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Mary Whitehouse dies
mary whitehouseEnglish conservative referred to on Pink Floyd's "Animals" album

Broadcasting standards watchdog Mary Whitehouse, who spent 30 years campaigning for morals in broadcasting, died on Friday, Nov. 23. She was 91.

Whitehouse founded the Clean Up TV Campaign in 1964. Shortly thereafter, it became the National Viewers' and Listeners' Association (NVLA), which Whitehouse oversaw as president until 1994. She had lived at the Abberton Manor Nursing Home in Colchester, Essex, since 1999.

Whitehouse's conservative views made her a lightning rod for those who opposed censorship.

Roger Waters referred to her in "Pigs (Three Different Ones)," on Pink Floyd's 1977 "Animals" album:

Hey you, Whitehouse
Ha ha charade you are
You house proud town mouse
Ha ha charade you are

You're trying to keep our feelings off the street
You're nearly a real treat
All tight lips and cold feet
And do you feel abused?

You gotta stem the evil tide
And keep it all on the inside
Mary you're nearly a treat
Mary you're nearly a treat
But you're really a cry

© 1977 Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd.

(Posted: Nov. 25, 2001)


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