Friday, January 11, 2013

Honey Singh: Villian or Hero?

***For the purpose of this post I am only mentioning mainstream or widely recognized artist. No underground music is relevant as it is not sold/advertised to the majority.

For those of you who don't know, Honey Singh is a Punjabi musician. He's not been famous that long relatively but he does have a healthy following.  Some Indians will tell you about his underground music, some will say no one listens to that stuff, others will say his lyrics are symbolic. Basically, all the same crap you heard about 2 Live Crew back before they got banned in the USA.

But is Honey Singh a complete villain? Let's take a look at a few things here.

Honey Singh glorifies the rape culture of India. He disrespects women. His lyrics are often foul, full of profanity, discussing topics even porn sites won't touch and blatantly disregarding the unspoken rules of Indian social fabric. In light of all that has been publicized in the news about India in the last couple of years, a person could easily determine that lyrics like these are a reflection of how the Indian man thinks.

I don't want his actual lyrics on my page but here are some links if you want to see them. They are in Punjabi and translations are few but I've listed a page to help you out at the top of this list. Keep in mind that his lyrics discuss beating a woman with his shoes after sex, gang rape, calling women sluts (indirectly), glorifying rape, etc. He even has a song named 'I am a rapist' (main hun balatkaria). These are not his only 2 vulgar songs. Just the only 2 I've found this extreme.

Punjabi Swear Words

Choot Lyrics (all Punjabi)

India, and Indians, tout themselves as pure and most will swear that these types of songs are never sang in India. When I met hubby he was shocked to find songs like this in the US. Well guess what. Choot is 5 years old! Songs like this have existed in India a lot longer than people realize. It's only coming to light now because of all the recent violence against women and the outcry to stop it.

While you do have to consider that millions, possibly billions, of Indian boys are taught from a very young age to devalue women, you also have to consider that education is responsible for slowly ending that trend. You also have to consider that it is women teaching the boys to act this way. They are teaching through actions and words. They see and live this and it's starting to show. But this isn't Indian culture at all. This is something manipulated and perverted by humans over time.

Now let's consider what Honey Singh has done right. By singing songs like this, he has outraged the second (and soon to be first) most populated country in the world. That's power. That outrage will fuel new laws, new enforcement and the people will (and already have) begin to take India back.

And what is Honey Singhs' response to all of this? Denial. Now he says he didn't write them, despite all the money he's made off of them. I'm sure he thinks that if he keeps denying it, they will all go away. It's not going to happen. But, as we have always seen in India, those with money don't usually get any punishment for their crimes. (It has happened in the US too until recent years.)

I don't even have to mention to you all that the Sikh community does not condone this sort of behavior. I'm not Sikh but it doesn't take a genius to figure out that no religion would want his affiliation.

NOW, I have no trouble admitting to giggling when 2 Live Crew's infamous song came out in the US and a girl says "Me so horny, me love you long time." I was a teenager, it was funny to me then. But, my parents generation fought back. Hence their next album was "Banned in the USA." These type of lyrics were simply not tolerated in mainstream music. So in America we have seen first hand that this kind of public outrage can change the people even if it doesn't change the laws. The public outcry can make a difference.


Rather than turning a blind eye to what is going on around them, this generation of Indians is standing up and against this overly obscene objectification of women. They're saying to hell with society and what it has become. What you are seeing happening in places like Delhi, where women are brutally and sadistically assaulted and murdered, is causing Indians to take a closer look at what they have become. This is not what India is supposed to be and they know it. Things have gone too far.

Once upon a time, women were revered in India. So how in the hell did it become such a dangerous anti-female place? This is not what Hindu, Muslim, Jain or Sikh scriptures say is supposed to be happening. None of those religions depict women as objects to destroy and force your will upon. But India has become a country where that is exactly what is happening and no one wants to believe it....at least not until recently.

Perhaps someone needs to lodge a FIR against these people/groups as well:
Zeest - Balatkaria Lyrics
Ishq Bector - Saali Bitch

And here's some recent news on the incidents over Honey Singh.
Lucknow police file FIR against Honey Singh for obscene lyrics
Honey Singh Denies writing offensive lyrics
Women vandalize bar over balatkari cocktail

6 comments:

  1. While you do have to consider that millions, possibly billions, of
    Indian boys are taught from a very young age to devalue women, you also
    have to consider that education is responsible for slowly ending that
    trend. You also have to consider that it is women teaching the boys to
    act this way. They are teaching through actions and words. They see and
    live this and it's starting to show. But this isn't Indian culture at
    all. This is something manipulated and perverted by humans over time

    I beg to differ here, what makes you say so? Yes lots of boys are taught like this but billions! Really!! Actually there are less people who teach their children to devalue women but there are even less who teach them to value them. Most (almost all)
    don't feel their is any need to teach their children to value women and respect them and thats the problem.

    And about your recent topic, yeah it's quite hard and sad to accept that how much our culture is forgotten and how much is changed. Indian as a whole are hypocrites (sadly) so most of university/college students who love Honey Singh and his songs are now saying that he sings and write foul but why did they listened to his foul songs in first place? I don't think that much of his songs are devoid of any dual meaning lines and that also very rude.

    I like that you are praising the efforts of new generation but they are like sheep and this Honey Singh scenario proved it more than anything else.

    I am attaching an image which illustrate what we(Indians) are like. I don't know the artist who created it, I just found it on facebook.

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  2. Anyone who watches the TV growing up or absorbs the world around them is being taught these values. They're tainting Indian media, music, etc. They may not all listen and follow them but they are being bombarded with these ideals.

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  3. Teaching men to see women as beneath them is devaluing them. If there is a hierarchy that goes Man > woman, then women are by definition devalued.

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  4. I agree with that, movies make a big impact on children's moral growth so do soaps and dramas and god there are such stupid things shown in them. Then there is music and likes of Honey Singh and bollywood music.

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  5. Absolutely! Movies and media do a lot to shape society (unfortunately). Even if we don't want them to, they're there showing kids and impressionable minds ways to act and people will imitate movies. They often idealize movie images. That is a big part of the problem (both in American and Indian societies).

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  6. And I don't think thats gonana change. They will always think of profit before society and our moral values will continue to waken.
    Better we as parents guide our children the best we can and give them the right social education.

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