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.
The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.