“There were also plenty of rumoured relationships with men, leading some fans to name Reed as the first “out” rock star.
But why bother remembering any of this when you can invent some outrage, in return for a little validation that your opinions are worth something?
That’s what students at the University of Guelph in Canada did last week when they issued an “apology” for playing “Walk on the Wild Side”, claiming the lyrics were “hurtful to our friends in the trans community”.
Obligated to explain exactly what about the lyrics was so offensive, they said the lyrics “appeared to be problematic” because they suggested trans people are “wild”. “