Lou Reeds friends dismiss claim that Walk on the Wild Side is transphobic

Defense came after Canadian student body defended for injurious lyricals to the trans community after including the 1972 hit on a playlist at a campus event

Friends of the late Lou Reed greeted on Saturday with skepticism to a claim by a Canadian student torso that the singers 1972 hit Step on the Wild Side contains transphobic lyrics.

I dont know if Lou would be cracking up about this or weeping because its simply so stupid, the singers longtime creator, Hal Willner, told the Guardian. The ballad was a love ballad to all the people he knew and to New York City by a humanity who supported the community and the city his whole life.

The Guelph Central Student Association, a group at the University of Guelph in Ontario, apologised for including the ballad on a playlist at a campus event.

In an apology published to Facebook and subsequently removed, different groups answered: We now know the lyricals to this song are injurious to our friends in the trans community and marriage been in love unreservedly apologize for this error in judgement.

The lyricals in question focus on Reeds pals from Andy Warhols Factory, among them transgender superstars Holly Woodlawn and Candy Darling.

Holly came from Miami, FLA, Reed sings. Hitchhiked her path across the USA/ Plucked her eyebrows on the way/ Shaved her legs and then he was a she/ She adds, Hey, sister, take a walk on the wild side.

The Guelph student group promised to be more mindful in our music pick during any cases we regard and added: If “theres” students or members of the campus community who overheard the ballad in our playlist and were hurt by its inclusion and youd like to talk with us about it and how we can do better, we welcome that.

Attempts to reach the group for provide comments on Saturday were not immediately successful.

Walk on the Wild Side, by Lou Reed.

Jenni Muldaur, a friend of Reed who was also an periodic backup singer for him, said the groups objection was completely ridiculous.

Lou was open about his complete agreement of all beings of the night, she answered. Thats what that songs about. Everyone doing their event, taking a tread on the wild surface. I cant picture how anyone could conceive of that. The recording was calledTransformer. What do they think its about?

In a Rolling Stone review from the time, novelist Nick Tosches described the ballad as a laid-back, seedy pullulator about numerous New York noticeables and their ramiform homo escapades, interrupted eerily by the mottoes walk on the wild surface and and the colored daughters go toot-ta-doo, toot-ta-doo. Great personas of hustling, defensive blowjobs and someone scraping his legs while hitchhiking 1,500 miles from Miami to New York that fade-out into a baritone sax coda.

Willner, who recently completed a reissue of Reeds afterwards solo exertion, answered: This song was how the world first heard about these parties. Its a ballad about love. What else can you say? The students should be focusing their anger on other material and this isnt it.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ music/ 2017/ may/ 20/ lou-reed-walk-wild-side-transphobic-lyrics-canada

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