Claudia (clauclauclaudia) wrote,
Claudia
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lyrics offensiveness

Everything below the cut is a query about how offensive some song lyrics are. Click or no, it's up to you.




Just try to see it, and you will soon agree, señors
Why invite regret, when you can get the sort of rape you'll never ever forget?

You can get the rape emphatic, you can get the rape polite
You can get the rape with Indians (a very charming sight)
You can get the rape on horseback, they all say it's new and gay!
So you see the sort of rape depends on what you pay,
It Depends On What You Pay


Are you familiar with the context of the lyrics above?

Yes
16(42.1%)
No
21(55.3%)
Radio button!
1(2.6%)

How offensive do you find them?

Hee
7(18.4%)
Eh
5(13.2%)
They've got an edge to them
20(52.6%)
Quite offensive
5(13.2%)
Fuck you!
0(0.0%)
Other (see comments)
1(2.6%)

Is the version below an improvement?

Yes
14(36.8%)
No
19(50.0%)
Radio buttons again!
5(13.2%)

Other thoughts?




Just try to see it, and you will soon agree, señors
Why invite regret, when you can order an abduction you will never forget?

An abduction that's emphatic, an abduction that's polite
An abduction done with Indians (a truly charming sight)
An abduction done on horseback, they all say it's new and gay!
So you see the sort of rape depends on what you pay,
It Depends On What You Pay





Okay, next question:


There were...
Hottentots with rotten tots and baskets on each mother's head
And Zulus, they concluded, never understood a thing they said
Effendis[okay, this word is wrong, anyone know what it is?] who were ganging up on natives who were being fed
And Swazi who were goosing all the Bushmen in the line ahead

It was dreadful!

The Pygmies had their noses stuck in everybody's business
While Watusis had their business stuck in everybody's nose
But the truth of the matter, if you really want to know
Was that everybody's business was about to decompose


Poll #892089 Watusis

Are you familiar with the context of the lyrics above?

Yes
2(7.1%)
No
26(92.9%)
Where's my ticky box?
0(0.0%)

How offensive do you find them?

Hee
4(14.3%)
Eh
9(32.1%)
They've got an edge to them
8(28.6%)
Quite offensive
4(14.3%)
Fuck you!
1(3.6%)
Other (see comments)
2(7.1%)

Other thoughts?






Last question...


Tell you about them sobbin' women who lived in the Roman days
It seems that they all went swimming while their men was off to graze
Well, a Roman troop was riding by and saw them in their me-oh-my
So they took them all back home to dry, least that's what Plutarch says

Oh, yes, them a-women was sobbin', sobbin', sobbin' fit to be tied
Every muscle was throbbin', throbbin' from that riotious ride
Seems they cried and kissed and kissed and cried
All over that Roman countryside
So don't forget that when you're taking a bride
Sobbin' fit to be tied, from that riotious ride

...

When their men folk went to fetch them the women would not be fetched
It seems when the Romans catch them their lady friends stay catched
Now, let this be, because it's true, a lesson to the likes of you
Rough them up like them there Romans do, or else they'll think you're tetched


Poll #892090 sobbin

Are you familiar with the context of the lyrics above?

Yes
9(32.1%)
No
18(64.3%)
Why am I taking this poll anyway?
1(3.6%)

How offensive do you find them?

Hee
8(28.6%)
Eh
4(14.3%)
They've got an edge to them
8(28.6%)
Quite offensive
7(25.0%)
Fuck you!
1(3.6%)
Other (see comments)
0(0.0%)

Other thoughts?




EDIT: Want context? Check my initial comment.

A friend found this modern re-enactment of the third song on youtube. It's notable for being an actual family of men, and for a slavish devotion to the original blocking and camera angles. Also, Cheryl explained the story context for it better than I did.

... this leads me to hunt youtube versions of the other songs: It Depends on What You Pay, A Difficult Transition
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