[78-L] Boston Public Library's 78 collection
julianvein at gmail.com.invalid
Sun Jun 14 03:07:03 PDT 2020
Did the BBC have any problem with Coward's "Stately Homes of England", with
its reference to "lavatory" in 1938?
On Sun, Jun 14, 2020 at 6:07 AM DKing <ginku_ledovec at att.net.invalid> wrote:
> Hi Donna,
> At least the BBC would have banned it during the middle of the war
> and not at the end, when the full horrors of Nazi atrocities were finally
> revealed to the general public.
> I suppose something similar could be said for recordings made in the
> 20th century that took a certain attitude towards women, that would
> be considered unacceptable now.
> - Dave King
> > On Jun 13, 2020, at 7:49 AM, Donna Halper <dlh at donnahalper.com.invalid>
> > On 6/13/2020 4:36 AM, DKing wrote:
> >> Hello Donna,
> >> [ in that Boston Public Library collection of 78s ]
> >> Do you think the English-speaking Allies would have found Noel Coward’s
> >> rendition of "Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Germans” (1943) very funny?.
> > I think a lot of what passed for humor back then has not aged well. I
> > also note that some of the comedians who did so-called "ethnic humor"
> > would be considered bigoted today. But I don't see much analysis back
> > then of what certain lyrics meant, although one would hope that folks
> > realized Noel Coward was being satirical. Evidently, the BBC was not
> > amused, however, and banned the song.
> > --
> > Donna L. Halper, PhD
> > Associate Professor of Communication & Media Studies
> > Lesley University, Cambridge MA
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