Postcard from... Berlin
Judges have ruled that the latest hit song from the controversial rap artist Bushido can be sold only to adults.
The lyrics of “Stress Without Reason” are considered too offensive for youthful ears, and yesterday its sale to under-18s was officially prohibited.
Censors described the track as “brutalising and violent” and said it discriminated against women and homosexuals. Berlin’s openly gay mayor, Klaus Wowereit, is personally insulted in the song lyrics and he is now taking legal action against Bushido.
The singer, born Anis Mohammed Youssef Ferchichi, is half-Tunisian but grew up in Germany where his name has since become synonymous with bad taste and scandal.
He champions, with relish, the causes of violence, anti-Semitism, homophobia and misogyny. Earlier this year he posted online a map of the Middle East which conspicuously omitted Israel, provoking a furious response from politicians and Jewish community leaders.
As the English-language news site The Local put it: “It is as if he and the German media long ago made an agreement to see how many political correctness red buttons they could hit.”
Yet the power of negative publicity should never be underestimated. Bushido’s offensive track features on an album called NWA (Never Work Again) by a comparatively unknown rap artist called Shindy. It was reported to have sold out in Berlin yesterday.
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
Migrants crossing the Mediterranean: Pope Francis joins calls for EU action on boat refugees
Yemen crisis: Meet the child soldiers recruited by the Shia Houthi rebels who have forsaken books for Kalashnikovs
Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Isis in Afghanistan: Group claims responsibility for Jalalabad suicide bombing that killed 35
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
£18000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Chiropractic Assistant is needed in a ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides coaching ...