The festival's Vice President of Programming Jimmie Duhon made a request of The Mammals' Ruth Ungar that they consider not playing a particular song. Ungar stated she would consider not playing the song, but she would make no promises. That was the end of it. There was never any attempt to force nor coerce the band, and there was never any discussion about not letting the band perform. The request was made after the festival received many phone calls expressing objections to the political nature of the lyrics.
The festival is a community sponsored and supported event. Since our community is fortunately a diverse one, we would prefer it if bands stayed away from anything that speaks negatively about the political, as well as the religious and cultural beliefs held by any part of our community. In the words of Ungar, "If this experience encouraged people to think about free speech, that's good, but I'd rather everyone have a good time." That is our sentiment exactly. We just want everyone to have a good time, to come out and experience different cultures and forget their troubles for a while.
As for revising our artist contracts, I will not propose, nor support, any language that attempts to restrict the political content of lyrics or political comments of the artists. Nor do I believe a majority of the festival's 35-member board would support such attempts either. Any such language would have to be so vague that it would exclude just about every band in the world. The very idea of trying to do it is absurd.
The changes we will make in our artist contracts, and to which Executive Director Dana CaÃ±edo was referring, will be to state emphatically that the festival will not tolerate vulgar language, sexually explicit lyrics, hate mongering, nor the advocacy of violence. This festival is free and thereby implicitly invites all members of the community, including children, to come out. We have an obligation to those children and their parents. The festival is also held on publicly owned property, which obligates the festival to make certain that the public standards regarding obscenity and vulgarity are upheld.
I am quite certain that no one will ever call the ACLU, no one other than Scott Jordan that is, expressing concern for the Festival's stand on freedom of speech.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, March 06, 2014:
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.
A federal appeals panel ruled Monday that businesses don't have to prove that they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has closed Interstate 10 from I-49 in Lafayette to Seigen Lane in Baton Rouge.
Jim Bernhard, who engineered the sale of The Shaw Group for $3 billion, recently has told several people involved in Democratic politics that he intends to run for governor in 2015.
A New Orleans levee board wants to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for decades of damage to our state’s coastline, but the Legislature may be poised to put the kibosh on the suit.
New standards curb elective induction
CVS stops tobacco sales
If an Acadia Parish fiddler misses a note while swatting a fly, will a St. Martinville accordionist learn “Ma ‘Tite Fille”?
(It's good, it's bad and it's just crazy)
Can state lawmakers find the nerve — and the votes — to neuter payday lenders?
A calm demeanor has served Gerald Boudreaux well — in his career, passion for sports and in life. And it could be just what his district needs in the state Senate.
Acadiana Catholics* react to Francis
The circumstances surrounding the Jan. 26 fire of the 18,000-square-foot home on Verot School Road seemed strange, but what's even more bizarre is the back-story behind owner Ralph Wadleigh.
Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Feb. 28, 2014: