Re: Sri Lanka bans violent cricket World Cup song



On Feb 23, 6:13 am, linus <lavinia...@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
COLOMBO (AFP) – A World Cup song which carries threats against
defending champions Australia as well as earthquake-hit New Zealand
has been banned on orders of the Sri Lankan president.

The song warns that Ricky Ponting's Australians will end up as bird
food while New Zealanders, still reeling from the Christchurch quake,
could have their jaws broken.

President Mahinda Rajapakse heard the Sinhalese and Tamil mixed song
and wanted it taken off all state-run radio and television channels,
an official close to the president told AFP.

He also censured sports authorities for allowing the "insulting"
lyrics.

"The president was appalled that the song was allowed in the first
place," the official said.

"He felt the song was in poor taste. What he wants is a song to
inspire the team and fans and not insult other nations."

The president saw a video clip of the song when he turned up to watch
Sri Lanka play Canada at their opening game at Hambantota on Sunday
when the home side won by 210 runs.

A Sri Lankan cricket official said the song was the initiative of a
private company which was sponsoring the national team.

Several private radio and television channels have also accepted that
the song was in poor taste and stopped broadcasting it.

Sri Lanka, who are co-hosting the World Cup with Bangladesh and India,
has already run into trouble with fans after banning music and
placards at match venues.

Following intense criticism, police have relaxed bans on placards,
posters and banners.

The lyrics of the song are here: http://webtrickz.com/icc-world-cup-cricket-2011-official-song-de-ghumake/

I haven't heard/seen it myself, although I have heard *of* it before
this post.

There is no reference to any particular player or country, as far as I
can tell.

It is "violent" in that it is urging "explosive" cricket from the
participants. The title itself roughly means "Give it a whirl." It
talks about making your opponent bite the dust, tearing open the roof,
of drawing noise and explosions via your performance.

And finally, re: the earthquake, I'm reminded of the Tampa Bay Bucs
cheerleaders performing to "Rock You Like a Hurricane" in a game
against New Orleans, just weeks after Katrina.

-Samarth.
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