Punjabi singer Jasbir Jassi has demanded a ban and strict punishment for rappers like Honey Singh after some of the lewd lyrics of the Makhna album courted controversy.
The controversial rapper found himself in a spot of bother after Punjab State Women Commission Chief Manisha Gulati took suo moto cognisance of objectionable lyrics of the song. She wrote to the Director General of Police to register a criminal case against Honey Singh.
Speaking to news agency IANS, Jassi said, “Honey Singh and other rappers have in a way brought in a rap revolution by bringing in the western culture. They have been following them in terms of vulgar lyrics. They don’t know that there’s a huge difference between the western culture and the Indian culture.”
Produced by Bhushan Kumar of T-series, the Makhna song has Honey Singh brag about his ‘womaniser’ status while seemingly objectifying women in his video. Among the objectionable lyrics are Main hoon womaniser mujhe akele mein mat mil(I am a womaniser, don’t meet me when you are alone) and silicon waali ko main karta nahi, brown girl se dil bharta nahi (I don’t do with girls who’ve undergone implants and I am never satisfied enough with girls with brown skin.)”
This is not the first time Honey Singh has found himself at the center of public criticism for vulgar lyrics. In 2013, immediately after the nirbhaya gang-rape incident shocked the country, he had courted controversy with his song Main hoon balatkari (I am a rapist).
Honey Singh Makhna track has clocked more than 210 million views on YouTube since it was released in December 2018.