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British DIY superstore B and Q has apologised after staff blasted out the filthy song "Christmas Time in Hell" by Satan and the Damned on the soundsystem, shocking customers.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061130/od_afp/britainchristmasretail_061130142802

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hhahhahahhahahh. Thought that was a southpark song

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Originally posted by Freshman:
hhahhahahhahahh. Thought that was a southpark song

It is.

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Filthy? for goodness' sake. It has one reference to sex. You hear worse on the radio.

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Come on, Satan is actually one of the nicest characters in South Park. They protray him as a sweet, slightly naive gay man who just wants friends. In fact you could even say that song is about how even bad people need a day off from being evil.
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They're just upset because it refers to Princess Diana in hell.
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I was in B&Q with my toddler earlier this week.

I haven't heard the sond Christmas in Hell, but judging by the title it sounds quite apt.

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"Christmas should be a wonderful time for kids -- they shouldn't have to listen to filth."
Can't they do both? I don't think the two are mutually exclusive.

Then again, this is from a non Christian whose favorite seasonal songs are Everclear's "Hating You for Christmas" and Blink182's "Won't Be Home for Christmas"...

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Originally posted by jessboo:
Filthy? for goodness' sake. It has one reference to sex. You hear worse on the radio.

I would think that it's not necessarily swearing or other vulgarity that people would find most offensive in this song; rather the references to people that some hold near and dear (Princess Diana, JFK & JFK Jr.) being in hell.

On the flipside, any Christmas song that incorporates Jeffrey and Dahmer and Hitler into it really isn't going to do much for putting people into the Christmas mood.

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quote:
Originally posted by Artemis:
quote:
"Christmas should be a wonderful time for kids -- they shouldn't have to listen to filth."
Can't they do both? I don't think the two are mutually exclusive.

Tell you what, your children can listen to anything you want. When you are running a business of your own you can also try to impose your musical tastes on your customers and hope they go along with it. In the meantime though you'll have to accept that not everyone wants "to listen to filth" least of all under the guise of Christmas music in a public place where a merchant is trying to get them to part with their money.

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Originally posted by Class Bravo:
quote:
Originally posted by jessboo:
Filthy? for goodness' sake. It has one reference to sex. You hear worse on the radio.

I would think that it's not necessarily swearing or other vulgarity that people would find most offensive in this song; rather the references to people that some hold near and dear (Princess Diana, JFK & JFK Jr.) being in hell.

On the flipside, any Christmas song that incorporates Jeffrey and Dahmer and Hitler into it really isn't going to do much for putting people into the Christmas mood.

quote:

"Christmas should be a wonderful time for kids -- they shouldn't have to listen to filth."

This guy's daughter is four years old- she won't understand it anyway. I could understand his concern if it had swearing in it, but it's not filth in the sense of something that will influence his daughter.

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I don't think this is strictly about the chiiiiiiiildren though, as so many things these days tend to be. Won't someone think of the adults?

I think I would be a bit thrown off if I went Christmas shopping (which I don't do, but stick with me for the sake of argument) and a song came on highlighting some beloved people being in hell and mentioning Hitler and Dahmer. I'm not saying that I would be emotionally damaged nor would I call for a boycott of the store, but I would find it inappropriate.

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quote:
Originally posted by Class Bravo:
I don't think this is strictly about the chiiiiiiiildren though, as so many things these days tend to be. Won't someone think of the adults?

I think I would be a bit thrown off if I went Christmas shopping (which I don't do, but stick with me for the sake of argument) and a song came on highlighting some beloved people being in hell and mentioning Hitler and Dahmer. I'm not saying that I would be emotionally damaged nor would I call for a boycott of the store, but I would find it inappropriate.

I agree. It is quite possible to find something inappropriate for the venue without wanting to make a big deal of it. But if an opinion is asked it will be offered!

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I'm one of those people who would have been like "WTF?" and then started chuckling about it. There's bigger things in life to be worried about than "OMGZZZZZZZ TEHY R PLAYN BAD STUFFZZZZZ!11!!!!1!"

Then again, that may just be me.

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Very good point--while this song is certainly inappropriate for Christmas shopping, I have received unsubstantiated reports that some stores are playing songs that will in fact cause people to catch teh gay.
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Absolutely! I myself had recently been urged, via store loudspeaker, to don some "gay apparel." Totally unacceptable.

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quote:
Originally posted by Christie:
quote:
Originally posted by Artemis:
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"Christmas should be a wonderful time for kids -- they shouldn't have to listen to filth."
Can't they do both? I don't think the two are mutually exclusive.

Tell you what, your children can listen to anything you want. When you are running a business of your own you can also try to impose your musical tastes on your customers and hope they go along with it. In the meantime though you'll have to accept that not everyone wants "to listen to filth" least of all under the guise of Christmas music in a public place where a merchant is trying to get them to part with their money.
As far as I'm concerned, the store that is trying to get you to part with your money can play whatever they want. If you don't like it, you have just as much right to shop somewhere else.

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