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Posted: 22 Jun 07, 15:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Nashville Scene
June 21, 2007
Kroger Bans 'Gay Music'
No more Elton John over the loudspeakers...

In its continuing effort to avoid offending homophobes, Kroger has
banned the playing of what an internal memo calls "gay music" over
store loudspeakers.

"It's goodbye 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,'" says a source at the
grocery giant's Cincinnati headquarters. "We're not going to be
playing any Elton John, George Michael, Melissa Etheridge or any
other openly gay performers."

Most stores in the chain pipe in a selection of popular songs
interspersed with promotional announcements, and until now there has
been no sexual orientation test for the music.

"Before, we only focused on having songs that most people like -
kind of a middle-of-the-road approach," the Kroger source
says. "We'll still do that, just without anybody who's a known
homosexual."

Apparently performers who are merely rumored to be gay are still OK.

The move by Kroger follows the store's recent ban on giving rack
space to Out & About, the local newspaper covering news of interest
to gays and lesbians - a move that has been met with approval from
social conservatives and derision from others.

The chain justifies its ban by characterizing Out & About as a niche
publication, though why it is any more "niche" than, say, Nashville
Parent isn't specified. Critics also note the grocer's spotty
enforcement of its own policy, and that Kroger stores happily
display the local gay paper in Atlanta.

"I don't see what the big deal is about this," the Kroger source
says. "There are a million songs out there. And a lot of performers
aren't going to be missed. It's not like we were playing a lot of
Frankie Goes to Hollywood or Culture Club anyway."

Asked if this newfound concern for prevailing social norms extended
to performers who are known to use illegal drugs, the spokesman
backpedals. "We'll still play songs by those people because we don't
want our stores to go completely silent," he says. "Performers like
Charlie Daniels and Tom Petty may sing about dope, but at least
they're sexually straight. As far as we know."


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Posted: 22 Jun 07, 17:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Watch out, Mika.


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Posted: 22 Jun 07, 20:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mistake post. Sorry!





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Posted: 23 Jun 07, 00:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If you can't get played at Kroger, you're screwed!

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Posted: 23 Jun 07, 00:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A nice step backward in the 21st century. Of all the developed countries, this could only happen in the USA. Well, maybe Italy or Poland... they're pretty Catholic.



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Posted: 23 Jun 07, 01:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=red>The Audacity of Charles wrote:

Source ?

Ah-ha.

http://www.nashvillescene.com/Stories/Columns/The_Fabricator/2007/06/21/Kroger_Bans_Gay_Music_/

Thanks Google.

... I don't know, there's something iffy about "The Fabricator".


Before we get up all on our high horse, I suggest everyone read more of The Fabricator's stories at Nashville Scene for context. "Iffy" ain't the half of it.

"Panic at the Loews" has a few amusing bits in it as well.


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Posted: 23 Jun 07, 08:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm sure some Homos have the same ideas about people who live THE conventional lifesyle. If thats way people feel let them get on with their lives we all have different tolerances.




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Posted: 23 Jun 07, 10:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

so mika is safe there


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Posted: 23 Jun 07, 11:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

jcomber wrote:

I'm sure some Homos have the same ideas about people who live THE conventional lifesyle. If thats way people feel let them get on with their lives we all have different tolerances.


Somehow I doubt there are homosexuals who condemn the majority for their lifestyle. They of all people know a thing or two about tolerance of people who are different from them, since that's what they're generally fighting for in their own lives.



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Posted: 24 Jun 07, 06:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well this person is gonna have a whole programme of silence then isnt he?
Even in bands like Judas Priest they've a member of the gay community.=}


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Posted: 24 Jun 07, 08:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Reminds me a bit of Good Morning Vietnam. The powers that be tring to tell people what they should listen to rather than play what is popular.
Robin Williams should be put in charge of all shop played music throughout the USA immediately!


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