Gay Celebs Weigh in on Censor

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Canadian ballet dancer Rex Harrington, after a...

Canadian ballet dancer Rex Harrington

Source: Toronto Sun

Scott Thompson was still fuming Friday that the Dire Straits song Money for Nothing has been banned in Canada for containing the slur “faggot.”

“Shakespeare would be rolling over in his g-word,” said Thompson, the 51-year-old actor/comedian best known for his work with the Kids in the Hall troupe.

“When you ban a word, you make the word more powerful. All this banning that’s going on just makes (the hate) go deeper and deeper into the soul, where it festers. Let it it out. I want to know what you really think. I can handle it.

“It makes me feel like we’re five years old and need to go potty. The n-word, I guess, is number 1 and the f- word is number 2.”

Other prominent gay Canadian performers also weighed in.

Rick Mercer, host of CBC’s Rick Mercer Report, said “the song doesn’t offend me, because it’s all about context, and it’s a character line spoken by an ignorant person who is jealous of a glam rock and roll star.

“Issues like this crowd out real issues of intolerance. In Ontario, the Halton Catholic school board banned the formation of gay-straight alliances in high schools. The chair of the board compared them to Nazi groups. That’s something worth talking about. I’m more concerned with helping kids at risk than offending the sensibilities of older people who listen to classic rock stations at work.”

Trevor Boris, standup comedian and star of MuchMusic’s Video on Trial, said the offending word is “obviously bad … so of course now in Edmonton, being the Texas of Canada, radio stations are planning on playing the song on repeat.”

Daniel MacIvor, iconic Canadian playwright, says Canadians, like Americans, are “starting to be infected with a fever that blocks irony … and I think that’s the problem here.”

Rex Harrington, former longtime principal dancer at the National Ballet of Canada, said: “Although it’s not one of my favourite words, I ask whether we are helping or hindering younger generations by banning the song from the radio. Where do we draw the line on censorship?

“I believe that we need to let history stand and learn from it, to change our present and future ways of thinking, rather than rewriting history to suit our needs. I am sure that people have been offended by art throughout history, and where would we be today if it had been banned or changed?”

Brendan Healey, artistic director of Toronto’s iconic gay theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, said such censorship is overkill.

“There are many other examples in pop culture that exhibit all sorts of homophobia that are much worse,” Healey said.

Showbiz publicist Grant Ramsey has no problem with the use of the offending word, he says, but suggests that “anybody who uses it should be barred from using the phrase ‘the n-word.’”

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