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Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | 17/07/2013

Pointless ban on youth sales of Bushido song

German rapper Bushido's new song "Stress ohne Grund" ("Aggro without a cause") will be restricted to adult sales only as of next Monday, after the German Review Board for Media Harmful to Young Persons ruled that it incites violence and discriminates against women and homosexuals. This is a hopeless step in the Internet era, comments the Christian-conservative Salzburger Nachrichten: "Sexism and glorification of violence are admittedly a stylistic device in Bushido's branch of gangsta rap. ... But as the lives of many a Hip-hop star attest ... sometimes fantasy and reality cannot be separated. Young consumers can hardly be expected to distinguish between affected posing and actual threats. The decision of the authorities is certainly justified but it belongs to another age: 1.2 million users watched the video online on the first day of its release. What can a ban on music sales to young people achieve when this audience seldom buys music at all any more, but consumes it over countless new online channels?"

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