Remember the old song by Lou Reed called “Take a Walk on the Wild Side?” Well, a Canadian student group threw a party that was supposed to evoke the 1970s and 1980s. This song was on the playlist and -- you guessed it! -- people got offended. In their Facebook mea culpa, they apologized for their egregious mistake. They wrote:
It’s come to our attention that the playlist we had on during bus pass distribution on Thursday contained a song with transphobic lyrics (Lou Reed, Take a Walk on the Wild Side). The playlist was compiled by one of the Executives with the intent of feeling like a road trip from the 70s and 80s. The song was included solely on those terms and made in ignorance as the person making the list did not know or understand the lyrics.
We now know the lyrics to this song are hurtful to our friends in the trans community and we’d like to unreservedly apologize for this error in judgement. [sic]
Wait, so no gnashing of teeth? The offensive lyrics were probably these:
Holly came from Miami F.L.A.
Hitchhiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way,
Shaved her legs and then he was a she.
She said, ‘Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side.’
This is my favorite part of the whole apology: "We will be meeting to discuss how we can create better playlists in the future," they wrote. "If you have gone through this process before or have any advice on creating more inclusive playlists, we’d love to hear from you." Can you imagine what fresh hell a committee meeting to select unoffensive songs would be in the age of political correctness?
Let me save you some time, University of Guelph Central Student Association. Your next party should be held in a room devoid of decorations, music, food, or -- most importantly! - people. That's the only possible way to get a pass from the perpetually offended.
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