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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Death threats for Dutch satirist over hit song Do the burqa

A Dutch satirist has declined to perform his hit song Do the burqa on stage due to death threats (Hat Tip: Jack W).
Dutch satirist Johan Vlemmix has decided not to perform his latest hit Do the Burqa onstage following death threats.

The song, a carnival parody to the music of Van McCoy's Do the Hustle, is a huge success on YouTube, so much so that the video provider has switched off the comments facility. Too many people were posting angry reactions saying that they had been insulted.

The images show a woman wearing a T-shirt which can be instantly converted into a burqa, be it one that does not cover the breasts.

Mr Vlemmix said he had expected some commotion over his song: "I'm not exactly dumb." But he had failed to anticipate the virulence of the reactions: "I really meant it as a joke. Because the burqa is banned in the Netherlands I thought it was fun to offer a carnival alternative for it: the burqa shirt."

Carnival, a colourful, musical and noisy feast celebrated annually in the southern half of the Netherlands, is often used to mock authorities and make fun of social issues by people dressed up or disguised in humorous creations.


He has not only stopped performing the song onstage, Johan Vlemmix has also cancelled the option to order the shirts via his website. But he stops short at pulling the video from Youtube: "I made it because I was convinced it was right, and I refuse to take it down."
The video (or at least a portion of it) is available at the link above. It's not appropriate for Orthodox Jews (although there's nothing wrong with the song, which has been played at Orthodox Jewish weddings for years).

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At 3:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huh, it's rubbish,

But then again, I can make a better one, a burka strip tease that could blow the mind, but of course, I wouldn't put it up in public.

Us real burka wearers are unimpressed with this third rate stuff. We do the real thing :)


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