Malaysia bans ‘Des­pac­ito’ on state ra­dio, TV due to lyrics

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has banned “Des­pac­ito’’ on state ra­dio and tele­vi­sion, though it might be hard to slow the song’s record-break­ing pop­u­lar­ity. The ban ap­plies only to govern­ment-run ra­dio and TV out­lets, not to pri­vate sta­tions or YouTube or the mu­sic stream­ing ser­vices fu­el­ing the song’s suc­cess. Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Salleh Said Keruak said Thurs­day the song was re­viewed and banned be­cause of pub­lic com­plains that the lyrics are ob­scene.

Salleh told The As­so­ci­ated Press that a remix of the song fea­tur­ing Justin Bieber isn’t af­fected.

Salleh was also quoted by lo­cal me­dia as say­ing pri­vate ra­dio sta­tions should cen­sor the song them­selves out of sen­si­tiv­ity to lo­cal cul­ture.

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