Many parents are having a hard time coming to terms with the amount of adult content in circulation on TV these days. From commercials to movies to music videos, adult/sexually suggestive content looks to be the direction to go towards to, to be able to successfully get people’s attention.
In Kenya recently, there has been a section of leaders who are actively trying to curtail such content from getting to our screens.
Take Kenya Film Classification Board Chairperson Ezekiel Mutua who recently called for the banning of Sauti Sol’s Melanin music video, calling it “absolute pornography”.
Many people have hit back at Mr. Mutua saying people, particularly artists, have a right to create what they like as others have the choice to view or not to view such content.
They argue it should not be an issue of the law since there is freedom of expression, but a personal decision based on one’s morality.
This, unfortunately, was not the case in a recent case of adult/sexually suggestive content produced in Egypt.
An Egyptian court jailed a singer for two years for inciting debauchery – excessive indulgence in sex, alcohol, or drugs – and producing a video harming public morality.
In the video for the song, titled “I have issues”, the singer, Shyma, whose real name is Shaimaa Ahmed, was seen in her underwear as she suggestively ate a banana.
She was also fined 10,000 Egyptian pounds ($560).
The director of the video was also fined and sentenced to two years in prison.
The prosecution did not stop there as tens of young Egyptians were arrested for attending her concert in Cairo where a rainbow flag was raised.
Concert-goers were also accused of debauchery, harming public morality among other accusations.
It is very well known that morality among our youth is at an all-time low. It will not be out of line to try to curtail such materials from making it to our screens very easily.
But going as far as Egypt did to arrest and prosecute the artist and director, might be a step too far.
It is part of the price you pay for having a functioning democracy as people have the right to choose or participate in whatever it is they would like to.
Others have also argued that it will be curtailing creativity as well as stopping the growth of the country’s entertainment industry.