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ig-news-digest           monday, may 4 1998           volume 01 : number 063

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  [ig-news] may 1 article at sonicnet       [sherlyn koo <>]


date: mon, 04 may 1998 07:06:15 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] may 1 article at sonicnet

hey folks,

this is off sonicnet -

- -sherlyn

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second school axes indigo girls gig
but this time principal says it's because of lesbian duo's vulgar
lyrics, not their sexuality.

a day after learning that a south carolina high-school principal
called off an upcoming campus show by the lesbian folkie group
indigo girls, another high-school principal has decided to cancel
a gig by the duo at his school.

only this principal says it has nothing to do with their sexuality,
but rather their lyrics.

claiming that he is trying to maintain an atmosphere conducive to a
good education, germantown high school principal ernest chism said
he decided late thursday to call off the gig scheduled for next
tuesday at the germantown, tenn., school after finding out that the
grammy-winning musicians used vulgarities onstage at a show in

"we canceled the show [thursday] based on the lyrics to a song they
performed at loganville high school in georgia," chism explained,
referring to the indigo girls tune "shame on you" (realaudio
excerpt). the song, off the folkie duo's shaming of the sun, includes
a line that says: "me and jesus, we're of the same heart/ the only
thing that keeps us distant is that i keep fucking up."

chism, who first learned about the cancellation of the indigo girls'
gig at irmo high school in irmo, s.c., on thursday, claims that he
has never heard the indigo girls' music and that his decision has
nothing to do with the duo's homosexuality. rather, after learning
that the duo had sung those lyrics at the show at loganville high
school on april 13, chism said he called principal ken prichard there
to discuss the situation. "i know very well what's acceptable on this
campus, and those types of words are not acceptable," chism said. "we
don't let students use words that strong and we don't use that

the indigo girls -- singer/guitarists amy ray and emily saliers --
have been playing high schools and universities over the past month
as a warm-up for their appearances on this year's popular all-women
lilith fair and as a way to reach out to their younger fans in a
smaller setting. their may 7 show at irmo high school, one of five
that had been slated for next week, was canceled earlier this week by
principal gerald witt following complaints from parents and students
concerning the indigo girls' homosexuality as well as the idea of
holding a concert during a school assembly.

not everyone at germantown high school is buying chism's story. katie
fort, a 15-year-old staff reporter at the pitchfork, germantown high
school's student newspaper, said many of the students at her school
think that the cancellation has a lot to do with the fact that ray and
saliers are lesbians. "every single class i've gone to today, the
topic of discussion has been the indigo girls," fort said. "some
people think it is because they're lesbians. some people think it's
because of the incident in georgia. everyone has their own theories."

fort, a fan of the indigo girls, said she thinks that if principal
chism canceled the concert due to that lyric in "shame on you," he made
a mistake. "that one lyric isn't at all indicative of their work," she

meanwhile, students at irmo high school will be protesting the
cancellation of the indigo girls' performance at their school by
staging a walk-out. jane rish, spokeswoman for school district 5 board
of education, which is home to the 1,800-student irmo high, said the
students are distributing flyers stating that the walk-out will occur
at 8:45 a.m. on thursday, the day the indigo girls were scheduled to

national gay and lesbian task force spokeswoman tracey conaty is also
skeptical of chism's explanation for the cancellation. "we have to
accept it at face value," she explained. "but if he had concerns about
the girls singing those lyrics, you would think he would have expressed
those concerns. not to have any dialogue seems a little dubious."

in a statement released thursday, saliers said she felt that the
cancellations were a clear case of discrimination.

"we are saddened and angry to hear that our show at irmo high school
has been canceled," saliers said. "it is a blatant case of homophobia.
the show was canceled because we are gay."

elizabeth glenn, 17, pitchfork assistant editor, however, backs
principal chism and said he was just doing his job. "in our newspaper,
they have a lot of control over what we put out because they have to
watch what the students are exposed to," glenn explained. "it's not at
all a matter of politics. it's a matter of making sure germantown is
not exposed to anyone promoting bad language."

indigo girls manager russell carter, who had not yet officially heard
from principal chism, said that he was disappointed by the
cancellation. he also said the students of germantown high school
should look to the media if they want someone to blame for the
cancellation. "we probably have you guys to thank for that," carter
said. "he probably keeps getting calls from you and thinks there is
going to be some sort of problem."

carter also said that the indigo girls were still working on putting
together a free concert at an undisclosed location on thursday to make
up for the cancellation at irmo high school.

the tour was to stop friday (may 1) in atlanta at the midtown music
fest and then play river stages in nashville, tenn., on sunday before
hitting franklin high school in franklin, tenn., on monday and
farragut high school in knoxville, tenn., on wednesday.

for students, staff and administrators in irmo, this has been an
exciting couple of days. "we're coming off a very long week," said
karen flowers, advisor for the stinger, irmo high school's student
newspaper. "it's the day before prom and this just happened a couple of
days ago," flowers explained friday (may 1), "so it's been quite hectic
around here."

- -- randy reiss:
[ fri., may 1, 7:17 pm pdt ]

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= sherlyn koo - =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
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