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Australia: Song censored by ABC because of ‘offensive’ lyrics

2 September 2020
Australian broadcaster ABC censored Indigenous artist Ziggy Ramo’s song “April 25th” because of its offensive lyrics about ANZACS.
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Australian broadcaster ABC censored Indigenous artist Ziggy Ramo’s song “April 25th” because of its offensive lyrics, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.

On 17 August, Ziggy Ramo was a guest on ABC’s show Q+A but was negated the right to perform his song “April 25th” because of its “controversial” lyrics. Specifically, the song is politically motivated by the 25 April 1915, when the ANZACS (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) first saw action, which constitutes one of Australia’s most important national holidays nowadays. The song further discusses the different treatment of ANZACS and Indigenous people in Australia, using the words “fuck those ANZACS”.

In the video of the episode Ziggy Ramo said “[…] me sitting on this panel ticks off a box for the ABC, that is cultural diversity. But if I’m not able to express my perspective, is it performative or is it actual cultural diversity?” argues Ziggy Ramo. He claims he agrees with celebrating the fact that ANZACS fought against genocide, but it is important to remember the dark sides of one’s history, too, such as the mistreatment of Indigenous people – hence the song’s challenging lyrics.

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You can watch the full episode here.

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