I’m just gonna tell you right off the bat that I’ve had to sever all ties to Superfluity. Listening to you. Support you in any way, writing to you (until now, for a reason) or subscribing to the show at Radiothon. I still very much love 3RRR though. And I feel very sad, as I used to really enjoy the show. The odd song that came up that took me back to a time and place. Playing along, sometimes learning stuff. All tainted now.
It was the not reading of the Prince anniversary letter. As I see it, making you complicit in that kind of behaviour. It was a pertinent issue. It wasn’t meant to be political. Simply what I wanted to say to him. What I WOULD have said to him, had I had the chance. But by not reading it, you made it political, for me.
Look, the track from the alternate, adoring letter you chose to play, ‘Chelsea Rogers’.....seriously? A track that sums up his career in a befitting fashion? I could give you a better Prince track for every Kg of my body weight, or his, for that matter. Including the one I gave you. I feel it needs to include some ‘cussing’ (as Prince would say) like he wined and dined on for so long, then did a 180° on, telling all and sundry in his presence not too. Only to pay homage to the conundrum, I would say genius, he was. And also the unashamed, cringe worthy, female objectification that is Prince’s signature stamp, throughout his career.
It was a decent enough funk groove but I’m pretty sure anybody can tell Prince’s involvement on that track is more of a producer / casting agent. Even if he does have the writing credit (with The Revolution). I mean, if you were the best of the best funk muso’s and Prince asked you to come and play, wouldn’t you? Prince is actually credited with ‘all vocals and instruments, except where noted’ which goes on to credit pretty much everything you hear in the track except the funky guitar lick and a bit of spoken word and vocals that kind of gets lost in the mix. Haha, classic Prince.
You said ‘I didn’t spare him’ in the letter. Was I supposed to? Was I? Like you did? Like the courts did to, say, Anthony Lister? An artist I’d also admired before I found out he was a dick to everybody, regardless of gender, arrested and up multiple sexual abuse charges, including rape. All from women that somehow worked with him. He should be in jail and got off with a fine. Which was hushed up, by the way. Or like Scott Morrison did to the male employee of the Australian government accused of raping Brittany Higgins? Only backpedaling after he’d ‘had a talk with (his wife)’ and bringing his daughters into it. And all the stuff about the culture of misogyny in the ‘nation’s halls of power’ that came to light, after. And that’s only 2 of recently reported occurrences of here.
By ‘sparing’ people, we are not only complicit, we help perpetuate that toxic behaviour in the workplace. Using their power and position to hurt and abuse others. Telling them, ‘It’s ok, you’re an artist..., a politician...someone important’. Or is just ‘male’ enough to make it ok?
I’m just severely disappointed. You often talk about humanity and kindness. I guess huMANity. Not the trail of victims left behind. After all, in this case, Prince is an artist. Written some great songs. Famous. A legend. Probably very sensitive, being an artist, and all. But still, dead. So who are we really protecting here?
I’ve worked in creative industries for over 35 years and despite everything, nothing much has changed.
And it’s upsetting to me to find out people you look up to are not what you thought. I just call it as I see it. As one of his biggest fans. I wasn’t asking you to stop playing his music.
You already had one strike for playing Michael Jackson (well, Jackson 5) only weeks before. I reckon by reading the room, it’s clear that it’s pretty much a 3RRR no go policy with that guy.