Looking back over the past 12 months, it’s hard to describe my year as being anything other than eventful. Thank you to all my followers, readers and donors – your support has enabled me to continue the fight and remain strong in the face of ever-increasing adversity.
In the past, – asides those contracts on cruise ships where I entertained live audiences daily – my musical performances were more often than not part of some folk gathering or open mic session. Of course, most artists desire a live audience and such events were always enjoyable, giving me the opportunity to meet other musicians playing the local circuit in the North West and Derbyshire.
There’s no denying that I sometimes feel great sadness about having lost this part of my life. Many of those closest to me now are understandably concerned for my safety and believe that appearing at open mics elsewhere is simply not worth the risk.
Nevertheless, in 2017 I have performed in Canada, France, London, Warwick and Blackpool. Hopefully, following the outcome of my upcoming January trial, I will be freer to concentrate again on making contacts and be able to refamiliarise myself with folk music from the British Isles.
Above: in windy Blackpool before my appearance at Boadicea Events First Gathering in October.
In addition to national and international live audiences, my following on the Internet is steadily increasing – this despite every effort on the part of my detractors to stifle my artistic freedom of expression. After being banned from the supposedly radical Edinburgh Fringe and from Twitter in 2016, it is my YouTube channel which now appears to be the main target – a subject I have tackled several times already here on my blog.
Over the past month, I have uploaded nine videos – four of which deal with geopolitical issues and revisionism, another four songs, as well as a ‘test’ video which I uploaded with settings changed to private to see what would happen. All with the exception of my most recent clip uploaded yesterday have been blocked from view in countries which include the United Kingdom. Even the private ‘test’ video which has three views, all mine, has been censored!
Above: the aim here is to remove support from my channel, make it appear that my channel is inactive with no new content and remove view count, likes, as well as all the overwhelmingly positive comments which my videos invariably receive. (Screenshot from Video Manager where my list of uploads is still visible – not the case on my channel for viewers in blocked countries, including the UK).
YouTube claims to be basing this censorship on ‘local laws’, yet the banning of my private ‘test’ video (second from the top in the above screenshot) suggests that these bans are arbitrary and are implemented without review, irrespective of actual content. Nevertheless, there must be some human input from somewhere…
Are my censors in fact the real ‘Holocaust deniers’? Do they not see that censorship of my voice along with so many others bears sinister parallels with censorship of artists and academics during the early 20th century, enforced by a certain regime in power in Germany? How would the likes of composer Paul Hindemith today see the tyranny of such race laws, clearly intended to mute the opinions of those worried about loss of freedoms? – Freedoms supposedly guaranteed by insisting we learn the lessons of the past?
‘Racism,’ claim these Freedom Deniers, ‘begins with name-calling and then leads to the gas chambers at Auschwitz’. Yet these same deniers fail to understand that their own labels – neo-Nazi! anti-Semite! Holocaust denier! Jew hater! – are starting to completely undermine the whole ‘anti-racism’ agenda. Moreover, the very fact that most of what they claim is based on a huge lie and, that now they are obliged for financial and geopolitical reasons to defend this lie to the hilt, they continue to aim their fire directly at themselves and their own community. Imagine being so unlikeable that it is necessary to have laws in every country to stop people from hating you!
To their great chagrin, my detractors must now realise that they are responsible for making me famous with a private prosecution brought against me following dubious claims of my songs causing offence! Hence, the current pressing need of CAA cronies – in particular the two Steves, Silverman and Applebaum aka Bedlam and Nemo – to silence me at all costs. No wonder CAA chairman Gideon Falter who instigated my prosecution now seems to be losing favour among his own community’s hierarchy. In my opinion, Falter was severely misguided to listen to Ambrosine Shitrit after my 2015 quenelle salute and even more so in bringing this prosecution against me. We shall see in a fortnight’s time whether or not the judge agrees.
My most recent upload is, for the moment, still available everywhere. How long this will last is anybody’s guess. In fact, I had the idea a while ago to set to music the text of YouTube’s Notification of action taken on your video emails. What will the censors and my detractors be able to do with this short upload? If any humans are involved – and there will certainly be a few of those, teeth a-gnashing, claws hovering over the ‘flag’ button 24/7, – my use of the actual email text should at least cause some mild head-scratching. My letter to YouTube’s legal office is being drafted in my mind. I shall wait another day or two to see what happens with my latest opus.
After uploading to YouTube last night just after 9 pm GMT, I also uploaded the same clip to my Facebook, altered my settings to public (rather than friends only), and shared on my page. Just 16 hours after posting, I am glad to say that my Facebook version has over five times the number of views as on YouTube (tee hee!). This is the beauty of the Internet. As well as sending another quenelle to my accusers and YouTube KGB monitors, my video has been viewed by well over a thousand people. Few open mic artists of my generation could ever dream of such audience numbers in such a short space of time. I’ll be sure to keep my detractors busy over the coming days leading up to my trial.
Above: 1,000 views in 16 hours on Facebook. Below: just over 200 on YouTube
Of course, it’s easy to circumvent YouTube country block by simply changing your location on the YouTube home page or by visiting HookTube. It also seems – although I am not sure about this and will have to check (or perhaps someone could leave a comment letting me know, thanks in advance!) – that embedding a YouTube URL on WordPress may also beat the ban. You will find my latest video and two other most recent songs below – and if they don’t work, just go to HookTube instead. See link above.
Merry Christmas and a very happy and successful New Year to all.
Alison. X x