These people should be named and shamed

The Wellington City Council apologised to Sir Tim Rice after the word “Israel” vanished from song sheets featuring his famous lyrics. They then had to apologise for a second time today thanks to the petulance of the unnamed Artsplash organisers who dug the hole even deeper by removing three songs altogether!

It is bad enough that some Arab countries have removed Israel from the world maps that they teach to their children in school but now unnamed Artsplash organisers in Wellington have done something equally as disgusting. They removed the phrase “Children of Israel” from a song in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and replaced it with “Children of Kindness.” After complaints from both the public and Sir Tim Rice who wrote the musical’s lyrics they then doubled down and removed three songs from the programme.


Whoever is responsible should be named and shamed. They should not be allowed to get away with such blatant anti-Semitism. This is totally unacceptable behaviour. There is absolutely no reasonable justification for their behaviour. Shame on them and shame on the Wellington city council for giving them ratepayers’ money.


…The printed lyrics – with a modified version of Close Every Door from Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – were prepared for this year’s annual Wellington children’s festival, Artsplash.

In song sheets distributed to Wellington schools taking part in Artsplash, the phrase “Children of Israel” was changed to “Children of Kindness”.

In the Artsplash version of the lyrics for ‘Close Every Door’, the phrase ‘Children of Kindness’ replaces the original ‘Children of Israel’.

The alteration was highlighted on Twitter by Kate Dowling, who asked: “Why opt to do a Jewish-themed song then remove the Jewish-themed lyric?”

The tweet prompted a “please explain” response from Rice, who said on Friday “Permission [was] not given” for the change.

…Artsplash, held in September, is part-funded by Wellington City Council but council spokesman Richard MacLean said the council had no involvement in printing the lyrics and no idea why they had been changed.

That appeared to appease the multi-award-winning Englishman, who responded: “Many thanks. I greatly appreciate your generous and speedy correction.”

MacLean said the council “could only speculate as to why someone had decided that the word ‘Israel’ should be expunged” from the festival lyrics.

I am happy to speculate as to why anyone would think that it was a good idea to remove a reference to Israel. A) Because they are Palestinian B) Because they are Muslim C) Because they are a politically correct SJB who thinks it is cool and socially acceptable to hate Israel.

Artsplash Coordinator Mary Prichard said organisers made the decision to remove the word Israel to “keep life simple” at a festival for primary school children.

Simple? What on earth do the words Children of Israel make difficult? Are there already so many Israel haters in Wellington that the mere existence of the word Israel in a song makes life difficult? The removal of the word reveals a scary level of hatred and the person responsible should be vilified for their extreme prejudice.

But as a result of the complaints about the lyric changes, Artsplash had removed Close Every Door and two other Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat songs from its programme.

“It’s not worth going there. It’s not worth looking for trouble,” Prichard said.

That is a spiteful and over the top reaction. People complained about them butchering a song so they say well **** you then we will remove three songs altogether.

“We always look to have music that covers and looks after kids from all countries, from all backgrounds. It was decided that small change of one word would be made. It’s obviously gone down like a lead ballon.”

This will be the only time that a country has been removed from a song and it will be because in their sick and twisted  PC world they see Israel as a politically incorrect country. Imagine if references to specific countries were removed from songs to make them ” look after kids from all countries.” It is an unconvincing explanation to cover up hardcore prejudice.

…The Bible refers to Jacob’s name being changed to “Israel” so the lines in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – a musical about his life –were a literal reference to his children, Goodman said.

 – Stuff

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