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Title Houston Voice, No. 826, August 23, 1996
Contributor
  • Bell, Deborah Moncrief
Publisher Window Media
Date August 23, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript H *#^m il m^ i ,-'■■■*% '-'■ ■ Al IXielwassep I HOUSTON VOICE /AUGUST 23, 1996 19 Showers Singing Nada Surf's new hit single "Popular" (Elektra Records) is an incisive, sarcastic swipe at high school mores and teen social conventions. However, it's not the song's biting lyrics—hut a few seconds of video tape—that have one school official crying foul. Tlie music video for "Popular" contains a brief shower scene that recently raised the homophobic hackles of Leo Smith, vice principal of New Jersey's Bayonne High School. The video's closing scene—which portrays young male athletes showering and (gasp!) smiling at each other—is offensive, says Smith, because it suggests that some members of the Bayonne football team might actually be homosexual. "Popular" was shot on location at Bayonne High — with administration approval—and the cast made use of the school's c h e e r I e a d i n g and f o o t b a 11 uniforms. However, Smith says, he never would have consented to the production had he known the video would contain such "suggestive" imagery. According to Nada Surf, the shower scene was never intended to suggest homosexuality. Indeed, both the song's lyrics and the hulk of the video's imagery are predominantly —and blatantly—heterosexual. The video features passionate, heterosexual kissing scenes, for example, which go well beyond any "suggestive" smiles that so offended Smith. Significantly, (he band members quickly took exception to Smith's homophobic attack. During an "MTV News" report on the controversy, Nada Surf lambasted Smith's ignorance—calling the vice principal "small minded" for singling out "homoeroticism as more offensive than straight eroticism." Nada Surf could have easily (and perhaps more profitably) defended the heterosexual intent of iheir music WITHOUT ever defending homoeroticism. Instead, the band refused to ignore homophobia—the principal vice. Action/Options: Remind Mr. Smith that school administrators are supposed to foster understanding, not ignorance. Contact: Leo Smith, Vice Principal, Bayonne High School, Bayonne, NJ. 201-858-5900; copy complaints to the New Jersey Department of Education. 225 W. Slate St., CN 500, Trenton. NJ 08625—0500. 609-984-7454. As always. your correspondence can do double duty as "letters-to-the-editors" of leading local newspapers; write to "The Record." 150 River St.. Hacken- sack, NJ 07602, fax 201-646-4135 and the "Newark Star—Ledger," Star-Ledger Plaza, Newark, NJ 07101, fax 201-643- 7248. Supportive feedback should be sent to Nada Surf, c/o Elektra Records, 345 N. Maple Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210- 3827. 310-288-3800. Web browsers can access "The Official Nada Surf Home Page" (http://www.flotsatn.com/nad- anet/) for band member bios, song lyrics, and other fan information: e-mail n a d a s u r f @ aol.com. To encourage MTV's coverage of issues largely ignored by other news outlets, contact Judy McGrath, President, MTV Networks, 1515 Broadway. New York, NY 10036, 212-258-8712, e-mail feedback@mtv.com. Various artists and activists are working to combat the larger, on-going problem of popular music censorship. The Massachusetts Music Industry Coalition (Mass. M.I.C.) has joined forces with Rock Out Censorship and Rock & Rap Confidential, setting up a web site and petition drive to "support all artist's right to create music and all individual's right to choose the music they will listen to." The organizers encourage politicians and other would-be censors "to make more beneficial and positive use of their time, money, and power by striving lor belter opportunities, education, and support for young people." Contaci: Mass. M.I.C, P.O. Box 333, Leominster, MA 01453, 508- 537 —1669, e-mail crowleyn@ult r- anet.com.hup://www.uhranel.com/- c row ley n/m mic html. An effective (and exceptional) new tool for combating homophobia in the classroom is "It's Elementary; Talking About Gay Issues in School." This film by Debra Chasnoff and Helen Cohen recently won "Best Documentary" at the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and—thanks lo limited theatrical release—has also qualified for Academy Award consideration (if won, the Oscar would be Chasnoff's second!). Contact: Women's Educational Media, 2180 Bryant St., H 203, San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-641—4616, fax 415-641-4632, e- in,iiI wemdhc@aol.com. More on Kolbe's Outing The recent slories about Congressman Kolbe's (R-AZ) "outing" only mention his vote against same-sex marriages. In fact, Kolbe's own Dec. 12, 1995 rider destroyed funding for an Indian AIDS prevention program and inserted a clause to withhold cultural, religious and environmental protection laws that protect a sacred Apache mountain. Mt.Graham. Kolbe promoted these exemptions so University of Arizona telescopes could desecrate this sacred mountain," says openly gay candidate Eric Resnick, who ran in the Democratic primary in (he district of Rep. Regula (R-OH), Interior Appropriations chairperson. Regula and Kolbe conspired to sneak the rider in at the last minute. The Congressional Record read "Amendment No. 178: Deletes Senate language requiring the Indian Health Service to prepare a report on HIV-AIDS prevention needs, and inserts in lieu thereof a provision which allows the construction of a third telescope on Mount Graham, in Arizona..." Kolbe sold out the A IDS-afflicted Indian community and replaced it with a rider allowing Kolbe's U of A pals to desecrate a sacred Apache mountain, claims Res- nick. Kolbe claimed the homophobic and racist aspects of his rider were coincidence, and the HIV study costly. In faci. he intentionally waited many months to inject his "coincidence" at the final 1995 joint Senate/House conference. According to Resnick, "It was no coincidence." The irony of this non-coincidence is tharthe AIDS study cost was minuscule compared to the billions in grazing subsidies, below-cost timber sales, and coyote killing for private ranchers in the Kolbe/Regula bill. Resnick further charges, "that every U.S. university has rejected or abandoned tins U of A outrage against human rights, the environment and due process." 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