• Russia: Artistic freedom threatened by nationalist and orthodox groups

    While Russian president Vladimir Putin vowed in a meeting with film directors and artists in early December 2016 to protect artistic freedom, he also said artists carry a responsibility not to offend religious believers, saying “there is a very narrow divide between dangerous shock value and freedom of creativity”, reported The New York Times on […]
  • YouTube: Video banned for “sexual content” re-appears with disclaimer

    American rapper Mykki Blanco’s latest music video ‘Loner’ was taken down from YouTube on 2 December 2016 as it didn’t meet “community guidelines”; hours later the video was put back on the site, but now with a “content warning” and viewers need to sign in to confirm their age, reported Billboard on 2 December 2016. […]
  • USA: Christian music festival drops band due to gay singer

    Christian band Everyday Sunday was dropped from northern California Christian music festival Joshua Fest as 11 production staff threatened to walk out if the recently out lead singer of the band, Trey Pearson, took the stage, reported Billboard on 12 September 2016. Joshua Fest owner Aaron Diello said that his production manager told him that out […]
  • Russia: Music video censored for having same-sex kiss

    A video by the British electronic band Years and Years for its single ‘Desire’ has been censored in Russia by blurring out a scene wherein the lead singer kisses another man, reported British magazine Digital Spy on 11 June 2016. Russia has been making headlines over its laws on homosexuality, including a law proposed in […]
  • Kenya: LGBT music video banned

    The Kenyan Film and Classification Board banned Art Attack’s video for its remix of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ gay rights song ‘Same Love’ on the grounds that “it does not adhere to the morals of the country”, Kenyan newspaper The Star reported on 23 February 2016. Board chairman Ezekiel Mutua also said that the video […]
  • Singapore: Petition launched to ban singer from performing

    Over 20,000 “concerned citizens, parents and individuals” in Singapore have signed a petition to stop Adam Lambert from performing at the Countdown 2016 New Year’s Eve concert due to his “promotion of LGBT rights,” reported The Independent. The group petitioned both the government and concert organisers, MediaCorp, and said, “a simple online search would reveal that he […]
  • Australia: Transgender musician bashed in Sydney live music venue

    Sydney musician Stephanie McCarthy was allegedly bashed in Newtown’s Town Hall Hotel on 12 June 2015 as she was waiting to go on stage to perform with her band, Love Maul. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Stephanie McCarthy was approached by five males who began to verbally and physically abuse her, by pulling her […]
  • Singapore: Music video banned for its pro-LGBT content

    According to Global Voices and Focus Taiwan, the Taiwanese pop songstress Jolin Tsai’s song and her musicvideo ‘We’re All Different, Yet The Same’ has been banned from broadcast in Singapore. The Singapore government’s Media Development Authority has confirmed that it advised local broadcasters in Singapore not to air the music video because of ‘mature content’. […]
  • Singapore: Censorship of pop star A-mei condemned by fans

    The Singaporean government’s censorship last week of a song by Taiwanese pop diva A-mei (阿妹) at a music festival has sparked heated condemnation from Taiwanese internet-users.  The government reportedly said that lyrics addressing same-sex relationships were unsuitable for the event’s audience. Source: www.taipeitimes.com
  • No apology from ‘anti-gay’ singer

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## No apology from ‘anti-gay’ singerReggae star Sizzla has refused to apologise for his lyrics advocating violence against gay men, despite his UK tour being cancelled after protests. “They can’t ask me to apologise,” he told BBC radio station 1Xtra. “They’ve got to apologise to God because they break God’s law.” Sizzla is not […]
  • City demands ‘anti-gay’ music ban

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## City demands ‘anti-gay’ music banBrighton will be the first UK city to demand that music retailers ban reggae and rap albums with “anti-gay” lyrics. Brighton and Hove City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to write to the managing directors of its three largest stores condemning the music. It urged them not to stock […]
  • Pride and prejudice: ‘anti-gay’ stars refuse to apologise

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Pride and prejudice: ‘anti-gay’ stars refuse to apologiseTheir gigs have been cancelled all over the world and their names withdrawn from awards. But Jamaica’s dancehall stars refuse to apologise for – or even stop singing – songs that encourage the murder of gay people. The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis travels to the Caribbean and […]
  • ‘Anti-gay’ lyrics inquiry starts

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## ‘Anti-gay’ lyrics inquiry startsUK detectives are investigating claims that lyrics penned by eight leading reggae artists incite violence against homosexuals and are therefore illegal. Lyrics by Beenie Man, Elephant Man and Bounty Killer are among those being scrutinised by Scotland Yard.Meanwhile the government is considering banning reggae star Sizzla from the UK as […]
  • City seeks ‘anti-gay’ album ban

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## City seeks ‘anti-gay’ album banThe first city-wide boycott of reggae and rap albums with “anti-gay” lyrics is being considered in Brighton. Councillors want music retailers HMV, Virgin Megastore and MVC to stop selling albums with homophobic lyrics in its Brighton and Hove branches. While the council does not have the power to ban […]

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