Does Bootylicious Deserve to be banned? The Double Standard Argument
Tati Mangi PNG’s latest single “Bootylicious” has been banned by Minister for Religion, Youth and Community Development, Delilah Gore. According to Loop PNG, the imposition came after the music video came to the attention of the Censorship Board. However, in the absence of a board was forwarded to the minister for deliberation.
But did it really deserved to be banned?
Chief Censor, Seven Mala said the decision to ban the video came on the grounds that it was culturally inappropriate, degraded women and against Christian principles.
“We are here to encourage the music industry grow and be creative but artists have to bear in mind that we have cultures that need to be protected. We are also a Christian country and women have to be respected. In the case of this music video, the lyrics are too seductive and suggestive”
– Steven Mala, Chief Sensor
Mala has also met with the producers of the video and have advised them to edit it and appeal under the Citizens’ Right Act. However, the artist Tati Mangi PNG is not taking this lying down.
We call ourselves a Christian county, we stress on gender equality and talk about being culturally appropriate while our radio stations have been airing opposite content for years.”
– Tati Mangi PNG, musician
He said songs like Sex on the Beach by T-Spoon, Sweat by Inner Circle and Bad Touch by the Bloodhound Gang were being played on the airways for years. He said it was unfair for international explicit content to be air freely while local artists were barred from talking openly about sex – a cultural taboo.
He called it double standards.
Tati has also called for Minister Gore to provide a platform for artists. He said there was no direction at the moment and without help, the artists are coming up with anything.
So what do you think? Does Tati Mangi PNG’s Bootylicious deserve to be banned?