It seems some of the world’s favourite pop songs aren’t to everybody’s tastes.
A notoriously conservative province in Indonesia reckoned “Love Me Harder” by Ariana Grande and “Dusk Till Dawn” by Zayn Malik were too steamy for broadcast during the day — and even decided to ban “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran too.
These are just three of the 85 songs that the West Java provincial broadcast commission banned from being played on television and radio during the day for containing “adult” and “offensive” content, according to The Guardian.
The report also stated that the banned songs may only be aired between 10pm and 3am.
Rahmat Arifin, Central KPI Deputy Chairman told Tempo.co: “In this case, what is banned is not the songs, but the lyrics of the songs that contain pornography, pornographic association, and obscenity.”
Commission head Dedeh Fardiah also told The Guardian that some of the lyrics could possibly be perceived as “objectifying women as sexual objects”.
In total, 17 Western pop songs have been banned, including “That’s What I Like” and “Versace On The Floor” by Bruno Mars; “Wild Thoughts” by Rihanna; “Mr Brightside” by The Killers; and “Bad Things” and “Sangria Wine” by Camilla Cabello, according to The Metro.
While most singers made no comment on the ban, singer-songwriter Bruno Mars took to Twitter to poke fun at the ban, jokingly calling Ed Sheeran out for his “sick, perverted lyrics” — and blaming him for stirring up trouble.
Using the lyrics of Ed Sheeran’s song “Shape of You” in a tongue-in-cheek tweet, the star called Ed Sheeran a “monster”.
He tweeted to his 42.5 million followers, describing his hits as “wholesome” — in contrast with Ed Sheeran, whom he dubbed a “sexual deviant”.
According to Reuters, Neneng Athiatul Faiziyah, a member of the commission, said the ban came after complaints by citizens who opposed thousands of songs. West Java is known to be of the Indonesia’s most conservative provinces, and its population of 48 million makes it the country’s most populous province.