Michigan College Cancels New Pornographers Show Because It Doesn't Want To Promote Porn By Association

Anyone who has ever listened to the songs of Canadian power pop supergroup The New Pornographers is aware the band is strictly PG. And the folks at Calvin College in Michigan are aware of this fact. But that still hasn’t stopped them from pulling the plug on the band’s scheduled show for fear that their school be associated with the word “pornographers.”

From a statement released by the college:

After weeks of discussion and consideration, the irony of the band’s name was impossible to explain to many. The band’s name, to some, is mistakenly associated with pornography. Consequently, Calvin, to some, was mistakenly associated with pornography. Neither the college nor the band endorses pornography….

We regret the message we have sent to the band and their fans with this cancellation… We have been in contact with the band to explain this regret and the breakdown in our own processes that led us to first invite them and then withdraw that invitation. Calvin College remains committed to the difficult, yet important work at faithfully engaging popular culture.

So long as said popular culture doesn’t contain a word that describes something that some people find offensive.

Calvin College cancels The New Pornographers concert because of the band’s name [Grand Rapids Press via AVclub.com]