Monday, March 13, 2006

I'm Offended. But Not Easily.

More fuel has been added to the fire of the 'Clash of Civilizations'. 80s rockers Saxon were due to play in Dubai this coming weekend, but permission has been withdrawn by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. Why? Because one of their songs, 'Crusader', is considered offensive to Muslims. The lyrics are written from the viewpoint of a brave English chap going off to the Holy Land to fight the 'heathen Saracen', any time between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. You might consider it akin to an historical document. Or a work of fiction. You certainly cannot consider it a literal threat to Muslims, but this is apparently what some of the local Arab press has been whipping up.

...what will Saxon do in Dubai’s land and on Arabian sands? Are they going to make us, the Saracen heathens, taste their music just as if their guitars were swords made of steel?

When this started becoming a problem, the band said they would not play that particular song at this gig. End of story you might think. But noooo.

This is like family feuds over 'what you said to Sharon at Our Jason's wedding', only much much worse.

I just hope no-one mentions the Muslims and Christians Festivals that happen every year in Spain. Oops, too late.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, are Saxon still around ? Are you sure this isn't some marketing ploy to shift a few records by a defunct and irrelevant rock band ? Perhaps someone at EMI or wherever just uncovered a room full of Saxon CDs that were produced in a moment of overentusiasm for rubbish rock.

In any case, speaking on behalf of the Celtic people of the world I find the name Saxon offensive, so lets ban them from everywhere else I go as well.

9:06 pm  
Blogger Duffy said...

"Saxon issued an updated tour schedule this week with the following comment:

'Um, since the Dubai gig was cancelled, I have to work another shift at the restaurant so I can pay my rent this month. Doug said I could borrow his mom's car if we can get another gig and meet there. You guys have to let me know 'cause Randy, the restaurant manager is kind of a dick and gets pissed off if I don't show up and stuff.'

11:58 pm  
Blogger Harsha said...

I wonder whats gonna offend keefieboy more, the cancellation of their gig or the above comments.

9:16 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I wonder why nothing was said about Megadeth, the actual headliners, and their single Holy Wars and some of their other stuff that may be considered offensive in this part of the world, Dave Mustaine has recently switched to being a good Christian and took an "anti-satanic" stance with his music, so for all the Megadeth fans out there expectimg him to rip someones heart out onstage..forget about it...I am an ex Megadeth fan who was a fan back when they were not so politically and religiously correct, this is the whole point of heavy metal, letting out, talking about anything and in any form you wish, even if it offends others, I don’t see how you can really be a true rock fan and live in Dubai.Rock&Dubai, now that’s an oxymoron.

9:49 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rock fans in Dubai? Plenty of em.

Why? Getting themselves financially stable after years of all their money going up their noses...

10:36 am  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Harsha: Neither. What irritates me is the way that certain people in this region are now scrutinising everything for possible offence. It's ridiculous and it's childish.

10:59 am  
Blogger Harsha said...

u bet it is!

11:58 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keefieboy, I think that you are being very generous when you call it ridiculous and childish.
To me, sinister and manipulative seem more appropriate.

1:59 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Anon @ 1.59

Yes, I am being generous - I still like living here!

2:17 pm  
Blogger kaya said...

Maybe the best will be The Captain and Tineele... hee heee
Crap there was all that HOOHAH with the Gloria Gaynor concert and she knew for a fact about the whole Israel thingy. Unless she is really is as clueless as wanted us to believe.
I wish OPRAH would mosy down real soon. If anyone can fix it OPRAH can!
Why btw is DANISH food being boycotted when u can buy ECCO shoes,or DANISH Insulin. Half of KSA is alive on Danish insulin.
Carr4 is having a gala time pushing all the FROG (President) products. Nothing like making HAy while sun shines eh!

10:19 pm  
Blogger Harsha said...

Oh! do you have any idea how your home made pizza tastes with Al Marai mozzarella cheese?

Horrible! Horrible! Horrible!

9:28 am  
Blogger Grumpy Goat said...

Funny how Saxon gets banned but not Chris de Burgh.

The latter's 'Crusader' includes lyrics that suggest the Saracens spent their time 'Whoring and drinking...'. The same album, Best Moves, if anyone wants to check, also includes Spanish Train, in which God gambles in a game of poker against Satan... and loses. And then there's Patricia The Stripper. All pretty offensive stuff for the narrow minded bigot.

Clearly, someone has a personal axe to grind against Saxon, which is why their allagedly offensive lyrics were quoted out of context in the Arabic-language press until someone got the desired reaction.

8:55 pm  

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