Did Sidhu Moose Wala Inspire John Wick? Sounds As Ridiculous As Him Being Banned!

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Yesterday Sidhu Moose Wala went from being a Punjabi singer living in Canada to a Canadian celebrity, inadvertently the actions of the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and the organisers of the Metro 5X festival have taken Sidhu Moose Wala from the niche Punjabi market to the front pages of the media and into the minds of people who had no idea who this Punjabi singer was.

The decision to remove Sidhu Moose Wala from the Metro 5X festival was met with anger from music fans and artists who are close to him, the unfortunate thing about the whole situation is how easily some people are accepting this decision. Is it right that those in power dictate to you the individual who you can and can’t listen to? Are you not trusted to make that decision for yourself?

Music is about freedom of expression and you the listener picks and chooses what you listen too, as parents how many times have you not liked what your children are listening too, but understand that they can decipher fact from fiction, as growing up our parents did the same thing to us, they questioned what we were listening to as it was new to them, but allowed us to make the choice of what we listen to. I mean hell, my parents did not like Wu-Tang or NWA but they knew I was not going to go out and become a gangbanger simply based on the music I listen to.

We at Dailyentxpress.com wrote an article a few months ago after an incident at a gig that Sidhu Moose Wala was set to perform at and asked the question if the events around UK gigs in the late ’90s were now being repeated at Punjabi gigs in Canada?

Venues in the UK withdrew support to Asian nights after gigs were ending in violence and it became a bit of a joke that you went to gigs to get drunk, dance and fight (glassing/bottlings were not out of the ordinary events). Yet even though almost every artist was promoting drinking no artist was banned from the venues, but instead, the collective of Asians was banned.

Sidhu Moose Wala has been made a scapegoat by the authorities in Canada; a failure to find murders (for countless murders of Punjabi’s) a failure to stem drug/alcohol abuse is easily masked by blaming music. Hip Hop went through this phase, rock music too, each time this is the easy get out of jail card for authorities who are at a loss as to what to do due to their own failings.

How many crimes can be attributed to Sidhu Moose Wala? Directly? How many people who were kicking off at a Sidhu gig were under the influence of alcohol and drugs?

If the authorities in Canada wish to stop Sidhu Moose Wala due to the content of his songs, then, will they also stop Hollywood/Bollywood films being shown which have unprecedented levels of violence and sexual innuendo. I mean was John Wick inspired by Sidhu Moose Wala? We think not! But he certainly is more popular among Asians than Sidhu Moose Wala!

The reporting of sexual assaults in Canada is on the rise, yet Bollywood and Punjabi songs that demean women are yet to be blamed for content? Alcohol-related crime is on the rise, so will every singer who mentions alcohol be banned from performing live? As it is alcohol that is the common factor for most arrests at venues/bars?

Whether you like Sidhu Moose Wala or not, whether you like the content of his songs or not, are you prepared to stand by as people who are failing at their jobs dictate what you listen to? Are you as an individual not able to choose what entertainment is and what is not? Do you want that decision taken out of your hands?

This is not about an individual, but about freedom of choice and it seems to blame art is once again the all too easy option.

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