Hercules & Love Affair’s ‘My Offence’ Probes The C-Word: VIDEO


Hercules & Love Affair’s new video for “My Offence” dives face-first into the c-word in a documentary-music video hybrid that will offend, challenge and intrigue viewers.

The video’s YouTube page explains:

[The video] explores Andy Butler’s relationship to taboo words and the use of “c*nt" amongst NYC's gay community to relay flattery, empowerment and strength – in short a fierce display of femininity. After 13 years of living as a “Queen that lived in New York” Butler saw his own usage of the word engrained into his vocabulary. A move to German speaking Vienna prompted him to reflect on how subversive it really was, and sparked an exploration of it in a song…

Part music video, part documentary, prominent voices from New York’s art, music, literary and nightlife scenes including Kalup Linzy, Honey Dijon, Juliana Huxtable and Contessa Stuto discuss their relationship to the word over the dark, cathartic undertones of Butler’s bold electronic production…

Director Matt Lambert said, “I spoke to some of the people who appear in the video for over an hour. Each of them had a different answer and different relationship to the word ‘c*nt' as well as the appropriation and reclamation of profane language as a means of pushing culture forward. Language, especially when dealing with issues surrounding identity, defines people's realities whether they choose to embrace or ignore language.”

The video also has some incredibly fishy drag, some killer ballroom Voguing and some sweaty ladies strutting and working in true C U Next Tuesday style.

Naturally, attempts to reclaim the c-word (especially after The Onion applied it to nine-year-old, black, Oscar-winning actress Quvenzhané Wallis) have been met with mixed feelings. A powerful word, indeed.

Watch the video (warning: language) AFTER THE JUMP…



  1. Cake says

    I thought this was cute. It’s a word that is part of our culture, like it or not. If people can call each other male genitalia all the time then it follows that women should be treated equally, right? Isn’t that what feminism is all about?

    Regardless, good song and interesting video.

  2. Nora Charles says

    It is a word, but it carries far more psychological weight than all the slang for male genitalia, and denying that is facile at best and outright dishonest at worst.

    What is worth examining is the strength of people’s reactions when the insult refers to women’s genitalia, and why it packs such a punch. My take? Bald sexism. The worst thing you can call a person is the most intimate part of a woman’s body. Why is that? What is so horrific about womens’ bodies that even referring to a part of it is considered a vile insult?

    In any case, people who are not women are really not entitled to offer up opinions on “reclaiming” that particular word. Its not theirs to reclaim.

  3. says

    This “reclaiming” hate speech bullsh*t is absurd, and proof that ignorance is a saleable commodity. If you pick up a turd, you’re going to get sh*t on your fingers; it’s not going to turn into a gardenia just because you want it to.

  4. Epic says

    Americans and mostly women have a problem with this word, it airs on TV in both Britain and Australia broadcasts regularly; I don’t think I’ve ever heard it on prime time American TV that I can recall. It’s a culturally thing mostly and it doesn’t have the same meaning there that is does here…but here we are again on the slippery slope of banning words because of “reasons”. It’s all about someone’s intention, and the reason all of these “bad” are still in very common usage, some people get it, others see only black and white…le sigh.

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