Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Why was Jay Z not banned?

Slayer's new album Christ Illusion has been banned in India. Not only that, all stocks of the album have been recalled and destroyed. Honestly, I never cared much for Slayer. They are much too hard for my taste. But such a reaction to a music album seems a tad extreme, doesn't it? Well, not according to a certain Mr. Joseph Dias of Mumbai's Catholic Secular Forum, who claims that the album is "offensive and in very bad taste". Well, Mr. Dias, I think calling your organization Catholic Secular Forum is offensive and in bad taste. Nobody recalled your freedom of speech when you were protesting against the Da Vinci code, did they? Well, maybe they should have.

Elsewhere in the world, Jay Z has been barred from performing in China, because his music contains "vulgar language" and sexual overtones. Good heavens! What was Jay Z thinking? Did he imagine he could just waltz into China and start singing about sex? Just think what would happen if the Chinese populace actually learnt about sex.

But that is not even the point. What really gets my goat is why Jay Z wasn't banned in India. Sure he's not performing there, but one could still ban his albums. Recall them, destroy them. That sort of thing. Surely, if they can ban Slayer, they should ban Jay Z too. Or is it just religious sentiments that need protection? No, that can't be it. After all, there is a ban on hanky-panky on tv shows, isn't there? Maybe it's just that no one understands what Jay Z is singing about in the first place.

Whatever the case may be, I think the moral police have missed a trick here. They have lapsed ever so slightly in their thankless job of protecting the country from lewd and voyeuristic influences. I suggest therefore that we, as concerned citizens, write up a petition requesting the concerned authorities to take strict measures against such profane and immoral artists. With your help, we may still impose a ban on the licentious music of Jay Z.

Note: Sorry for the acerbic posts of late. It's been that kind of a week.
Another note: Normal service to resume after the Iron Maiden concert this weekend.

5 Comments:

At October 12, 2006 at 4:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

all this banning is so stupid.it just means that the government of those countries feel that their citizens are not smart enough to make their own decisins on whether something is offensive or not depending on personal preferences.thanks god for good democracy.simply allow the damn concert to continue,if u feel that there is too much "vulgar" (whatever thats supposed to mean because jay-z hasnt used that since "super ugly" which was not on any of his albums/some words he can easily replace the way he does for mtv/radio),u dont buy the ticket/wont attend.
anyway,he will prolly renegotiate with the chinese government because the cancellation is not really a done deal(check www.defjam.com).
kingdom come november 21st
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At October 12, 2006 at 1:54 PM, Blogger brijwhiz said...

we feel all this banning constrictin. But except for urban india no one here gives a damn - either for Slayer - or for Da Vinci Code.
Unluckily the banning actually just highlights fundamentalism and makes every one look narrowminded and fanatical.

 
At October 17, 2006 at 11:25 AM, Blogger Venky said...

Couldn't agree more with Brij. Its just urban India ... and a small sect of that too when it comes ot Slayer ;)
But yes the repurcussions of these actions are "national"

 
At October 19, 2006 at 1:50 PM, Blogger brijwhiz said...

the weekend is over mate

 
At October 21, 2006 at 11:07 PM, Blogger Raoul said...

And as you might have observed, 'normal service' has been resumed.

 

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