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Hunter T Wolfe
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Re: Krautrock:The Re-birth of Germany- Youtube taster!
Oct 25, 2009, 22:14
handofdave wrote:
It seems that use of this language has no real defined rules, then, just unspoken agreements as to what's accepted and what's not?

Forgive me for offering this example, LL, but would you shrug it off if a genre were dubbed 'faggot rock?'

Maybe Europeans are less hung up*? In America, the unspoken rule is that epithets are shrugged off if they're used by one member of a group to another, but using them to describe someone from outside of your own group is heavily frowned on. The white comic who played 'Kramer' on the Seinfeld show used the N word in an act one night and it still haunts him. Our latest Supreme Court justice appointee made a statement about how she'd be more valuable (in terms of judging on certain cases) as a Latino woman than a white man and that created a huge stink with white Republicans.

*about some aspects of this issue, anyway

There is a subgenre of punk rock known as Queercore, though I think that was coined by participating bands like Pansy Division for confrontational reasons.

Didn't music journos, around the same time as inventing the term 'krautrock,' also try to label Lou Reed, Bowie etc as 'Fag Rock.'? Just less enlightened times, I guess. Seems the German bands have grudgingly come to live with it.

While I respect the points you're making though, I think the comparisons with "N****R" as a term, are way out of proportion and the thing about the supreme court judge irrelevant to the matter at hand, really.
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