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UN censors Norwegian girls' despot song
The Local (Norway) ^ | 7-2-2012

Posted on 08/10/2012 11:23:42 AM PDT by Renfield

The dreams of dozens of Norwegian girls ended in disenchantment on Saturday when organizers axed part of their show at the UN General Assembly in New York, citing concerns over lyrics listing some of history’s worst tyrants.

The 46 members of the Norwegian Girls Choir had long looked forward to performing their song about war and peace at the General Assembly Hall, newspaper Aftenposten reports.

But the girls, aged 12 to 19, never got to realize their ambition after the organizers of the Rhythms of One World Festival took fright on hearing the choir sound-check.

As conductor Anne Karin Sundal-Ask worked out some of the details for the stage show with a lighting technician, the choir shrieked out the names of infamous tyrants from Hitler and Mussolini to Quisling, Stalin, Lenin, Castro, Tito, Maria Antoinette and Papa Doc.

“The mood changed quickly at that point and they wanted a list of all the names,” Sundal Ask told the newspaper.

The choir leader said she was willing to compromise and remove some of the names but the organizers at the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation eventually told her the girls were not going to be allowed to perform the piece.

“They said the UN wouldn’t sanction it,” said Sundal Ask.

The choir instead sang its folk music repertoire, but having to resort to the fallback plan left a bitter taste for the girls, the composer and the conductor.

“This is freedom of speech, and the piece is about war and peace,” said Sundal Ask.

“It’s a very unifying piece. It doesn’t feel good to be censored or to not be allowed express oneself artistically.”

With its ultimate message of peace, the conductor said it was “absurd” for the piece to be to be kept out of the UN headquarters.

Written specifically for the Norwegian Girls Choir, the piece has been performed all over the world since winning a competition in Japan five years ago.

Composer Maja Ratkje said she was shocked that the piece had been struck off the programme in New York.

“As far as I’m aware, this is the first time my art has been censored,” she said.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: castro; europeanunion; hitler; lenin; mao; mariaantoinette; mussolini; norway; opec; papadoc; quisling; stalin; tito; un

I'm not sure what to make of this.

You can see the girls performing this banned work on YouTube here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Q7bKtYo3qSg#!

The girls sing well when they actually sing, but this is one of the stranger performances I've seen.

1 posted on 08/10/2012 11:23:52 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: Renfield

They were going to sing the names of “They who must not be named.”


2 posted on 08/10/2012 11:25:41 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Renfield

Half the world frightened not to be politically correct to the other half.


3 posted on 08/10/2012 11:26:36 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Renfield

They left out Bush.


4 posted on 08/10/2012 11:26:36 AM PDT by marron
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To: Renfield

Perhaps the girls were being critical of “Hitler and Mussolini to Quisling, Stalin, Lenin, Castro, Tito, Maria Antoinette and Papa Doc.”

This is the UN, after all.


5 posted on 08/10/2012 11:29:21 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Renfield

If your dream is to sing in front of the UN, then you really need to dream a little bigger.


6 posted on 08/10/2012 11:30:07 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Renfield

“Quisling” was the Norwegian equal of Benedict Arnold.

They certainly know about traitors.


7 posted on 08/10/2012 11:31:33 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Renfield

I haven’t checked it out yet, but the moment I saw “award winning” I knew it would be weird.

Nowadays if it’s pretty or nice, it’s mundane. To be “award winning” in the arts nowadays, you have to be elitist, strange, and usually self-serving. (It’s my ART!)


8 posted on 08/10/2012 11:32:04 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Renfield
...infamous tyrants from Hitler and Mussolini to Quisling, Stalin, Lenin, Castro,

Wait a minute, did they say Castro? Castro? CASTRO, The hero of the liberal left, compared with Hitler? Well, that won't do.
9 posted on 08/10/2012 11:34:17 AM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: Renfield

They were singing a list of famous Left Wing democidal maniacs, and the UN censored it. Wow.

Don’t know what Marie Antoinette is doing on that list though. Where’s Robespierre and the architects of the Vendee massacre?


10 posted on 08/10/2012 11:34:47 AM PDT by agere_contra (Vote ABO. Don't choose the Greater Evil and then boast about how principled you are)
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To: Renfield

The flea infested underbelly of Dystopia of progressofascist creation coming to a city near you.


11 posted on 08/10/2012 11:45:23 AM PDT by parisa
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To: Renfield
the choir shrieked out the names of infamous tyrants from Hitler and Mussolini to Quisling, Stalin, Lenin, Castro, Tito, Maria Antoinette and Papa Doc.

I'm just shocked they didn't throw Bush into that list.

