Tim Minchin, The Pope Song, and offense.

Tim Minchin, The Pope Song, and offense. March 29, 2012

Christina here…

So, Tim Minchin performed The Pope Song at the National Mall, which has about a million people upset, because his song contained, er… a “few” expletives and said some bad things about the pope. The message of the song is clear from the lyrics, and is brilliantly written, in my opinion.





Of course, people don’t get it. Here’s one of many examples, an exchange on twitter.

Okay, so I can see an argument for not saying “fuck” an absurdly frequent number of times in a song played publicly at the National Mall – no matter what the message of the song. Freedom of speech is awesome, but perhaps some venues are more appropriate than others.  I don’t say “fuck” while working with one of my clients in their home (unless they do, then I might), for example. Maybe you don’t want your kids to hear that. Especially if they are at the perfect age to think “motherfucker” is an awesome name to call all of the other kids on the playground the next day at school.

The Pope Song is obviously about the pope, in case that wasn’t clear.

However, the actions of the Vatican, who made it a matter of public policy to protect and shelter child rapist priests while covering their actions is revolting, orders or magnitude more revolting than any repeated expletive should be.  So my response:



I don’t know what this tweeter means by his first sentence. As to the second – Who has more class, a guy who sings an expletive-laden song at the National Mall for all to hear, or a guy who fails to act against a known pedophile priest?   A guy who says, “fucking” frequently or a guy who allows a priest who molested boys to resume pastoral duties after therapy? A dude who calls the Pope’s hat “stupid”, or a guy who halts a secret church trial for a pedophile priest who admitted to molesting boys after that priest begs him?

The answer is clear to me: a guy cussing has much more class than a guy who cover for child rapists.

Sorry, but if you cover up the abuse of one single boy, you are, as Minchin put it:

If you cover for another motherfucker who’s a kiddie fucker
Fuck you you’re no better then the mother fucking rapist
And if you don’t like this swearing that this motherfucker forced from me
And reckon it shows moral or intellectual paucity
Then fuck you motherfucker, this is language one employs
When one is fucking cross about fuckers fucking boys

So, I say:

and Possum says:

Sorry, the Pope is still a worse guy.


Yes, and just because you can molest boys and have the Vatican shelter you, doesn’t mean you should, either. Which is my point, and which was the point of the song.

Even if I were a fucking idiot, I would be moral and ethical enough to know that raping children harms them far more than having them listen to a song with a whole lot of expletives. But perhaps I’m totally morally bankrupt, and don’t realize the lifelong psychologically damaging effect 80-ish utterances of the f-word in a 2 minute span can have on the growing mind of a child. Maybe The Pope Song does hurt more than a child being molested by the men his family taught him to trust, men who claim moral superiority over everyone else, men who must be obeyed due to their sanctity.

Maybe I don’t get it because I don’t have children. Maybe bad words are like invisible lightning bolts of evil, radiating through the child’s body and causing irreparable damage and turning them into atheists who will burn in hell, and I won’t find out about this big secret until I spawn.

Pedophiles in congress and Hollywood, when caught, go to jail. That’s the difference.

Also, Barney Frank did not rape any children… he’s gay. That means he fucks adult men.

I’m not a mother, but any organization engaged in the systematic cover up and protection of child abusers will be kept far, far away from my future children (should I decided to make some), and I cannot support such an organization in any capacity. I don’t understand anyone who would, especially after having had their trust in such an organization betrayed. Such an organization deserves nothing but contempt. I say that because I care about my fellow human beings.

p.s. I should mention that Possum and I continued our conversation for days on Twitter.

p.p.s. I love the sign language interpreter at the Reason Rally, flipping the bird to everyone.

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