Sunday, 18 October 2009
JAMES McMILLAN-COMPOSER OR HALF-WIT?
James McMillan, the composer, has denounced the “cult” of Robert Burns, claiming that Burns suppers are parodies of the Catholic mass.
Writing in Celtic Minded 3, a collection of essays about the culture and politics of Celtic football club, he claims that Burns suppers are a deliberate mockery of the rituals of Catholicism.
“The Ayrshire Burns supper is unmistakably a parody mass,” he writes.
McMillan said he was delighted to be invited to an alternative Burns supper in honour of the late Celtic player Tommy Burns.
“There were no interminable immortal memories, no misogynistic Address to the Lassies ... no dodgy handshakes and no narrow definition of what it means to be Scottish,” he writes.
Margaret Morrall, president of the Ayr Burns Club, dismissed the criticism: when people cut a cake at weddings and birthdays is that a parody of the mass too?” "McMillan can FUCK OFF as usual he IS TALKING SHITE". "He'd be lucky to be invited to a FISH SUPPER never mind a FUCKING BURNS SUPPER"!