AKON in Sri Lanka – Here we go again…!
March 16, 2010 34 Comments
AKON on religurd? now wait just a minute you say!
Ill get to the point straightaway.
I’m very sleepy right now. Its 1.30 am and Mr Prasad Mapatuna sent me a message on facebook (thanks!) with a link to a rather infamous group that has been gaining a lot of notoriety (7000+ members thus far).
I just had to weigh in on this. Sleep can wait.
“Hate” is word that gets thrown around on facebook a lot.
1. To have a great aversion to, with a strong desire that evil should befall the person toward whom the feeling is directed; to dislike intensely; to detest; as, to hate one’s enemies; to hate hypocrisy. [1913 Webster]
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer. –1 John iii. 15. [1913 Webster]
2. To be very unwilling; followed by an infinitive, or a substantive clause with that; as, to hate to get into debt; to hate that anything should be wasted. [1913 Webster]
I hate that he should linger here. –Tennyson. [1913 Webster]
3. (Script.) To love less, relatively. –Luke xiv. 26.
Syn: To Hate, Abhor, Detest, Abominate, Loathe.
Usage: Hate is the generic word, and implies that one is inflamed with extreme dislike. We abhor what is deeply repugnant to our sensibilities or feelings. We detest what contradicts so utterly our principles and moral sentiments that we feel bound to lift up our voice against it. What we abominate does equal violence to our moral and religious sentiments. What we loathe is offensive to our own nature, and excites unmingled disgust. Our Savior is said to have hated the deeds of the Nicolaitanes; his language shows that he loathed the lukewarmness of the Laodiceans; he detested the hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees; he abhorred the suggestions of the tempter in the wilderness. [1913 Webster]
Source: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
The religious connotations of this definition are quite striking but I digress.
Hip hop super star AKON is set to arrive in Sri Lanka soon. I’m not sure whether Mr AKON is aware of the hornets nest that he has stirred by announcing this concert. However I sensed something was amiss from the start. I mean I get to mingle with the pious daily – I’m connected! and did see the signs early on. It started with a rather benign looking status update by an especially pious fellow at my university that said something to the effect of “protest against AKONs visit to sri lanka..” (2 likes) (1 comment: “hell yes”).
Now I myself do not subscribe to the drivel that passes for music these days especially POP and Hip-Hop music. Rock and progressive is more my thing. Judging by his rant I assumed that this especially pious fellow must also be a militant rock fanatic! how so very quaint! I mean I have ranted about hip-hop myself a number of times! but “protest?” ….hmmm…this guy sounded serious.
I did some digging. (when the pious rant we must take notice mind you – no telling whet they’d end up doing tomorrow..strap on a suicide vest perhaps? set off a bomb at a Shah Rukh Khan concert? – you see the point I’m trying to make?) Turns out AKON has a video with lots of scantily clad women dancing around a Buddha statue. Oh dear indeed! and Lo the pious Buddhists have called for a fatwa on AKON!
When did Sri Lanka become a pre 9/11 Afghanistan? are we taking tips from the Saudis then? and what of the pious, militant fundamentalist Mullahs and Shahs? those guys that went after Salman Rushdie and the European cartoonist? I see virtually no difference between our Buddhist leaders and the Mullahs! I guess it was only a matter of time. Remember the Shah Rukh Khan/Soma Thero incident?
The pious have taken their battle over to social networking sites like facebook – they are a smart bunch I must say. All their ancient beliefs aside they do understand the power of modern media and the internet while simultaneously deriding groups run be free thinkers they laugh in the face of free speech by being downright disgusting online.
They are busy administrating “I HATE akon” groups these days and these groups are shrines set up to display ones complete blind devotion and piety to other individuals who are online. I guess they beleive that by hitting “Join” on such a group that they are collecting golden karmic coins to be spent in a world of warcraft-esque MMORPG which pretty much sums up their conceptual “understanding” of the so called karmic cycle, samsara and all that baggage that come with these ideas.
On these groups the pious end up swearing incessantly and make vengeful comments that if made against any other human being in any other context would be deemed disgusting vile and downright spiteful. Profanity is the norm and decency is the rare exception (sometimes non existent altogether). See for yourselves. [WARNING: The content contains graphic descriptions of violence against another human being, profanity and hate speech. Not for the faint of heart!]
Here are some rather colourful excerpts [WARNING] from said group made by various individuals:
he will die soon. M Fya he’ll definitly die soon…..akonge ammmata………………Kill him, cut him in2 pieces……..put the pieces back and kill him again…….
So the next time you are on facebook keep an eye out for the pious.
And to those who are planning on seeing AKON live – be careful and stay safe! if you see monks protesting – RUN!
Seriously don’t go, its not even good music. Just my opinion mind you.