Students apologized for playing a ‘transphobic’ song

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The students, who study at the University of Guelph, in Canada, played the 1972 Lou Reed’s hit “walk on the Wilde Side” at the open event. The Central Student Association said that they had compiled a playlist of songs from the 1970’s and 1980’s to be played there but then they claimed they had understood that the lyrics were offensive, hurtful and transphobic, although failed to explain which lines of the song contained transphobia. “It’s come to our attention that the playlist we had on during bus pass distribution on Thursday contained a song with transphobic lyrics (Lou Reed, Take a Walk on the Wild Side). The playlist was compiled by one of the Executives with the intent of feeling like a road trip from the 70s and 80s. The song was included solely on those terms and made in ignorance as the person making the list did not know or understand the lyrics. We now know the lyrics to this song are hurtful to our friends in the trans community and we’d like to unreservedly apologise for this error in judgement,” they wrote in a statement claiming thhat the world ‘wild’ in the song was used to describe trans people and it dehumanizes them. In the comments of the statement, some students theorised that the “offensive” lyrics in question may be the part of the song which referred to trans actress Holly Woodlawn. Some students argued that the song was actually very forward thinking at the time of its release and was not intended to be transphobic, despite what the lyrics may convey in a modern setting.

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