A hotel in Gurgaon has cancelled rapper Honey Singh’s performance tonight after online outrage over his misogynistic and offensive lyrics.
The protests started when a Delhi-based writer Kalpana Misra stood up against the “pornographic” and “unacceptable” lyrics of the song. Misra filed an online petition, addressed to the management of Bristol Hotel, campaigned for the singer to be dropped on account of songs in the early phase of his career, which promote violence against women.
The petition stated: “Let’s put a stop to these subversive lyrics that infiltrate the minds of people who don’t know better and who then justify to themselves the rightness of a crime that harms another human being, sometimes so severely that they lose their lives.”
The hotel initially said it will go ahead with the event. “We have sold the tickets. The audience wants to see him perform live, thus canceling the show and refunding the money is impossible,” a publicity manager for the show said. After outrage over vulgar lyrics in rapper Honey Singh’s songs, Bristol management has decided to cancel the concert.
Following Misra’s lead, social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter are pouring with outrage against the rapper and his derogatory songs. By Monday evening, Misra’s petition had more than 2,500 online supporters. And it’s not just the common man, who is against this vulgarity but even B-town has risen against him.
Film-maker Kunal Kohli took to social networking website to show his repulsion. Honey Singh should not be allowed to perform in India.
An FIR was also filed against the rapper on Monday by a senior Indian Police Service officer Amitabh Thakur for the “extremely vulgar and indecent songs”.
Honey Singh raps mostly in a mix of English and Punjabi and has lent his voice to recent Bollywood films like ‘Khiladi 786′, ‘Cocktail’ and ‘Luv Shuv Te Chicken Khurana’.
Outrage against the rapper and his derogatory songs have been pouring on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter for the past few days.
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