According to a Singapore Parliament handout, ‘God is a Woman’ by Ariana Grande, ‘Take Me To Church’ by Hozier, and ‘Judas’ by Lady Gaga were banned from the country because they contain ‘offensive lyrics’.
The worker’s party of MP Chen Show Mao shared a handout titled Restricting Hate Speech to Maintain Racial and Religious Harmony in Singapore, on Facebook, selecting songs that contain “offensive lyrics.”
The above is a snippet from Ariana Grande‘s hit song ‘God Is A Woman’, and the Parliament of Singapore find it offensive because of the verse
“You, you love it how I move you/You love it how I touch you/My own, when all is said and done/You’ll believe God is a woman.”
Apart from Grande’s track, other songs listed in the handout include Lady Gaga‘s ‘Judas’, ‘Take Me to church’ by Hozier, and rock band Nine Inch Nail‘s Heresy.
In ‘Judas’, Gaga sings
“When he calls to me, I am ready/I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs/Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain/Even after three times he betrays me/I’ll bring him down/Bring him down, down/A king with no crown/King with no crown.”
‘Take Me to church’, which Hozier has openly said is a position against the hypocrisy of the Catholic church, was considered offensive for something like this:
“Take me to church/ I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies/ I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife.”
‘Heresy’, the oldest song out of the list, is the creation of Trent Reznor and his Grammy award-winning industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. For years, the song has been slammed by the Christian community, lyrics include
“He sewed his eyes shut because he is afraid to see/ He tries to tell me what I put inside of me/ He got the answers to ease my curiosity/ He dreamed up a god and called it Christianity.”
The handout appears to be a part of the statement that Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugan had delivered in Parliament on Monday.
Not a good day for this guys.