We’ve all got a favourite Donna Summer record

SO long Donna Summer. We’ve all got a favourite Donna Summer record. Former Harrow East MP Tony McNulty obviously loved MacArthur Park as he quoted us the lyrics yesterday:

Who knew the ex-government minister had such a rare, stone-cold groove to him? McNulty is actually a politician who is worth following on Twitter, filling his timeline with a bit more of his daily life and opinions, rather than just greaseball praise for Labour colleagues.

I digress… because McNulty wasn’t the only one ‘taking to’ Twitter yesterday to mark the singer’s sad death. It turns out all over the world there were people mistaking her for Gloria Gaynor, the singer who of course made ‘I Will Survive’ famous. Summer may have sung the song a few times but it was clearly Gaynor’s big one.

Not only was planet earth wrong, it was made horrible by a wadge of deflating wordplay about the fact that Donna Summer had not survived as she had promised in Gloria Gaynor’s song. Double wrongness. I collected a list of the mayhem, thinking it was just brutos in the United States, only to find that are our very own Nic ‘Beatles Reunion’ Careem was adding to the confusion. Nic, close followers will know, was a long-serving Labour party man in Kentish Town, an organiser big on ideas who quit the group in some frustration and with many angry stories about what went on behind closed doors. He later joined the Conservatives.

Nic added later last night that he hadn’t followed Summer’s career so closely.

1 Comment on We’ve all got a favourite Donna Summer record

  1. My personal battle was when I posted some inoffensive remark on her death I had two tweeters extremely aggressively tell me she blamed aids on gay people – presumably meaning we shouldn’t care that she had died.

    I’m glad I didn’t just tweet-rage at them for being mean-spirited toads in the face of a human being’s death but looked up what they were talking about. It seems that there were allegations that she’d said this and she successfully sued the NYT over them, also making some very clear remarks that she had no problem with people being gay.

    Politely messaging these people back, with link, they were both happy to retract (and I think they’ve both deleted the tweets now, which I think is wise) but it still left a bitter taste in my mouth. To respond to someone’s death that you think they said something in the 80’s you don’t like seems uncharitable to say the least.

    To use it as a springboard to make a weak (inaccurate) pun falls into the same category.

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