12 posted on 08/10/2012 11:51:39 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: agere_contra

That is just what I was thinking. What in the world is Marie Antoinette doing on that list. I doubt if she ever had a single person executed. She might have been ignorant of what was going on but I doubt she had the power to do anything about it even if she was not.


13 posted on 08/10/2012 11:52:20 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: agere_contra
Don’t know what Marie Antoinette is doing on that list though.

She was just the icing on a cake.

14 posted on 08/10/2012 12:03:44 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Renfield

The UN should be included in any list of the world’s worst tyrants.


15 posted on 08/10/2012 12:05:14 PM PDT by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: Renfield
I'm not sure what to make of this.

I am.

Many of the despots named are actually revered at the United Nations.

16 posted on 08/10/2012 12:07:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Ken H

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/heyho.wav


17 posted on 08/10/2012 12:09:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Renfield
Very strange performance...

I could not understand most of what they were saying but in the middle the girl says something about the tyrant erasing the past and making the humans androgynous. At the end when they turn their backs and start calling out names, I could only recognize pol pot and stalin.

18 posted on 08/10/2012 12:11:30 PM PDT by Selene
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To: Ken H

LOL.


19 posted on 08/10/2012 12:15:55 PM PDT by agere_contra (Vote ABO. Don't choose the Greater Evil and then boast about how principled you are)
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To: agere_contra
If ever a woman with no power no influence was given a bum rap by history - it was Marie Antoinette. She was basically hated for being a foreigner “Autre-chienne”- that foreign b*tch - for having nice things bought FOR HER with money she had no control over (the diamond necklace incident) - and being the wife of a despised monarch who was about to have his head cut off - and her as well.

I can see why the French Revolution needed to make her out to be everything she was not - but do we still need to buy their propaganda.

I am as anti-Royalist as they come - but really.

And she never did say “let them eat cake” - that particular smear was used before she ever came to France on a different target.

20 posted on 08/10/2012 12:21:51 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Renfield

The Phony King of England - Disney's Robin Hood - video

21 posted on 08/10/2012 12:27:15 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: allmendream

She’s History’s Greatest Monster!


22 posted on 08/10/2012 12:32:54 PM PDT by agere_contra (Vote ABO. Don't choose the Greater Evil and then boast about how principled you are)
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To: agere_contra; allmendream
If ever a woman with no power no influence was given a bum rap by history - it was Marie Antoinette.

She’s History’s Greatest Monster!

Do you see now why the UN intervened???

This song would cause debate, disagreement, disputes leading possibly to conflagrations, attacks and war, and further UN intervention???

They were just trying to maintain the peace.

23 posted on 08/10/2012 12:52:42 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Renfield

The UN is all in favor of despotism.


24 posted on 08/10/2012 1:19:28 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: allmendream

I think she actually DID say something like “Let them eat cake,” but it didn’t mean what people think it means.

Cheap bread was price controlled in Paris, and, if the bakers ran out, they had to sell more expensive items, like cake, at the same price as the cheap bread. Hence “Let them eat cake.”


25 posted on 08/10/2012 1:20:00 PM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Renfield
The whole world is f'ing nuts.

Of course if they were a choir from say, Zimbabwe, they would be heralded.

26 posted on 08/10/2012 1:26:55 PM PDT by Post5203 (I bought 6 marines a beer at a bar recently and not one said thanks. I won't do that again.)
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To: Little Ray
There is no evidence that she ever said it - and reports of it being said in France were first written (in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions) when she was nine years old on still living in Austria.

100 years before her it was reputedly said by Marie-Thérèse, the wife of Louis XIV; and this was most likely the “great princess” that Rousseau was making reference to.

Whatever the translation of the french - nothing of the kind was reportedly said by Marie Antoinette during her lifetime - even by the French Revolution (mia culpa) which had every reason to demonize her.

The misattribution of the quote is apparently a modern invention based upon Rousseau's comment and an anachronistic understanding that the “great princess” was her, rather than Marie-Thérèse.

27 posted on 08/10/2012 1:32:16 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: allmendream
I can see why the French Revolution needed to make her out to be everything she was not - but do we still need to buy their propaganda.

She was of the 1%, the rabble 99%... Some things never change, off with her head!

Sigh...

Regards,
GtG

28 posted on 08/10/2012 3:49:47 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Renfield
I wanted to like it but that was just excruciating.
29 posted on 08/10/2012 10:52:04 PM PDT by marron
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Renfield.
...infamous tyrants from Hitler and Mussolini to Quisling, Stalin, Lenin, Castro, Tito, Maria Antoinette and Papa Doc.

30 posted on 08/11/2012 2:38:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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