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Before political correctness…

Speaking of popular music, noted opera singer, Clarence Whitehill of the Metropolitan Opera Company, said in 1931:

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Imagine: he said that, and he was not pilloried, called a ‘bigot’, made to apologize, or driven from public life.

The comments appeared in an article in Radio Digest, titled ‘Why Not Prohibit Vocal Atrocities?’ Maybe his opinions were extreme by today’s PC standards but they were probably representative of the ‘highbrow’ section of the American public, which was larger then than now…

 

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