The lyrics from hit song “Despacito” were apparently so explicit that it has been banned from Malaysian airwaves. What’s known as “the most streamed song in history” won’t be playing in any official radio and TV outlet in Malaysia.
According to the NYDailyNews, Malaysian minister of communications Salleh Keruak explained that the decision was made due to public complaint. The complaint stemmed from several people who thought that the “Despacito” lyrics were too vulgar in nature.
However, reports clarify that the ban is only effective on stations run by the government and not privately held outlets. In addition, the Malaysian communications minister asked private stations to be more sensitive when playing the song themselves.
Due to the risque “Despacito” lyrics, stations are advised to respect local culture by censoring sensitive parts of the song. According to TheSun, Art and Culture Bureau chief Artiza Umar is in favor of the ban even referring to the song as “troublesome.”
“These types of songs are not suitable for our Eastern and Islamic culture,” Artiza added. Artiza also urged the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to be more strict in these types of issues since these “could corrupt morals” in their country.
Of course, the ban does not extend to privately owned devices. This ensures that any individual hoping to listen to the song can still stream it privately. The song “Despacito” became a world-wide sensation ever since it burst onto airwaves this year.
The song’s original version was performed by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi along with rapper and fellow countryman Daddy Yankee. A remix version starring pop star Justin Bieber made its popularity levels skyrocket even further. With that said, the famous song has amassed about 4.6 billion plays making it the most streamed track.