Deck The Halls

Deck the halls with boughs of holly.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
‘Tis the season to be jolly.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

An old song that, with some historians believing that the music alone dates back to the sixteenth century, but one that almost all of us know. It has become a hallmark of Christmas across Britain at least, with schoolchildren forced to sing it as part of the Christmas celebrations in schools. And it is this that has caused the song to hit the news recently. You see, the song has been changed by a teacher and a part of the next few lines has been removed.

Don we now our gay apparel.
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Troll the ancient Yule tide carol.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Now I know what you’re thinking; they’ve trimmed back all those fas and las and left us with something a little more manageable and memorable, a song that perhaps has the majority of lyrics with more than a single syllable. While that would be a great addition to Christmas I’m afraid the answer is a little more disappointing than that. They’ve removed the word “Gay” from the song.

The culprit in this case was a music teacher in Michigan who decided to replace the word “gay” in the above lines with the word “bright” leaving the line as “Don we now our bright apparel.” I was absolutely disgusted at this as were the parents of the children who were supposed to sing this song, and I had this post all written out as a tirade against political correctness taking precedence over common sense. That’s when I found out why the music teacher decided to change the song. It seems that the children couldn’t stop laughing at the thought of the homosexual clothing that the people in the song were wearing and would crack up whenever they got to that line. The music teacher, understandably exasperated and trying to put together a Christmas show came up with the best plan he could think of.

The parents complained of course, despite the fact that they were part of the reason that we live in a world that the children couldn’t seriously sing the word “gay”. Many people, myself and the school’s principal included, asked why the school couldn’t have used this as an opportunity to teach the children about the history of the word and that there is more than one meaning, none of them bad. Of course, what no-one was saying was just what sort of reaction the parents would have had if their children were exposed to such radical ideas as the word “gay” not being bad.

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34 thoughts on “Deck The Halls

  1. Welcome to Christmas on The Dark Furie. Just so you know, I keep the best for last and these posts will keep getting more insane as time goes on. Also, there's a highlight post the day before Christmas Eve to catch new readers up on old Christmas insanity. πŸ˜‰

  2. :yes: @ "Dennis raping" :love:Principals don't teach; have you never heard the adage,"those who can, do. Those who can't, teach. Those who can't teach, administrate." :left: 😦

  3. I hear it's winter over in America. I hope the teacher has some nice faggots ready for his fireplace. :rolleyes:You're exactly right, Mik. The English language has so many words that mean different things, but instead of actually educating, this teacher decided to censor (hey, there's another word that has several different meanings). :irked:In fact, if he were to actually take the opportunity to teach, (God forbid teachers teach anything outside the syllabus these days), he could not only have taught about the fact that the word 'gay' has more than one meaning, he could also have taught:- About the history of its use- The fact that so many other words can have more than one meaning- The fact that actually being gay in the 21st century has less of a social stigma attached to it (though there's a long way to go, unfortunately, before people are generally accepted for who they are by many people)That last one might have helped some students who may have been struggling with emerging feelings they couldn't articulate to actually understand they weren't some sort of freak, and that – if they found they couldn't talk to their parents, friends, whatever – they could talk to their teacher. He could also have taught the students a little about rational thinking, examining prejudices, looking at things from varying angles, thinking before acting, etc. It was such a good opportunity, but it's been wasted. :doh:I like the fact the school's principal wondered why this opportunity was wasted. But why couldn't the principal, then, lead discussions on this?

  4. Originally posted by clean:

    I hear it's winter over in America. I hope the teacher has some nice faggots ready for his fireplace.

    πŸ˜† hahahahhahahaha

  5. I don't really see a problem with changing the word to 'bright' as that is pretty much exactly what the word 'gay' means in that context. πŸ™„ .What's more is, I don't think that the modern trend that everyone must either be 'gay' or 'straight' is any less prejudice than the idea that homosexuals should keep their lives private. :left: .

  6. Originally posted by Furie:

    I keep the best for last and these posts will keep getting more insane as time goes on.

    :yes: Looking forward to see what is coming πŸ˜€

  7. Fa Got. Never mind, spent too long working with Australians ;)And :Originally posted by Mik:

    …a couple of boxes of faggots…

    I recall that before I left UK ('95) I used to enjoy 'Brain's Faggots' – they came packed in a tin-foil dish and were bloody delicious πŸ™‚

  8. Originally posted by Furie:

    we're going to a wedding

    :yikes: Should I update my avatar? :left: πŸ˜† Originally posted by Furie:

    And those who can't do any of that, blog about it.

