[78-L] Boston Public Library's 78 collection
dplennick at yahoo.com.invalid
Sun Jun 14 07:27:07 PDT 2020
Sarcasm seems to go over many people's heads..Victor in Canada had no problem with any part of Stately Homes or its Canadian coupling, Could You Please Oblige Us with a Bren Gun. Don't Let's Be Beastly circulated on a private Canadian pressing (by Victor) and turned up in radio station libraries, and the song wasn't censored when Noel sang it on a Treasury Star Parade program.
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From: "RODMANLEWIS ." <julianvein at gmail.com.invalid>
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Date: June 14, 2020 at 6:07 AM
Subject: Re: [78-L] Boston Public Library's 78 collection
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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