Monday, January 12, 2015
As we know, the 60's and 70's were a time of change in society and the new style of journalism was pitted against the old ways of doing things. It generally takes a while for the establishment to change.
Doug "Bulldog" Collins took charge of the opinion pages and his rants were filled with fear of the different.
“If it is racist to prefer our own traditions and institutions (poor though these may be) to those of others, I am again guilty,” reads page six of a paper dated Sept. 28, 1979. “If it is racist to think that our own Canadian kids should not become minorities in their own schools, and that they are entitled to learn their own language properly instead of waiting around while newcomers from totally alien cultures attempt to learn it, then I am thrice-damned, because I hold the view that Canadian kids have some rights, too.”
Then there was Mckenzie Porter. In 1975, this right wing columnist stated that “only the imprudent citizen knowingly elects a homosexual to parliament.”
“It is true that homosexuality often coincides with genius,” Porter admits. “But genius, which sometimes is akin to madness, is not a political asset. What a politician needs more than any other intellectual virtue is common sense. And common sense, as we shall see, rarely occurs in homosexuals.”
And Porter wasn't finished! He urged anyone with any inkling of homosexuality to immediately remove themselves from politics.
“During my 40 years in journalism, on both sides of the Atlantic, I have acquired many male and female homosexual friends. All make delightful, mentally stimulating company. But I cannot think of one who is suited to political office.”
It wasn't only homosexuals he was against though. He also campaigned against defecating in company toilets. Porter felt it was offensive.
“Music varied from stupidly trivial to the charmingly trivial … Both Gilmour and bassist Roger Waters have undistinguished voices.” Stanley stated.
And even though Pink Floyd was the first musical artist to bring a live light show to the PNE stage, Stanley said it was “A consistently dull show, in other words.”
Thanks to the Dependent.ca for the above information.
I hope you find the beauty around you.