Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Jesus Fans: 1, Jesus: 0

Mumbai-based EMI Virgin India Ltd. said it will recall all copies of the new Slayer album, "Christ Illusion," following protests by a Christian group, the Catholic Secular Forum.
The Catholic Secular Forum are, of course, a group of well-known idiots. They are protesting against an album that will probably sell a few thousand copies in the entire sub-continent.

But it is their display of secularity that warms the cock of my heartles.
The CSF also sent a complaint to Mumbai's police commissioner saying that the album "will affect the sensibilities of Muslims on the track 'Jihad' and secular Indians who have respect for all faiths."
Actually, sensible Muslims will whole-heartedly endorse listening to "Jihad" and secular Indians, who respect all faiths, will enjoy Slayer's anti-war, anti-violence message, what with Gandhiji being in such vogue at the moment.

I hope members of the Catholic Secular Forum roast in Hell. Complete with darting flames and Ozzy singing "Changes" over the PA system :)

But is it all bad news for Slayer? This incident does get them publicity. After all, how many copies would Slayer would sell in a miniscule metal market like India? I lived in India when Slayer played and sounded like bastards (around the "Decade of Aggression" period) and only about one metal fan in ten knew their songs. Too bad this publicity won't bring them revenue. Not unless they can start charging for the downloads...

40 years ago, another musician had a run-in with religious idiots over a harmless remark.

Before Jong's nukes get us, mob righteousness and censorship will.

10 comments:

Ashish said...

Censorship almost always works on heuristical principles, that is, a set of rules based on previous happenings and practices. So Indian Govts or other such organizations (a music company in this example) typically bow when they are protested against by anybody who can threaten a loss of some vote bank (for Govts) or have the potential to get a higher body (Catholic Church) involved if their protests reach a reasonably loud level.
Very few people left who can stand up and say, "Do what you can because you are not justified". If they say this, 90% of protests will die.

km said...

Ashish,

After the killing of that Russian writer last week, is it any wonder corporations are bowing so easily to such protests?

Salil said...

OFFS...

It's Slayer. Slayer. Gurus of speed metal, and heavy, solo-ey goodness. May they burn in hell for this. Ideally with Reign in Blood's opening chords battering their ears ad infinitum. :)

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Deaths Head Roy said...

Hehe, iiiinsane......yeah even though i am not a death-metal-head, this is crazy.....the Secular who?? who are these jokers to ask for censorship....and why recall the CDs, Virgin?? i am gonna download the songs for sure...hehe, Slayer surely has got publicity on this.....

J said...

How does one recall copies?

km said...

Ghost: my spammers care more for me than my financial advisor :))

Roy: rock on, man.

J: I am not sure if they can recall sold copies, but all copies in stores probably go back to where they came from.

Amit said...

It's funny that the Christian SECULAR Forum is taking a stance against a band that they think is not SECULAR.

-Amit
http://www.ipatrons.com

km said...

Amit: irony of ironies, eh?