For all you Jim Schutze fans out there, the Observer columnist makes a rare foray into gay-related subject matter in this week’s cover story about Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway. Schutze starts out the story talking about Caraway’s campaign against sagging pants. As previously reported in Dallas Voice, Caraway has been criticized for the campaign’s use of a song by Duncanville rapper Dooney Da Priest, “Pull Yo Pants Up,” that contains homophobic lyrics.
Some of the homophobic lyrics were supposed to be edited out of the song, but during a morning show on Channel 8 in February, the original version was played, prompting one of Caraway’s constituents to call and complain.
Here is Schutze’s description of Caraway’s response to the constituent:
“He gives her a complicated but useful explanation of lip-synching, the editing of CDs, confusion about which version was to be played by the engineer at WFAA. In the end, she is mollified.“
I realize the controversy involving the lyrics is not the point of Schutze’s story, which I haven’t even read in its entirety yet. But I gotta say, while Caraway’s response may have worked with the constituent, it sounds to me like a bunch of bullshit.
UPDATE: Finally made it to the end of Schutze’s story. I didn’t read it word for word, but I do feel somewhat vindicated. At the end, Schutze is talking about how on some level, Caraway is genuinely committed to improving his community. And perhaps Jim is referring to the above quote when he calls bullshit in the last paragraph (I knew Schutze wasn’t going to let that slide):
“There definitely is a Dwaine Caraway Show. It’s interesting . It’s complicated. Some of it is total bullshit. But that part was not.”
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