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Sexual Or Violent Lyrics Banned From Jamaica's Airwaves

Curious development down in Jamaica:
Jamaican regulators say they are forbidding all explicit references to sex and violence over the airwaves. The new rules from the island's broadcast commission ban any song or music video that depicts sexual acts or glorifies gun violence, murder, rape or arson. The Saturday announcement follows a Feb. 6 ban that specifically targeted dancehall tunes and videos depicting "daggering" — a dance style popular among Jamaican youth that features pelvic grinding simulating sex.
Jamaica is considered by many to the be the most violently anti-gay country in the Western hemisphere and some of its musical acts routinely call for the murder of gays in their lyrics. Major Jamaican artists have been boycotted, banned and protested at concerts around the world because of their encouragement of anti-gay violence, but I doubt this new law has much to do with that.

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