In Germany there is a heated discussion about a hit: “Layla” by DJ Robin and Schürze. The accusation: the lyrics are too sexist. That’s why the city of Würzburg, a marquee in Düsseldorf and other marquee operators have forbidden playing the song. The beginning of a debate between artistic freedom and sexist stereotypes.
“Layla” singer DJ Robin calls the ban on the song “madness”. Compared to the “Bild” he explains: “If Layla is too sexist, half of the songs would have to be deleted in the future. In every German rap song are the texts are worse. Nobody gets upset about that. And if the Minister of Justice intervenes and sees no problem, we can just keep partying.”
The interpreter “Schürze” is also upset about the bans and debate. “For me personally, the song is not sexist, as some say. No one is offended and that is the most important fact in the discussion,” he says to the ” Picture”.
And also producer Ikke Hipgold “everything is just cooked too hot”. He told the newspaper: “Such Gaga hits have been part of the Ballermann culture for 40 years. It’s about freedom of speech, it’s about artistic freedom, it’s about the party after Corona.” He also posed with one on Instagram
Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann (44) also spoke up in the “Layla” debate. “You don’t have to like pop lyrics. You can even find them goofy or tasteless. But to ban them officially, I think, is one too many,” wrote the FDP politician on Twitter on Tuesday evening.
Tübingen’s Lord Mayor Boris Palmer finds this similarly exaggerated. He says to “Bild” that the song ran up and down in his city – nobody complained. “Most lyrics are irrelevant or silly.”
The Greens politician Konstantin von Notz explains on Twitter that “people can find the song corrosive”. Nevertheless, he questions the ban of the city of Würzburg. “Dear people, you can find Layla corrosive, annoying, cheap, underground and chubby. Please. But ban? Würzburg seriously?! You have to endure that in a free society. Reminds me of the debates about Falco’s Jeanny.
The WDR journalist Georgine Kellermann, on the other hand, supports the ban on the song. “Layla is not played at the Düsseldorf fair. Yesss! Anyone who writes such sexist crap should in the future as
Music expert Michael Fischer from the University of Freiburg also says: “Of course the song is sexist.” The fact that the protagonist of the video clip is obviously a man in high heels, a black mini skirt and a blonde wig does not change the character of the song. This is beyond irony or trans aspects.
The song “Layla” has been at the top of the charts for weeks and is particularly popular on Ballermann. The cities of Würzburg and Dsseldorf have now banned the song at their folk festivals because of its sexist lyrics.
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The original of this post “Ikke Hipgold made “Layla” a hit – now he’s getting involved in the debate” comes from Bunte.de.