Today in "Metal Getting Banned," Aborted got banned from playing Dubai! The band was supposed to be playing a Halloween show in the country, which we're sure would have been awesome, but one angry father got the band banned from playing… here's what the band had to say on Facebook.
Dear fans in Dubai, it is with great sadness we have to announce that our show on halloweenis cancelled. We received notice from the promoter today that an angry parent had written the authorities about us performing and being appalled by our lyrics/themes/videos and the government decided to force the promoter to cancel and prosecute them.
Flights were booked, everything was arranged by both the promoter and us, and we arein 2015, it saddens us that these kind of practices still happen and people can not seem to understand that this music genre is about release and especially for a band like us, about fun, sure, delicious gory fun, but we all know how to take death metal lyrics, right?
We are all brothers and friends in the same cause here, and that is music, music is theone thing that binds all of us worldwide, race, gender or religion aside. We had a great time in Egypt, we have played Israel several times, Indonesia and so many places where
different cultures meet and it has never been an issue. Hopefully no other bands haveto deal with this type of situation anymore and our support goes out to the promoters and fans over there.
This is a small piece from the angry letter which was sent to the government:
'The band called Aborted and they are from Belgium, apparently they play Extreme Death Metal, I am open to all kind of Music even Heavy Metal but this Band was much more extreme, I went through there lyrics and their videos and they were nothing but disturbing, their lyrics promoting disgusting ideas like Sex with God's, same sex, force sex and rape, sex with kids, Anal sex and other horrible similar subjects.
I couldn't believe that someone could invite such a band to our country, our culture and traditions never supported such ideas and we should keep it this way, my son will go no where near that filthy party.'
Make up your own mind, stand up for music, and grind on!
Apparently when you play in Dubai, the show is broadcast on every channel and every person has their eyes taped open so they have to watch every single second of the broadcast… wait. It isn't? Then what the fuck is the guy's problem? If you don't like the music, then don't go! If you don't want your kids exposed to it, then don't buy them a ticket! If they're old enough to buy a ticket and drive then, then they're adults who can make their own choices.