We all have the right to express opinions but there seems to be a lack of ability amongst Asian artists to accept opinions ...
A couple of months ago a “bhangra beef” started on a social network called Twitter mainly between two artists from the bhangra industry. Things seemed to have settled between them after they spoke on the phone to each other which I am sure is great news.
A debate show namely “broken silence” on a well known TV channel has been running for a while where various issues are discussed with guests. The new series started on the 26th November 2013. Reportedly, during the debate, the presenter mentioned “the TV channel is a platform for Asian music artists to get into the mainstream” but one of the guests challenged her by saying it’s not a platform to the mainstream music. I guess it would make sense for him to say that as a music channel that only promotes Asian music and is viewed mostly by Asians is not a gateway to the mainstream industry.
However, this bit of footage has been edited out and not shown to the public and it all started exchanges of various comments on Facebook and tweets by the presenter and the artist. Is the programme really ‘broken silence” or do you think the broadcaster reserved the right to edit out any comments made against them?
Let me now move on to another story. The guy who created Punjabi rap, Bohemia, seems to have been speaking disrespectfully about the Indian rapper known as Yo Yo Honey Singh as shown in the video below. Why are these people all of a sudden breaking out their hate towards each other within the past couple of months? Read what people had to say about that - Is Bohemia dissing Yo Yo Honey Singh?
We’ve seen an outbreak in number of artists using social media and TV to make negative comments about each other and some even went to the extent of making YouTube videos giving strong opinions and discussing “fake” people. Even more interestingly, some have created fake twitter profiles to talk about “fake” artists. I have personally never experienced seeing so much hate between artists in such a short amount of time and I am confident most readers will agree with this. There must be something about the last few months of 2013 that is making people do this!
We all have the right to express opinions but then there is a difference between expressing an opinion and aggressively hating on people on social media. There seems to be a lack of ability amongst Asian artists to accept opinions. Are these so called artists setting a good example for the younger generation? Can they not take their beefs off social media and sort things out on the phone or something? Would it not be a wonderful industry if everyone respected and supported each other and spread love?
Why do you think there is an influx in number of people being disrespectful to competitors in the last few months?
Are they simply doing this to gain attention and get known?
Can I just make it clear that this article is merely for information and discussion purposes only without any intention to cause any offence to any music artist or media group.