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Controversial Songs

There have been various examples of performers being forced to bear political or open rage because of the sort of melodies that they sang. Presently, large portions of the circumstances what those Bass player needed may have been to quite recently express their solidarity with a specific questionable cause, or to demonstrate their dispute through their music. In any case, the occasions of vocalists and groups which have toyed with contention because of the dubious way of the melodies that they sang is beyond any reasonable amount to fit in one article. Here, in our present piece, we will relate two of these prominent cases and attempt to reach a few determinations.

Pussy Riot

The Pussy Riot case has obviously turned into the encapsulation of exactly how receptive governments can be with regards to dealing with dissidents. The huge discussion began when five individual from this gathering, who were all wearing covers, played out a melody titled “Sacred S@#t” at the holy place of a house of prayer in Moscow. The band’s music echoes it dynamic go up against issues like the right to speak freely and expression, sexual orientation fairness, restricting of assents and so forth. The Moscow execution advanced toward the World Wide Web and what took after was an obscure of open and political objection both for and against Pussy Riot.

Three suspected members of the band were arrested and after a trial which was hugely publicised internationally, convicted of hooliganism and sentenced to prison for a term of two years each. Their supporters include some of the biggest names in music industry like Red Hot Chili Peppers and actor and activist like Angelina Jolie.

The controversy refuses to die yet with groups from all across the world coming together to under “Free Pussy Riot” banner. However, their song/prayer was taken by a lot of conservative and orthodox people as a very grievous insult to their faiths and beliefs.

The Pussy Riot controversy is a perfect example of how clashes happen when the beliefs and comfort of the old world are mashed against the emerging flow of freedom and liberty that progressive groups propagate. Religion and sexuality have to be the two biggest taboos in anything, be it politics or entertainment industry. Pussy riot took these elements and seem to have flung their modern take on archaic thoughts right in the face of the church, quite literally. It remains to be seen how this controversy would end: with the victory of these feisty punk rockers, or with the rigid keepers of Russia’s criminal code.

  • Psy

This instance of controversy is not as severe as the previous one but it does warrant a discussion on account of it being at the receiving end of a lot of publicity. Psy became an international phenomenon after his surprising hit “Gagnam style”. He captured YouTube with his prancing horse dancing and then America followed horsing along with Psy.

Controversy stuck when reports of Psy’s Anti America protest song surfaced. It turns out that before becoming the Psy that America loves, the South Korean rapper had belted out anti America songs nearly 10 years ago in the aftermath of the death of two Korean school girls in an incident involving the American military.

As soon as the videos surface, of course, there was much criticism but Psy managed to deftly issue an apology to America. It is also now surmised that the controversy might have resulted due to some very poor translation of the original lyrics.

That is the irony of technology. In these modern times, when everyone is constantly tweeting about their lives and uploading videos, most people manage to build themselves a history that is available on the internet, to be at the disposal of whoever wants to view them. This might be both wonderful and horrible at the same time. Psy captures both ends of the debate. Where YouTube contributed to his success with his viral video, it also showed the world a slice of his life that he might have preferred to keep under wraps, assuming that the songs indeed were anti America rants.

Nothing remains buried in the past anymore. Therefore singers aligning themselves with controversial issues that provoke negative sentiments or are seen as being hateful and discord inciting, by the listening public must know that their choices are going to come back to face them again in the future too. So they better be really into what they propagate or express through their music.

So, from the two instances above, we can state in somewhat general terms that, politics and religion happen to be two issues that stir the most controversy. The musicians who want to stay away from controversy might want to stay away from these kinds of songs. Again, when it comes to things like national anthems, or songs which are close to the sentiment of nationalism, musicians should tread carefully so as not to hurt sentiments by coming some error in judgement or treatment of the song at hand. For example, whereas a nation might appreciate a new rendition of its national anthem by one of its favourite singer, the same action might be deemed offensive when done by a foreigner or someone else. Again, while singing religious or political songs, the location and timings are crucial aspects. What is required on the part of musicians is sensitivity, both towards their audience and towards the people they might want to avoid provoking.

Songs about drugs and sex or promiscuity can quickly escalate into controversy. So these gain are areas where musicians should tread carefully.

Some wise man said that we are supposed to take a lesson out of everything that we encounter in life. So what exactly do we take along with us after this article? Maybe there would be no unanimous conclusion when it comes to singing controversial songs. Great artists have always created the kind of music that they, as musicians wanted to. So, maybe the conclusion is to be true to ourselves. If musicians really believe in a cause and have faith enough in their own music, and they know that they are not being unjustified and irrational, then they should go forward and sing the song that they want to sing. Of course, as long as they are prepared for the consequences that follows. But being anti social or disrespectful towards whole nations or gender or race is completely unacceptable. Being a musician is a rare gift and being a successful musician is even rarer. It is better to use all that influence and musical prowess in helping to motivate people and protesting wrong doings rather than indulging in salacious lyrical battles with people who might be ill equipped to fight back or make someone shut up.