Here is the group’s announcement:
- “Antebellum” means, literally, “before the war.” Any war. The Trojan War. In the U.S. is most often used to refer to styles, often architecture, “occurring or existing before” the Civil War.
- The term does not refer to slavery, nor does it evoke slavery, unless one is unhealthily obsessed with slavery.
- Writer Noah Berlatsky tweeted, “Lady Antebellum just dropped Antebellum from their name. No one wants to be associated with racism anymore, not even country musicians. It’s really something.” Yeah, Noah, it’s really, really stupid. I guess the next step will be to try to ban the dates from 1619 to 1865.
- Hey! This gives U.S streaming services another excuse to ban that “Fawlty Towers” episode! “Don’t talk about the war!”
- I don’t know where the dumb idea came from that using the first initial of a word in place of the word magically makes that word mean something else. “F-word” still means “fuck.” The “K” in KFC still stands for “Kentucky.” U.S. still means “United States.” What does the “A” in “Lady A” stand for? I’m stumped!
- I guess Dixieland bands will soon be calling themselves “D-Bands.”
History teaches us that some cultures become too stupid to exist, and this phobia about a rich, complex, fascinating and conflicted historical period is an ominous sign.
I’m going to sit back, sip a Mint Julip, and watch “Gettysburg” now, but first, here’s my all time favorite rendition of one of my all-time favorite songs, memorialized here before its banned: