The Paul Henry of the 70s

It is amazing what upsets people. Check out this famous clip that got Bill Grundy banned for two weeks. Ironically it was the Grundy incident that catapulted the Sex Pistols into stardom along with Siouxie Sioux.

Although the programme was broadcast only in the London region, the ensuing furore occupied the tabloid newspapers for days. The?Daily Mirror famously ran the headline “The Filth and the Fury!”; other papers such as the?Daily Express (“Fury at Filthy TV Chat”) and the?Daily Telegraph (“4-Letter Words Rock TV”) followed suit.?Thames Television suspended Grundy, and though he was later reinstated, the interview effectively ended his career.

The episode made the band household names throughout the country and brought punk into mainstream awareness.

The parallels are amazing. Utter outrage at telling or showing things as they are. Paul Henry is likewise pilloried. Even the headlines from the time.

The Filth and the Fury

This is the front page of the 2 December 1976 edition of the Daily Mirror newspaper, featuring the Sex Pistols and the famous headline "The Filth and the Fury!"

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