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Californian Pop band The Morning Benders change their name through fear of offending gay fans

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  1. I’d be a lot more interested in seeing the if they were called the morning benders!!

    Political correctness gone mad!

  2. Context, my friends. Context. They didn’t mean any insult so I take none… its a shame they felt the need to change their name but I can understand and appreciate the respect given to us a community by doing so.

    1. And the massive publicity boost they have received on the back of it :)

  3. I agree. I’d go and see the Morning Benders. Pop ETC sounds bland. Were the Queers actually gay? I’m not sure they were. But they were calling themselves that name for the right reasons so it’s not important.

  4. If they hadn’t have changed their name they could have changed their music and started playing queecore! What does a morning bender mean to an American? Is it like going on a bender in the morning?

  5. What a shame. A pretty cool name; morning bender. If I hadn’t read this; as a ‘bender’ myself…I would have equated ‘morning bender’, with some kind of drinking reference – not an attempt to upset gay people.

    I also think, many Americans are very wary of upsetting/offending gay people, in the context of discrimination and bigotry that exists in many sections of American society; particularly mainstream politics.

    We occasionally moan about your rights being occasionally curtailed (gay marriage is fully legal here; full legal equality with breeders – in all but name – and that’s about to change). Spare a thought for American cousins; who may well endup with a President who makes the Pope look like a moderate liberal.

  6. how about correcting that headline?

    morning Benders are “Californian”.. not “Canadian”. We understand that to you Brits, Canada, US, it’s all one big blob on the other side of the blue part of the map. But California is not in Canada.

    Canada is a country.

    California is a State in the U.S.

    The U.S. is a different country.

    1. Wow. Talk about rage from a mistake. Its nice to know how low your opinion of the British people is.

    2. Come on PN. How hard is it to proof read these stories.

    3. David Wainwright 27 Mar 2012, 2:25pm

      Of course if Canadians and north americans in general were not so lazy with language then Canada would be Canadia and Florida; Floridia. After all it is Caledonia and not Caledona :)

    4. W-H-A-T-E-V-E-R….!

      An American lecturing Brits on geography….please!

      Most Americans couldn’t find their own arses with both hands! x

  7. The band are from California, which is in the U.S, yet the author says they’re Canadian in the heading. Great job:P

  8. Good job mates for changing your name. Many of you know that the Christian movement in the US is trying to push their anti-gay agenda by using black propaganda to make LGBT people look bad and name calling is what the Christians teach their children to do to attack LGBT people. Proof the Christians are using psychological warfare and operations to try to destroy gays, young and old.

    1. Staircase2 27 Mar 2012, 3:07pm

      How is that relevant? (even though true…)

      Using the original name gives them a chance (if they have the bottle….(balls)…) to stand up to that

      But to do that means they have to be very sure of their own sexuality and understand the issues – something which, if they’re all str8 (or ostensibly str8) they may not be up to doing…

  9. i quite like the name The morning benders. makes them sound hardcore party goers. maybe binge eating croissants lol. i never took offense at the name but can understand why they changed it. respect to them for thining of others :)

  10. In America a bender is when one goes on a drinking rampage. For example I know a few alcoholics who have gone on week long benders. I’m assuming that that the members in this band party so late into the evening that it becomes morning.

    1. Staircase2 27 Mar 2012, 3:05pm

      It also means that in the UK too…

  11. David Wainwright 27 Mar 2012, 2:22pm

    Personally I find the name “The Morning Benders” a very good name and have no confusion as to its meaning or intent , don’t see the problem with it at all , how sad they changed a good name .

  12. Staircase2 27 Mar 2012, 3:00pm

    I really think you should change the name back! The Morning Benders is a FAR ore interesting name than Pop Etc – which sounds like some crap 90’s girl group as envisaged by Louis Walsch…

    I think the band is being daft…

    They need to spend some time in London around other UK indie bands to understand how shock is often used both in names and lyrics to promote response and stimulate ideas…

    Aside from anything else, if they really care about the LGBT community they should keep the original name and use it to stir debate…!

    Long live The Morning Benders!

  13. Staircase2 27 Mar 2012, 3:04pm

    Of course this also all stems from US ‘ewwness’ about the word ‘fag’ (which of course means nothing to UK people at all aside from a slang term for a cigarette)…

    Bender really doesn’t have the same sting it did say 20 years ago…

    Of course ‘going on a bender’ also means going out to get drunk…

    This stems more from their inability to navigate the questions (as yet) than it does about the (supposed) offensiveness of the name…

    Its called ‘Say it loud Say it proud’, boys…

  14. If they were a British band then of course they should have a name which is not *insulting* to a group of people in Britian.
    Since I am a DJ in America and I have never heard of them…….I don’t think it matters what their name is here in America. If they have dreams of being big in England, then more power to their name change.

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