June 14, 2006

iTunes’ inclusiveness

Posted in Music at 10:48 pm by Calico Jack

Every once in a while, iTunes assembles a playlist on a certain theme, and calls its list of songs "The Essentials." There have been playlists for everything from "Soccer Songs" to "Father's Day" to "Original Versions of Songs Heard on American Idol." I kid you not. Well, this month iTunes has decided to branch out from its limited-appeal playlists and go for the mainstream. So, courtesy of our good friends at Apple, we're now treated to the playlist for "Gay Pride Month." Yep, that's going to attract just about everybody! Honestly, however, I wonder what kinds of songs are going to be on there. Shall we take a look at their intro paragraph?

Here, musical royalty, such as Donna Summer and Elton John blend effortlessly with today's divas. Flawless contributions from Fantasia, Mary J. Blige and others signify the harmonious manner in which gay and str8 [sic] artists coexist in our society today.

I really hate the bastardization of the English language through the purposeful misspelling of words, in order to set some group of people apart from everyone else with their use of puerile lingo. (For more along these lines, google "leet speak" or just browse MySpace.) And now a professional music site decides to make itself more relevant by using a non-traditional spelling of "straight," that gay people might look at the list and say "Wow, iTunes is really speaking to me! I must purchase their songs!" The English language is flexible; don't misunderstand. But it's flexible that we might add to the lexicon through the assimilation of words from other languages. Its flexibility allows us to make up words as needed, since English's base of Latin and Greek provides great structure for our grammar. Its flexibility is not meant to provide for the degredation of our language through useless contractions, misspellings, and grammatical errors. The perpetuation of these errors in the business world is intolerable. iTunes should be ashamed of itself.

I was a little sidetracked, I admit. I meant to write about the songs on the playlist, not the playlist itself. Still, I become rather irritated at all of the people who think that they can mess around with the language at will. Bloody idiots.

Grammar nazi rant over.

Anyway, the songs are mostly pertinent examples of what one would think of as "Gay Pride" songs. There is a sampling of Madonna, Depeche Mode, the Indigo Girls and Elton John. Of course, we can't forget such classics as "Y.M.C.A." by the Village People, "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred, "You're My Best Friend" by Queen, or even (I'm cringing now) Lenny B.'s "I Touch Myself." I understand why each of those are included in the playlist. But there are a few head-scratchers, as well. Why does "Everytime We Touch" by Cascada warrant an inclusion? What about Kelly Clarkson's "Walk Away"? "Holding Out for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler? "Around the World" by A Touch of Class? And I haven't gotten to the most egregious example yet. Who would have thought that "Over the Rainbow" with Judy Garland would ever be considered a gay pride anthem? Please, iTunes, just add some Rufus Wainwright and leave The Wizard of Oz alone.

Captain Morgan adds: Kudos on the Nazi rant. Hitler is beaming with pride. Perhaps iTunes needed a song with "rainbow" in the title, given the fact that the gays have changed the meaning of a special covenant of God.


  1. Shay said,

    Okay, seriously I would have read the whole article, but I am super hungry right now and I really can't think of anything else. I know, that's a rare occasion (the me being hungry part). However, I haven't eaten since about 5:00 PM and it was only a cup of yogurt and it is now 11:54 PM; thus, I am going to grab a bite to eat and read everything later. 😉

  2. beautyfacts said,

    There is a saying that beauty is only skindeep. Perhaps why there are such a number of beauty skincare products available today?

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