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(The Sun)   Less than a month to go before Christmas, and here come the stories about bowdlerized school concerts. Took a little longer than usual this year   (thesun.co.uk) divider line 57
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2006-12-01 12:28:07 AM  
Its called an adaptation. People have been doing this to songs forever.

They've sung a Hawaiian version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" here in Hawaii for years and everyone - locals and visitors from all over the world alike - love its charm.

Don't worry people, Jesus is still Jesus. He isn't going anywhere.
 
2006-12-01 02:22:08 AM  
Brettster808
Don't worry people, Jesus is still Jesus. He isn't going anywhere.

He said he was going out for cigarettes and I haven't seen him since!
 
2006-12-01 02:22:27 AM  
So that's where the Coneheads went.
 
2006-12-01 02:23:20 AM  
And on every December 25th, we remember how Santa Christ died for our gifts, so that we may further our pursuits of materialism.

Hail Santa!
 
2006-12-01 02:27:19 AM  
It's Politically Correct to be Jamaican now?

alright, mon
 
2006-12-01 02:29:15 AM  
C. S. Lewis wants him some ganja.
 
2006-12-01 02:29:55 AM  
How ya doin'?
How ya doin'?
How ya doin'?
How ya doin'?
I'm doin' just fine!
 
2006-12-01 02:30:49 AM  
Holy crap.

The PC idiocy has spread like ebola to England? I thought that shiny-happy-fatuous crap was limited to the US. Sad.
 
2006-12-01 02:32:32 AM  
they're doing a song in sign language? That will be simply thrilling to hea... see.
 
2006-12-01 02:32:35 AM  
how is getting a bunch of young white british children singing crappy half assed reggae/christmas hybird songs politically correct in any way?
 
2006-12-01 02:36:12 AM  
Bigsigh

Don't ask me, ask Ali G. Because who could be more PC than Mr. Baron Cohen himself?
 
2006-12-01 02:36:38 AM  
Umm... of the three examples, only one has anything really to do with Christmas, and they're only changing the language.

Ok, ditching the natvity play is, at least if it's a good nativity play, about Christmas, but they seem far more worked up about there being four of some other unrelated thing than the unrelated thing that's traditionally sung in the song.

If anything, this is even more traditional than any other year. We're going to have poems, Christmas carols and Bible readings.

Bible readings at a Christmas program. God forbid
 
2006-12-01 02:41:59 AM  
These parents are up in arms over this because for their kid's entire lives, THIS will be the only time they will be able to learn about a proper English Christmas. Never before...Never after. What a shame. If only this kind of infomation could be distributed in the home.

Hail Santa
 
2006-12-01 02:48:16 AM  
I think I'll just file this away in my "I don't give a shiat" file and be on with my insomnia...
 
2006-12-01 02:49:37 AM  
sight-and-sound.net

Personally, I like my school concerts to be bowzerized.
 
2006-12-01 02:53:09 AM  
"One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas's popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors."

http://www.history.com/minisite.do?content_type=Minisite_Generic&content_type_ id=1252&display_order=1&mini_id=1290

www.history.com

You see? Now it all makes sense!
 
2006-12-01 02:57:48 AM  
Bird3149: "These parents are up in arms over this because for their kid's entire lives, THIS will be the only time they will be able to learn about a proper English Christmas. Never before...Never after. What a shame. If only this kind of infomation could be distributed in the home."

Well played.
 
2006-12-01 03:07:38 AM  
images.thesun.co.uk

posted just because i hate websites that think they can block html with javascript. morons.
 
2006-12-01 03:08:10 AM  
How is a cornbird in a palm tree less Christian than a partridge in a pear tree? And of course there's that very solemn Christian song "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree." How dare those heathens change it to "Rocking Around the Shops."

/what the hell is a cornbird?
 
2006-12-01 03:16:26 AM  
Man, now I miss my middle school/high school chorus concerts - the winter ones were always the best because of the Christmas songs.

/Jew
//We may be the chosen people but the Jesus-ites had some damned catchy tunes
 
2006-12-01 03:18:48 AM  
I'm sorry, I just can't get past the hair on the woman standing far right section in the photo. Is it made of YARN or some such thing?!?! Does she actually think that looks GOOD?!?!
 
2006-12-01 03:22:58 AM  
nosefruit
Now wait a tick... twelve rum and gingers?

Screw condemning this as a bit of PC asshattery! Farkers! Sing your new, alcoholic carol loud and proud! I mean, who here WOULDN'T enjoy 12 bloody rum and gingers all at once? Personally, I'm a quart low.
 
2006-12-01 03:26:35 AM  
12 rum and gingers is my limit.
 
2006-12-01 03:47:54 AM  
First off, I think this is a lot less a case of PC and a lot more a case of gay ass music directors at elementry schools. They had us doing ridiculous songs like that with stupid stupid hand movements and such 20 yrs ago.

Second of all, elementry school children are now allowed to sing about rum?? (I thought the schools freaked out about everything related to weapons, alcohol, drugs, sex, curse words, playground tag, fun....)
 
2006-12-01 03:50:27 AM  
Ohh yah, its in Britain. They're not psycho about alcohol restriction like the US.
 
2006-12-01 03:54:29 AM  
TheJoeY:

Irie, brudda.
 
2006-12-01 03:57:23 AM  
Oh nose! Someone is disrespecting the belief that a magic invisible sky man made a Jewish girl pregnant!
 
2006-12-01 03:59:28 AM  
I wonder which mega-international media corporation owns The Sun?
 
2006-12-01 04:04:49 AM  
FTA: deputy head Elizabeth Brailsford claimed that putting on nativity plays disrupted the school's curriculum and adversely affected children's behaviour.

W T F?

