diumenge, 13 de novembre de 2011

No to clause 28 - Boy George

Aquesta cançó de protesta neixia d'un assumpte molt concret. Als anys 80, molts ajuntaments liderats per laboristes de l'ala més a l'esquerra publicaven o promocionaven material escolar on s'explicava que l'homosexualitat era una cosa "normal", i donava la mateixa importancia a families composades per homosexuals com a les families "tradicionales". Evidentment, davant d'aquest "escandol, el govern de Thatcher va fer alguna cosa. A una de les lleis sobe governació local, van introduir la famosa esmena 28 (clause 28) que prohibia la promoció de "comportaments homosexuals" o la representació com si fos una cosa normal, en material escolar.

Moltes artistes van fer campanya en contra d'aquesta esmena, la cançó més famosa potser és aquesta, No to Clause 28 del Boy George. Per si no queda prou clar al video, estem parlant dels anys 80!

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This protest song refers to a specific issue. In the 80s, UK local labour councils, or at least the "radical" ones, had a tendency to publish school material depicting homosexuals as "normal" people (shock, horror!!), and homosexual-parent families as being equal to "traditional" families (what?!). Faced with this major scandal and the possibilities of millions of children being brainwashed to become homosexuals, the Thatcher government had a brainwave and introduced clause 28 as an amendment to one of the local government regulations.

Quoting Wikipedia: The amendment stated that a local authority "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" or "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship".


So, as you can imagine, many artists were up in arms and produced songs, documentaries, writings in protest. Here's Boy George's contribution - No to clause 28.


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