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Iggy Pop Uses Racist Term at Glastonbury

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Uploaded on Jun 28, 2007

Music legend Iggy Pop uses an offensive term while being interviewed after his set at Glastonbury 2007. *MORE INFO BELOW. EXPAND DESCRIPTION TO SEE*

* UPDATE: Iggy apologises for the remark in this interview: https://youtu.be/-W5K1CkYrPA?t=5m55s *

It seems like people still comment on this video occasionally, so I feel like I should offer some explanation of why I posted it in the first place. Not that everyone reads the description, given how many repeatedly insist he meant 'packie store' despite clearly proving otherwise in the video linked above.

I posted this simply as a record of a thing that happened, and specifically so that there was a video that could be linked to when discussing the issue in a related blog post at the time. It was never about clicks or comments, although I'm happy to let people hash it out underneath if arguing with strangers on the Internet is a thing that they feel is important.

I never at any point thought Iggy was in any way racist as a result of this, even before he apologised, which he did in the aforementioned video linked to above, with great humility in my opinion.

If anything, I was really just curious at the uneven treatment of certain words and phrases that have been deemed offensive, dependant on when they were said, by whom and in what context. My contention was that if the N-word had been deployed here instead, it would have been a significantly bigger deal; the fact of it being an equivalent derogatory term often used against people originating from the Indian subcontinent (in Britain at least; I appreciate many from outside the UK have little or no concept of the word) should theoretically make no difference, but clearly apart from this video and a couple of short news articles here and there, it obviously was not considered to have the same weight.

And that was it really; it was part of an exploration in why people often behave as if the world has ended when someone says one thing, often no matter what the context of them saying it, resulting in speedy apologies from broadcasters keen to distance themselves from it, and other comparable situations are left to skate by with little or no fallout.

I judge not the relative merits of either approach, rather simply point out the disparities therein.

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