Hit Song ‘Despacito’ Gets Malaysia Ban

Malaysia has banned hit song Despacito from state radio and TV channels.

The move was announced by the government just as the runaway hit became the most streamed song of all time.

The song, with its numerous sexual references and innuendos, is a turnoff for the government.

Though 90 per cent of the country does not understand the lyrics, it has still managed to spark censorship controversy.

It is the first Spanish-language hit to top the charts since the Macarena.

In March, Malaysian officials called for a “gay moment” to be removed from the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast, saying that scenes appearing to promote homosexuality were inappropriate for children and best not shown.  

 Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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