think that’s what he intended. The thing is, you’ve got to draw a line. If you ban albums with anti-gay lyrics on, then you have to ban those with racist lyrics. You should also ban ones that include piss-takes of religions, and that would include at least two Weird Al Yankovic albums. Then maybe those that hold a derogatory view of the royal family (bye, bye Sex Pistols), or suggest ill will towards the government…
It’s a slippery path. I’m all for freedom of speech, even if I disagree with what someone else is saying. If nothing else it gives them the chance to stand up in public and show what a cock they are.
I suppose a small mercy is that, for the moment at least, it’s taking attention away from the devil-worshipping, gun-toting, best-friend-killing, animal-torturing, suicidal evilness that is heavy metal.
So… what do you lot think. Specifically looking at Brighton & Hove council’s attempt to ban anti-gay music from shop shelves. The poll’s in the usual place: left hand side, near the top. Poll closes once the votes trickle out, or about a week.