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Sarah Mancuso

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So he bullied classmates with disabilities and said to two different magazines in 1994 and 1995 that he did not feel remorse.

How that makes him unqualified to compose music for the Olympics more than 25 years later beats me. People change and 25 years is a long, long time!
“Bullying” is a very vague understatement in this case. He fed a mentally handicapped kid feces, forced him to masturbate in public, and more things I won’t list here, and said he felt no remorse for it. I think I’ll be fine not having to hear his music.
 

Henrik B. Jensen

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“Bullying” is a very vague understatement in this case. He fed a mentally handicapped kid feces, forced him to masturbate in public, and more things I won’t list here, and said he felt no remorse for it. I think I’ll be fine not having to hear his music.
Good grief! Then I understand better. The article just said bullying without specifying.
 
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“Bullying” is a very vague understatement in this case. He fed a mentally handicapped kid feces, forced him to masturbate in public, and more things I won’t list here, and said he felt no remorse for it. I think I’ll be fine not having to hear his music.
OMG - yeah the article merely mentioned "bullying" -- what he did was torture
 

ok_tan

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“Bullying” is a very vague understatement in this case. He fed a mentally handicapped kid feces, forced him to masturbate in public, and more things I won’t list here, and said he felt no remorse for it. I think I’ll be fine not having to hear his music.
Source please?
 

Markrs

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“Bullying” is a very vague understatement in this case. He fed a mentally handicapped kid feces, forced him to masturbate in public, and more things I won’t list here, and said he felt no remorse for it. I think I’ll be fine not having to hear his music.
That is awful. If you do things like that it really doesn't matter how long ago it was, I don't want to hear that person's music
 

MaxOctane

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Oh no!! When I read this post earlier today, the name Keigo Oyamada did not ring any bells. But I just saw his picture... it's Cornelius! I love Cornelius.

Well, I can't find any actual mentions of the feces/etc in news articles, so I'll console myself with the thought that maybe it was exaggerated and he's not a sociopath.
 

MaxOctane

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Thanks, but honestly from this article, it sounds like Keigo failed today's purity test. I mean, in the very article where the offenses are detailed (which were mean but not... extreme) he apologizes for his actions. He apologized 25 years ago, but someone found that apology and now he's cancelled.

In an interview that appeared in a January 1994 music magazine, Oyamada talked about his upbringing and mentioned how he bullied classmates.

Oyamada was also an interview guest in a book published in August 1995. In that interview, he mentioned rolling a classmate up in a mattress and trapping another inside a cardboard box. He also said he made fun of a disabled individual running a long-distance race.

In the interview, Oyamada reflected that he did not regard himself as a bully at the time but later realized his actions were terrible.
 

Markrs

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Thanks, but honestly from this article, it sounds like Keigo failed today's purity test. I mean, in the very article where the offenses are detailed (which were mean but not... extreme) he apologizes for his actions. He apologized 25 years ago, but someone found that apology and now he's cancelled.
I suppose everyone has a view on what is extreme but he admitted to what was mentioned by @Sarah Mancuso and in the Guardian article. For me that is pretty extreme stuff.

“Bullying” is a very vague understatement in this case. He fed a mentally handicapped kid feces, forced him to masturbate in public, and more things I won’t list here, and said he felt no remorse for it. I think I’ll be fine not having to hear his music.
 

MaxOctane

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I suppose everyone has a view on what is extreme but he admitted to what was mentioned by @Sarah Mancuso and in the Guardian article. For me that is pretty extreme stuff.

Oh, yuck, I see the details now in the Guardian article. Nasty stuff.

The other articles, which I commented was not really extreme, only said that he held a classmate inside a cardboard box and inside a mattress, which is hardly psychotic behavior.
 

rgames

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That is awful. If you do things like that it really doesn't matter how long ago it was, I don't want to hear that person's music
Tough call.

Go read some of Mozart's letters. And check out the titles to some of his lesser-known works.

Also read some of Wagner's writings about Jews (ever notice Israeli orchestras never program Wagner?).

Some people get a pass. Some don't. Seems to be random.

rgames
 

Snoobydoobydoo

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Tough call.

Go read some of Mozart's letters. And check out the titles to some of his lesser-known works.

Also read some of Wagner's writings about Jews (ever notice Israeli orchestras never program Wagner?).

Some people get a pass. Some don't. Seems to be random.

rgames
Too many hits with a stick on the fingers made little mozart a pervy boy?

Bullying is tough in schools, always was and always hits the weakest ones. In Japan it’s even a notch up, it’s just not spoken about.
 

Markrs

Complete Beginner
Tough call.

Go read some of Mozart's letters. And check out the titles to some of his lesser-known works.

Also read some of Wagner's writings about Jews (ever notice Israeli orchestras never program Wagner?).

Some people get a pass. Some don't. Seems to be random.

rgames
I think it is just a personal decision, I wouldn't speak for anyone else as you are right, where do you draw lines, how much do you factor in someone's past, when looking at them in the present. In the case off historical figures do you factor modern beliefs which were different from those when the composer was alive. Each to their own.

For me on a personal basis this was beyond where my line on the sand is.
 
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