World’s Cutest Feud: Kids Singer Raffi vs New Pornographers Over PG-13 Band Name

Canada’s biggest beef since Louis Riel versus Prime Minister John Macdonald was over the word “porn”

Enduring Canadian indie rock group The New Pornographers have plenty of fans among their music industry peers, but one of the most successful children’s entertainers of all time isn’t among them — at least when it comes to their name.

Fellow Canadian Raffi, the singer-songwriter known to generations of kids for tracks like “Baby Beluga” and “Bananaphone,” decided on Tuesday to offer his opinion of the group’s name after they appeared on Minneapolis radio station 893 The Current. “Strongly object to that name,” Raffi tweeted, adding that he considers it “as bad as ‘food p**n’ etc.”

He later added that his objection is to normalizing the word, urging followers to “consider youngsters.”

That’s when The New Pornographers’ leader A.C. Newman entered the scene and the beef escalated… in the funniest possible way.

Ouch! Except what if the opposite.

That’s cold like a Canadian winter, A.C.

From there, Newman kept the beef going for the better part of the day, even bringing his son up in the discussion.

 

 

Then came the coup de gras, when Newman dug up a skeleton from Raffi’s closet

 

That seemed to cool things off somewhat, or maybe it’s just a coincidence.

Did this mean the beef was over? Yes indeed. And to prove it, on Wednesday Raffi provided a statement to Pitchfork in which he apologized to the band and explained what happened. “In a fleeting moment I reacted t a word, which I wrote about in my book ‘lightweb Darkweb.’ My Tweet was without context, on a gig night,” Raffi said. “Not cool. I apologize, Meant no disrespect to the band, its music, or its fans. RC.”

And so it was Newman backed down as well.

And in doing so, he proved he might have been kidding when he claimed not to be familiar with Raffi’s music.

Wise words. The important thing is that at last, all is well again between two of Canada’s biggest musical exports.