I noticed today that the WordPress Annual Report stated that my post on Honey Singh (circa July 2012) was the most popular one on this blog in December 2012. I was baffled till I checked the news- and voila! The mystery is solved.
I find it silly that he’s trying to ‘deny’ responsibility for his lyrics on the grounds that he didn’t personally write them- he IS the performer , after all, and there is enough by way of public performances and music videos to prove that he knew exactly what ‘message’ he was trying to push.
While i think calls to ban his songs are a tad excessive, it is true that his music is ‘dangerous’ because it is pure misogyny wrapped in slick and highly-produced packaging. By that standard , then, half the self styled magnum opuses out of Bollywood would also need to be banned.
There’s no doubt he’s popular. I am so far removed from the world that listens to him and yet, I’ve been to weddings where almost all the songs the DJ played were courtesy Mr. Honey Himself. And this was before he exploded onto the Bollywood playback scene in 2012.
Instead of preventing him from making his music, it’s far more important to create a society that refuses to consume his brand of trash. Sadly, there are plenty of takers for his work- some who subscribe to his views on women and others, who do not glean the full import of his words until they’ve looked up a translation- and even then don’t really care, ek song hi to hai, na?
Until we individually stop consuming the misogynist c**p dished out to us in the name of entertainment, we’ll just have to resign ourselves . To dancing at weddings to songs about women’s ‘measurements’ , fevicol-photos, and badnaam munnis – while congratulating ourselves on being so cultured and classy:)