8 June 2011
Legendary punk rock combo Heavy Load released a new version of The Ting Ting’s No.1 hit ‘That’s Not My Name’ that coincided with Learning Disability week in June 2011.This release focused on the issue of Disability Hate Crime
Over the past several years there have been some high profile cases of words associated with ‘Hate Crime’ being used on prime time TV by well known celebrities. These have included Davina McCall, Vinnie Jones (Celebrity Big Brother) and comedian Frankie Boyle. This demonstrates that totally unacceptable, hurtful words continue to be absorbed into British culture through the mainstream media.
Heavy Load have chosen ‘That’s Not My Name’ to raise awareness amongst people with learning difficulties that being abused verbally is a crime, and can’t be tolerated, even if those people with learning difficulties have become used to it.
Heavy Load wanted their high profile in learning disability circles to not only help raise awareness of the Hate Crime campaign but also empower people with learning difficulties to act once they know that they are a victim of a ‘Hate Crime’
“They call me ‘crip’, they call me ‘retard’, they call me ‘spaz’, they call me ‘special’, that's not my name, that's not my name, that's not my name, that's not my name.”
The Sunday Times Style magazine have called Heavy Load “The most important punk band playing in the UK today”