    And I was going to say: "Those who can't do any of that, fool the previous ones to do all the hard job."

  9. Originally posted by clean:

    some nice faggots ready

    I used to love a good faggot as a kid but then they changed the recipe of the gravy and made it too oniony. I tried them again not long ago after the box promised a return to the traditional gravy and, lo and behold, it was gorgeous. Now I like to keep a couple of boxes of faggots in the freezer and have them with chips.Originally posted by clean:

    He could also have taught the students a little about rational thinking, examining prejudices, looking at things from varying angles, thinking before acting, etc.

    That's what makes me so mad about this. So many of these teachers are too scared to actually teach these days due to the threat of litigation.
    Originally posted by qlue:

    I don't really see a problem with changing the word to 'bright' as that is pretty much exactly what the word 'gay' means in that context.

    The problem is more that the parents are the ones that created an atmosphere where this teacher felt he had better censor the word than use it as a teaching opportunity and then they were the ones who complained that it had been changed, mainly because of any change from what they knew and not what had been changed.Originally posted by qlue:

    the modern trend that everyone must either be 'gay' or 'straight' is any less prejudice

    The Kinsey scale actually allows for everyone to be one to six points homosexual with no ground for completely straight. Word is that a new scale was introduced with much higher numbers after the Twilight movie was released, but the point is that we're all a little bit gay. Especially Dennis.Originally posted by H82typ:

    Principals don't teach; have you never heard the adage,"those who can, do. Those who can't, teach. Those who can't teach, administrate."

    And those who can't do any of that, blog about it. :yes:I'm sad now. :awww:Originally posted by serola:

    Looking forward to see what is coming

    Get ya best suit ready, 'cause we're going to a wedding! :hat:
    Originally posted by FlaRin:

    I thought that meant 'failed to remember'!!!

    You've lost me mate? :confused: Too much squid. πŸ˜‰

  10. Originally posted by qlue:

    David, I note wryly that the American spelling is "fagot"

    The dictionary you looked at is wrong, Aadil. :p We spell it "faggot" over here. You must have been looking at the hillbilly redneck dictionary again. πŸ˜€

  11. Insane, you say. Well, how insane is this, then…I found it in our local supermarket with the other Christmas candy stuff for kids…

  12. πŸ˜† .I use the Oxford Dictionary, which gives the English spelling first but also notes the alternative spelling which it claims is chiefly used in the USA and Canada. :p .

  13. To remove a word from a song because it has a double meaning is stupid! Here it seems to be a trend that if there's a word that lots of people can't spell properly, we just change the spelling so the words look absolutely ridiculous for us who *can* actually spell! πŸ™„ Political correctness just sucks!

  14. Originally posted by Zaphira:

    Here it seems to be a trend that if there's a word that lots of people can't spell properly, we just change the spelling so the words look absolutely ridiculous for us who *can* actually spell!

    WHAT???Oh you've got to be fucking kidding me! This keeps happening here as well to the point that we have a prominent linguistics professor trying to have the English language completely changed over to text speak as that is what kids recognise more than the actual language. Rather than educating those who're getting it wrong we're expected to change the world to suit them and embrace what they actually think. :furious:This was one of the thoughts going through my head about the degradation of the language as I hit a coffee shop the other day and ordered a small coffee. The girl at the till entered my order then went off to make it. I looked at the till and saw what she had entered, then called her back explaining that I want a small coffee not a tall one. "The tall is the smallest we do" she explained. "The tall is the small?" I asked incredulously. "Yes" she replied chirpily, not knowing that any other answer may have saved her life.I awoke in a daze and covered with blood and coffee beans, muttering about the degradation of the language being insidious and taking place so far outside schools that the kids of today really do have no chance.

  15. I've been to Amsterdam enough times to know that there are coffee shops and then there are coffee shops…:coffee: 😎

  16. Depends on who's paying, really πŸ˜† I grew up with a large number of 2nd and 3rd generation Jamaicans, so….. πŸ˜‰

  17. Originally posted by Mik:

    despite the fact that they were part of the reason that we live in a world that the children couldn't seriously sing the word "gay"

    the parents are the ones that created an atmosphere where this teacher felt he had better censor the word than use it as a teaching opportunity and then they were the ones who complained that it had been changed, mainly because of any change from what they knew and not what had been changed.

    My thoughts exactly. It's ridiculous that they can't even manage to sing a song without laughing. A part of me wonders how real their laughing fits really are, though…

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