Vancouver-based indie rockers The New Pornographers have been a fixture on the Canadian music scene since the late 1990s, and recently released their 10th album, “Whiteout Conditions”.
Despite the band’s longevity, the band has finally found its way onto the radar of beloved children’s entertainer Raffi — who apparently finds their name to be offensive, and took to Twitter to share his view.
“Strongly object to that name,” he wrote. “As bad as ‘food p**n etc.”
When one of his Twitter followers attempted to be the voice of reason by pointing out that the term “porn” doesn’t necessarily refer only to actual pornography but to “fetishizing,” adding that it’s “hardly offensive for a band name,” Raffi agreed to disagree.
Porn, he contended, is “not a word to normalize in public conversation. Consider youngsters, etc.”
One person who holds a unique perspective on Raffi’s take is Carl Newman, who is both the front man of The New Pornographers and the father of one of those youngsters.
Newman responded in a series of tongue-in-cheek tweets about his five-year-old son’s response, joking about playing his son some Raffi tunes only to have the child remark: “Is this the man that hates Daddy?”
In his final tweets addressing the matter, Newman puts a sarcastic spin on Raffi’s remarks. “My son didn’t think our band name meant anything,” he writes. “Now he wants to know if I’m ‘a bad man.’ It breaks me in two.”