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News: Heavy Load release The Ting Tings ‘That’s Not My Name’

8 June 2011

Heavy Load have released a new version of The Ting Tings No.1 hit ‘That’s Not My Name’ to coincide with Learning Disability week (20th – 26th June ’11) which this year focuses on the issue of Disability Hate Crime.

Over the past year there have been some high profile cases of words associated with ‘Hate Crime’ being used on prime time TV by well known celebrities such as Davina McCall and Vinnie Jones (Celebrity Big Brother) and comedian Frankie Boyle. This demonstrates that hurtful words have been absorbed into British culture and their use in the mainstream media is totally unacceptable.

Heavy Load have chosen ‘That’s Not My Name’ to raise awareness amongst people with learning disabilities that being abused verbally is a crime, and can’t be tolerated, even if they’ve become used to it.

Heavy Load hope their high profile in learning disability circles will not only help raise awareness of the Hate Crime campaign but also empower people with learning disabilities to know if 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.”

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