Buddhist Violence, American Rappers and Sexy Bitches

It seems that Sri Lanka has refused to issue American R&B singer Akon a visa. Akon is slated to perform there in April, but after Buddhist activists took offense and began protesting one of his videos.

Hundreds of protesters stormed (really?) the head offices of the Maharaja Broadcasting and Television Network, the concert’s media sponsor, injuring four employees, smashing windows and damaging parked cars. The protesters said the video for Akon’s song Sexy Bitch, which features scantily clad women dancing in front of a statue of the Buddha, had offended members of Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese ethnic majority, which is mainly Buddhist.

 Anusha Palpita, director-general of the government’s Information Department, said last night:

“Taking into consideration the allegations levelled against the singer Akon, the government has decided not to issue him a visa to conduct the concert in Sri Lanka.”

“Apart from this particular controversial video clip, some of Akon’s lyrics are not suitable for public articulation”

When the main allegation against someone was that he “defamed Buddhism in his music videos”.  You really have to start wondering.  I would expect something akin to a viseo of Akon flinging feces at a statue of the Buddha or violently stating that he plans on repeatedly stabbing Buddhist monks for this sort of [over]reation.  And the statement that the lyrics are not for public consumption.  Well…why is the government making that decision?

 The incident illustrates the influence on the government of hardline Sinhalese nationalists, who have often used violence against those they consider to be offending Buddhism. In 2004, a hand grenade attack killed two people and wounded 19 at a concert by Shah Rukh Khan, the Bollywood star, in Sri Lanka. The attack was blamed on Sinhalese nationalists who were offended that the concert was being staged on the first anniversary of the death of a renowned Buddhist monk.

 

Full story here.

Cheers,

John

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7 thoughts on “Buddhist Violence, American Rappers and Sexy Bitches

  1. “In 2004, a hand grenade attack killed two people and wounded 19 at a concert by Shah Rukh Khan, the Bollywood star, in Sri Lanka. The attack was blamed on Sinhalese nationalists who were offended that the concert was being staged on the first anniversary of the death of a renowned Buddhist monk.”

    What. The. Fuck. A grenade? Over-react much?

  2. I do think they are taking this to far. I can understand being a little offended but this is a much I think.

    If I hear another autotune dependent artist ,i’m gonna snap!. What happened to music? What happened to hip hop and rap? It use to be so very good. Now you really have to look to find decent artist nowadays

  3. I would have to watch this video at least a dozen times to notice the statue of Buddha… anyone want to help me play “Where’s Buddha?”

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