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20 July 2017

Despacito banned in Malaysia over raunchy lyrics as Muslim clerics slam record-breaking ‘un-Islamic porn’ hit remixed by Justin Bieber

MUSLIM Malaysia has banned the hit song “Despacito” on state radio and television, and branded it “unislamic porn”.

The most streamed song in history will no longer be played on any of the government run media outlets in the country.

Despacito, the hit song by Luis Fonsi has been banned on state radio in Malaysia
Despacito, the hit song by Luis Fonsi has been banned on state radio in Malaysia
YouTube / LuisFonsiVEVO

Private stations, YouTube and music streaming services will still be free to blare out the the saucy Spanish smash hit.
Communications Minister Salleh Said Keruak said the song was reviewed and banned because of public complaints that the lyrics are “obscene”.
Salleh told The Associated Press that a remix of the song featuring Justin Bieber isn’t affected.
Salleh was also quoted by local media as saying private radio stations should censor the song themselves out of sensitivity to local culture.
An Islamic party, Amanah, earlier denounced the song and called for it to be kept off Malaysia’s airwaves because many young children were singing it without understanding the words.


“We respect the right to be entertained but there should be clearer guidelines so that the entertainment does not spoil people but makes them better,” party official Atriza Umar was quoted as saying by The Star newspaper.
The Spanish-language song its title means “slowly” was released by Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee in January.

The songs raunchy lyrics have been branded 'unislamic' by clerics in the Asian country
The songs raunchy lyrics have been branded ‘unislamic’ by clerics in the Asian country
YouTube / LuisFonsiVEVO

The original and the remix featuring Bieber together are the most streamed track of all time with more than 4.6 billion plays across streaming platforms. The previous record was held by Bieber for his 2015 song “Sorry.”
When the new record was announced earlier this week, Fonsi credited streaming for helping his music reach every corner of the planet.

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