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The 'Despacito' joke!

I JUST don't understand the hype over Despacito. I really don't.

I first heard the song after it made it No. 1 in the US and quickly became a global hit.

Despacito, which means 'slowly', has set a new global streaming record of 4.6 billion streams in only six months and has been declared the official song of the summer.

To me, it sounds like any other Latin American song. Ok, to give it a little more credit, it's a perfect Zumba song. That's it.

Then again, music is subjective.

RTM has banned Despacito from its radio and television stations. It's not like their radio and television stations enjoy great ratings compared to their privately-owned counterparts.

Some quarters, such as the women's wing of Parti Amanah Negara (Awan), have called for the broadcast of the song to be stopped, alleging obscene lyrics.

Ban an afterthought?

Didn't anyone check the lyrics before they started singing or airing it?

Also, how many people out there know what Despacito means, let alone understand the lyrics. They just love the so-called catchy tune!

Even Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek jumped onto the bandwagon and introduced Despacito Raya which was a hit.

What about lyrics from these popular songs which are aired on radio and television here?

Selena Gomez - Hands to Myself

So come on and give me a taste
Of what it's like to be next to you
I won't let a drop go to waste

Inner Circle - Sweat (A la la la la long)

Girl I want to make you sweat
Sweat 'til you can't sweat no more.
And if you cry out I'm gonna push it
Push it push it some more.

Billboard has a list of songs with filthy lyrics, as reported last year.

Even several Bollywood music videos aired on television are deemed 'sexy'. How come we still see scantily dressed women dancing around in a racy manner and not "ban" such stuff?

Let's not be hypocrites, lah.

I leave you with my 'favourite' version of Despacito.


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