You may be wondering why anyone could find offense in the New Pornographers’ music, which conjures feelings that skirt the line between happiness and pure bliss.
Calvin College has no issue with the band’s music, but that troublesome name is something of a deal breaker and forced the Christian college to cancel a show that was scheduled on campus.
I don’t know whether to be madder at the cancellation or the fact that Calvin College got the New Pornographers before my school (which shall remain nameless).
According to Pitchfork, a press release from the college explains:
“After weeks of discussion and consideration, the irony of the band’s name was impossible to explain to many. The band’s name, to some, is mistakenly associated with pornography. Consequently, Calvin, to some, was mistakenly associated with pornography. Neither the college nor the band endorses pornography.”
“The irony…was impossible to explain.”
Telling people that the New Pornographers are not actually pornographers (as far as I know) didn’t work?