15 year old American Mimi Groves, on getting her driving licence, took a 3 second video of herself, saying: I can drive, niggers. She didn't say I can drive, niggas, which is the spelling used by rappers and black chaps talking to other black chaps, in an allowed, ironic sort of way. I tried to find an unexpurgated video clip - but they have all been beeped over, however, you can determine the spelling from the lip movements. It's a triumphalist moment. It's not very nice. If she'd said: I can drive, fatties, or I can drive, spazzes, that wouldn't have been very nice, either. She was 15. That's young. 15 year olds are often intemperate and characterised by immature judgement.
- Was Mimi a racist?
- Was Jimmy spiteful or motivated by altruism?
- Why would the College authorities pay any mind, when the High School teachers didn't?
- Can you hear a Bandwagon? Or is that a Medicine Show?
- Why doesn't Mimi change her name and apply to Cambridge, or Luton?
Before he OD'd in Phil Spector's toilet, crazy-saint Lenny Bruce, well, he perfected the art of How to Talk Dirty and Influence People.
He was a profound influence, his raps accenting much of what appears here. I heard somebody say shagging, in a BBC play the other day, they meant fucking; contextually, fucking was the right word but they said shagging, shagging just wasn't right. It was a bit like when people of a certain age say Oh Shh --ugar, everybody knows they mean Oh Shit, everybody hears Oh Shit in their minds; the person who said Oh Shhh-ugar wants people to think Oh Shit without them having to say the filthy word in their nice clean mouths but nobody has actually said or heard Oh Shit, even though, in code, they have. Coded swearing, that is some fucked-up shit.
born 25 January 1949, he is an English performance poet, who first became famous as a "punk poet" in the late 1970s. mr ishmael was so moved by Evidently Chicken Town that he read the poem to the ishmaelings when they were about 14, and told them there are no dirty words. Just dirty minds and evil intentions. Here's an extract:
To fucking keep it fucking clean
The fucking chief’s a fucking swine
Who fucking draws a fucking line
At fucking fun and fucking games
The fucking kids he fucking blames
Are nowhere to be fucking found
mr ishmael again: