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Monday, November 20, 1967

“I Am The Walrus” is banned by the BBC

Last updated on May 6, 2024

On this day in 1967, both BBC Television and BBC Radio banned The Beatles’ song “I Am The Walrus” due to the use of the word “knickers” in the line “Boy, you’ve been a naughty girl, you let your knickers down”. The ban was not publicly announced.

Earlier that year, in May 1967, the BBC banned another Beatles song, “A Day In The Life.” Though “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” raised questions due to its initials (LSD), it was never officially banned by the BBC.

Everyone keeps preaching that the best way is to be ‘open’ when writing for teenagers. Then when we do we get criticized. Surely the word ‘knickers’ can’t offend anyone. Shakespeare wrote words alot more naughtier than knickers!

Paul McCartney, 1967 – From Beatles Wiki – Interviews, Music, Beatles Quotes

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