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Beckett Fri 30-Aug-19 10:22:23

Apparently Ofcom have banned the song "Melting Pot" by Blue Mink as being racist and too offensive for modern audiences!

I can't help thinking someone is being a little over sensitive in this case - after all it is a song celebrating integration

MawB Fri 30-Aug-19 10:26:40

Good grief!
What hope is there for “Ebony and Ivory” ?

nanasam Fri 30-Aug-19 10:27:18

My flabber is gasted!

DanniRae Fri 30-Aug-19 10:27:25

Apparently because ONE person complained - words fail me!

Chewbacca Fri 30-Aug-19 10:37:31

Eh? How Can a song that promotes all skin tones and cultures being put into a big melting pot, so that we all come out the same, be in any way racist? It was written and sung by a group of black/mixed race people, specifically to draw attention to the fact that skin colour is irrelevant. Has the world gone mad? Who are these perpetually offended people who see offence where none is intended and what is their aim? angry

gt66 Fri 30-Aug-19 10:41:12

.... and more worryingly, that one person manages to get others to ban something that the majority find no offence in whatsoever!! Grrr

GrannyGravy13 Fri 30-Aug-19 10:46:44

I think the PC Brigade (loonies) have taken over the asylum (world)

Music is an art form, are we now gong to have great paintings, statues, Shakespeare censored? Enid Blyton has been targeted this week for be NF homophobic and racist, she was just an author of "her time".

No censorship on history and heritage please!!!!

GrannyGravy13 Fri 30-Aug-19 10:47:29

* being not be NF

sodapop Fri 30-Aug-19 10:50:41

I read about that too, on the strength of one complaint, it's an historical song now and reflects the time. As Chewbacca said it's about the irrelevance of skin colour.
God save us from the perpetually offended.

Bridgeit Fri 30-Aug-19 10:55:03

How / where is it being banned from ?!
From being played on radio tv , from our homes if we dare to enjoy our record / cd collections, OR all Duke boxes ( are they still called that ?

kittylester Fri 30-Aug-19 10:55:55

I understand it's just one word that is being objected to. I hesitate to actually use the word.

I love that song - a really evocative pop song, really reminiscent of the era!

And, I suppose all the songs from the punk era are totally PC!!

Chewbacca Fri 30-Aug-19 11:11:53

're GrannyGravy's reference to Enid Blyton: earlier this month it was my granddaughter's 7th birthday and she asked me for some "nice books". I went into that well known high street bookshop that begins with W and searched the shelves for some of the Famous Five books. None to be found anywhere. I asked the assistant if she could point me in the right direction and she told me, rather sniffily, that they didn't have any in stock, but could order them if I wanted, but they "were promoting a better quality of children's authors than Enid Blyton". That felt like censorship to me and I said so and left the shop. Next shop was that other retailer who sells card, stationary and books. They had a good selection of Enid Blyton books and I bought 3.

I've just finished reading one of the Famous Five stories to my granddaughter and it struck me just how far seeing and ahead of her time Enid Blyton was. First written in 1942, the stories feature a girl who is clearly transgender (George); a boy who isn't the stereotypical male and isn't afraid to say he's frightened (Dick) and a girl who, despite being timid and nervous is actually as strong and determined as the others when under pressure (Ann).

So why are Enid Blytons books looked at rather sneeringly? They might not be high brow literature but they were a damned good read for avid young readers to enjoy. And ahead of their time too.

EllanVannin Fri 30-Aug-19 11:23:24

A bar of Cadbury's chocolate has also come in for a grilling in Australia. It's a new product with dark choc. milk choc. and white choc. all in the one bar, calling it a " unity bar " celebrating diversity. In actual fact there are 4 colours ?

Social media have sarcastically thanked them for solving racism !

suziewoozie Fri 30-Aug-19 11:31:56

Pages 15-18 deal with this particular issue. Not a ban as such but Gold have deleted it from their play list so it’s considered resolved. When this song first came out, I thought it was great that it was dealing with the issue of racism. Some of the language has not stood the test of time but as GG said that’s true of other songs/ books/plays. This holiday we’ve read Alice in Wonderland to the dgc - perhaps I shouldn’t have because of LC’s reputation with young girls? I suppose generally I believe we should judge a cultural artefact of any kind by the standards prevailing at the time it was produced and/or the producer but there will be exceptions for some people eg Wagner

Oldwoman70 Fri 30-Aug-19 12:37:15


Perhaps GNs should come up with a list of songs which they think are unsuitable grin

"I'll be watching you" by Sting - the stalkers theme song

Any rap song which refers to women as "hoes"

"Young gifted and black" - offensive to young gifted white people

"My Sharona" - has anyone actually listened to the lyrics!

Luckygirl Fri 30-Aug-19 13:32:28

Brown girl in the ring!!

Chewbacca Fri 30-Aug-19 13:37:56

The lyrics to Blurred Lines are horrible; completely unacceptable in the 21st century or any other but was a smash hit. Why wasn't that banned I wonder? hmm

suziewoozie Fri 30-Aug-19 13:43:41

Nothing has been banned as such. But anyway someone has first to complain that a song has been broadcast and then Ofcom investigate. There are some creepy songs like Young Girl and Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen,

GrannyGravy13 Fri 30-Aug-19 13:47:08

Maggie May by Rod Stewart is one of my all time favourites, listen to the lyrics, not very PC.

Chewbacca, totally agree about Blurred Lines, lyrics disgusting but brilliant catchy tune!

mrsHom Fri 30-Aug-19 14:35:45

How about 'living doll' by Cliff Richard? Creepiest of all.

DanniRae Fri 30-Aug-19 14:44:51

"Clair" sung by Gilbert O'Sullivan would never be allowed now.

GillT57 Fri 30-Aug-19 15:05:49

Actually DanniRae, that song Clair by Gilbert O'Sullivan made me uncomfortable when it was released, and I didn't know what a paedophile was.
Living Doll and all those songs celebrating a young girl reaching 16 were creepy.
'Young Girl' by Gary Puckett and Union Gap anyone?

KatyK Fri 30-Aug-19 15:10:28

I never found any of them creepy at the time. I bought some of them. It seemed innocent to me then.

SalsaQueen Fri 30-Aug-19 16:44:28

Raving mad! One person complained?! Insane.

lemongrove Fri 30-Aug-19 16:47:01

More snowflakery.....there’s a lot of it about.