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Canada Gay Rights Boycott

The debate concerning homophobic lyrics being banned has been sparked once again by Canada. A Canadian coalition is calling for not only a boycott of Reggae music from the Canadian people but also for Canadians to stop visiting the Island of Jamaica. This move is being proposed to impact the Jamaican economy through lack of tourism and in turn force the government to step in and do something about the anti gay lyrics. Jamaican Dancehall artists have found their downloadable material being subjected to censorship. Entire albums which included songs with homophobic lyrics have been deleted from download sites. Sizzla, Buju Banton, Elephant Man and T.O.K are amongst the artists involved in the controversy.

Dancehall Artist Sizzla

Dancehall Artist Sizzla

April 12, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bribed Censorship

Senegalese Rapper Didier Awadi

Senegalese Rapper Didier Awadi

Rappers in Senegal are being offered financial rewards if they agree to sing positive lyrics about political life in the country. In contrast rappers who refuse to comply with this often find backdated tax bills emerging as well as death threats. Such threats are taken seriously with beatings being widespread in the country. In Senegal 70% of the population is under thirty years old so Hip Hop has a big audience amongst the Senegalese people. The Government as well as the musicians recognize this and its seems the battle between freedom of expression and corruption will continue amongst artists such as Didier Awadi and the Government.

April 7, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Youtube Blocked

Daniela Cicarelli

Daniela Cicarelli

In a bizarre twist of events Youtube was blocked in Brazil.  Brazilian supermodel and TV personality Daniela Cicarelli was filmed getting abit close to her boyfriend while on holiday in Spain, and naturally the clip ended up in Youtube. The case went to court and Youtube was ordered to get rid of the videos but every time one video was deleted another emerged. The video was collecting more hits than any other video in Brazil with views reaching into the millions. Youtube was later sued by the model Daniela and the judge ordered youtube to be banned in Brazil. Many waited to see whether the ban would actually happen and to the surprise of many it did. Youtube has however now been restored in Brazil and somewhat ironically Daniella appeared on Youtube to give viewers her side of the story. Many in Brazil and indeed throughout the world will be wondering if blocking Youtube was the right thing to do…

April 1, 2009 Posted by | censorship | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

If You Seek Britney

Cleverly Outrageous

Cleverly Outrageous

Britney Spears’ new single “If you seek Amy” has been censored for radio. The song seems to contain a subliminal like message within the line “If you seek Amy”.

If -F
You – U
Seek -C K
Amy – Me.

Undoubtedly the average five year old listening will just be wondering who is “Amy” and where they can find her,  but  the single has sparked much outrage (mainly amongst parents) with the song being described as; clever, outrageous and something along the lines of the end of the world. Many including Chris Crocker have rushed to Britney’s defence (surprise surprise) but Radiostations will only play the somewhat pitiful clean version, the explicit version is available on the album “Circus” as well as youtube of course.

March 2, 2009 Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments