Elvis Costello cancels Oliver’s Army over racial slur: ‘Don’t play the record’

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Elvis Costello cancels Oliver’s Army over racial slur: ‘Don’t play the record’

For context, the full lyric reads: “Only takes one itchy trigger / One more widow, one less white n*****”. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Costell

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For context, the full lyric reads: “Only takes one itchy trigger / One more widow, one less white n*****”. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Costello said: “If I wrote that song today, maybe I’d think twice about it.”

However, the musician did recognise the historical accuracy of the slur, explaining that the term was what his paternal grandfather was called while serving in the Royal Irish Regiment during World War I. The 67-year-old added: “It’s historically a fact but people hear that word go off like a bell and accuse me of something that I didn’t intend.”

Yet, it isn’t the only out-of-date phrase in the song, with multiple other examples being found throughout. These include, “Hong Kong is up for grabs” and “London is full of Arabs.” Also, “we could be in Palestine” and “overrun by the Chinese line.”



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