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Thread #59158   Message #943931
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
30-Apr-03 - 06:59 PM
Thread Name: HOMOPHOBIA in British Folk Movement
Subject: RE: HOMOPHOBIA in British Folk Movement
With the right (wrong) presentation it could appear offensive. Well, so could pretty well any song.

The great Marie Lloyd demonstrated that:
After a public protest from the stalls of the Empire by a Mrs Ormeston Chant of the Purity Party, the courts opposed the renewal of music hall licenses and Marie Lloyd was on trial for lewdness and vulgarity.

She sang her songs from the dock with such innocence and with such acclaim from the court that the licenses were renewed.

Afterwards as a sort of encore, she later in the theatre sang Come Into the Garden Maude with so many obscene innuendos and gestures that her audience once more went wild with delight.