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“Canceling Beethoven is the latest woke madness for the classical-music world”writes Jonathan Tobin in the NY Post.
Roll over Beethoven!
After all, he was white and male and thus his music must represent European male values and exclusively so. Chinese females will now cease to listen to Chopin or play Schubert on the piano. That’s right, music theory itself is racist and we must fight it with racism.
Incongruously, it’s been suggested that Chinese orchestra members are over-represented and should be replaced along with white males of course. What? No, it’s not fascism or racism or bigotry when we do it. The end justifies the means, white boy, and the purpose of music is diversity, not the unifying force, the universal language it always has been.
That goes double for the last, powerful movement of the 9th symphony which we’re told represents the emotions of a frustrated rapist.
Let’s stop playing European Classical music. It’s racist. Article after article is appearing, arguing that Western music is racist, and by that logic, so must be the architecture and the technology and everything else. Let’s have a great big bonfire of the vanities and burn it all. Do these “historians” even remember Savonarola?
“But these are the days of advance, the works of the men of mind…”
…said, Tennyson. The works of men and so we must cancel it, ban it erase it and destroy it because the past is evil and the past is about white men and slavery. The Roman forum? Built by slaves and it’s gotta go, but we can keep the Pyramids – they weren’t.