I want to know what kind of behavioral disruptions nativity plays cause. Do the kids who play the 3 wisemen start skipping classes and burst into singing Hava Nagila in the halls? Come on.
 
2006-12-01 04:21:04 AM  
You can tell this is Britain, what with the scary pasty family, the concerns that things have changed and no one yelling about yanking away Jesus. And the lack of panic over the rum thing.

Seriously now, who else is excited by the rum thing? Let's take that one out caroling this year. The Jolly Fark Carolers.
 
2006-12-01 04:42:35 AM  
It's not as if the edited version is any more or less PC than the original. They still use the word Christmas in every line, and even have 11 gospel singers as a gift. They've just changed it to make it more topical for their theme of "a deaf Rastafarian Christmas."
 
2006-12-01 04:48:40 AM  
images.thesun.co.uk

With Chavtastic picture goodness I see.
 
2006-12-01 05:00:10 AM  
I said don't worry
About a thing.
Cause everylittle thing
is gonna be alright...

/Mom on the left it totally hittable, but is likely to show absolutely no emotion during the act itself.
/Mom on the right is semi-hittable, and looks like she's a total wildcat in the sack.
/Remaining moms - Que the "Do Not Want Doggie" pic.
 
2006-12-01 05:02:29 AM  
I had to look up bowlderize.

/geek-fu is weak today
 
2006-12-01 05:06:03 AM  
i was commenting on the javascript that pops up the copyright notice if you right click on that image in TFA. webbies = teh stoopid
 
2006-12-01 05:10:05 AM  
how the hell can you copyright something, implicitly allowing people to view the website and cache the copyrighted material, and expect that someone will not be able to see the implicitly allowed copy (from their cache) displayed in a different way on their browser.

DUMB DUBM DUBMDUDFGJDGKJDFGKDFGDF

/must go to bed
//must write paper first
 
2006-12-01 05:11:41 AM  
What's interesting about the photo is how much the moms and daughters look alike. Almost right down to hair styles.
 
2006-12-01 05:31:17 AM  
Ahh, the Holiday season wouldn't be complete without stories of atheists and atheist loving libs trying to tear down Christian traditions. And it is still only the end of November. I wonder how many ass hat stories of nativity scene bans we will hear this year.

/wonders where ganja falls into the twelve days of rastafarian Christmas
 
2006-12-01 05:48:11 AM  
PigPen603

*Silent Rip voice* Are you even trying anymore?

/3 out of ten, if that.
 
2006-12-01 05:55:34 AM  
One christmas eve in transylvania
The townsfolk were filled with a certain mania
For on that night, when the sun went down
The scary rastafarians came into town
Strutting their stuff through village and square
They caused such a panic with their off-beat air
Oooooh - rastafarians
Oooooh..
Reggae Christmas eve in Transylvania!
 
2006-12-01 07:16:30 AM  
So any change to something "traditional" is PC now?

It's called parody dumbasses. Kudos to the music teacher for making the concert a little more interesting and getting the kids more involved by bringing in a different music style.
 
2006-12-01 07:53:17 AM  
WHAT? Jesus wrote that song, it's in the Bible. America is A CHRISTIAN NATION, it was founded by CHRISTIANS. Take your fake carols to Iran if you like them so much.

Yawn...

SwingingJohnson:
"One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas's popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors."

I guess he was protecting them by giving them three fewer prostitutes to visit on leave, huh?
 
2006-12-01 08:23:57 AM  
Ivor

I know, you could practically replace the cast of Coronation Street with them.

And while I'm here:

images.ctv.ca

is that what you "Keep Jesus In Christmas" people really want? 'cause I'm sure Wal*Mart would oblige if demand was high enough.
 
2006-12-01 08:42:05 AM  
people need to just chill out about christmas. it's so widely celebrated that IMHO it's more of a cultural event than a strictly religious event.
 
2006-12-01 08:47:30 AM  
"Mum Michelle Geddes, 32, said: "I have no problem with the kids learning about other cultures - but now it is Christmas. This is a time for Christian people to celebrate.

I love how all these 'Christian people' only ever seem to come out to defend their faith at Christmas, when the local school/council/shops dare to do something other than the strict traditions as set out on the telly. I'd love a follow-up story in which the local vicar looks at the photo above and says "Ummm.... Nope, never seen any of them"

/Oh Noes!!! Somebody is suggesting something a bit different!!! Call the PC Police!!!
 
2006-12-01 09:22:45 AM  
@costas: More significantly, it was said before, but I'll say it again; the changes didn't make it any less bloody Christian than it was before.

itsfullofstars got it right too. Those kneejerk asswipes at The Sun will label anything "PC" if it's non-traditional.

Half the "traditional" cliches they're bewailing the loss of are fairly modern anyway. "Let it snow, let it snow, let it ****** snow" is a traditional song by their measure, and I'm personally sick of it, alongside the same old Christmas songs year after year after year.

Christmas is only cool when you're a kid because you haven't seen it countless times before. >:-(
 
2006-12-01 09:39:45 AM  
You know what? Screw those parents.

I say put on Rocky Horror.

Christmas play <--- NOT YOURS
 
2006-12-01 10:29:22 AM  
*Shudder*
 
2006-12-01 11:47:31 AM  
Barring the nativity scene, all these so-called "traditions" are no more Christian than I am. And yes, I fully recognize that many of my "traditions" were put forth as a way to keep the Jewish kids from feeling bad that they don't celebrate Christmas. So Happy Winter Solstice one and all!

/and Io Saturnalia!
//still likes me some latkes and sour cream
 
2006-12-01 12:43:27 PM  
bakatare: I want to know what kind of behavioral disruptions nativity plays cause.

My guess: the kids couldn't stop snickering everytime someone said the word "virgin."
 
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