“Todd Akin could be a person in power and that scares us” – an interview with Bria and Chrissy

Interview by Charlie Crooijmans

This week the Republican Missouri US Senate candidate Todd Akin made comments about rape and abortion that many consider bizarre and offensive. He said that the “female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down” in the case of what he called ‘legitimate rape’, in other words: she won’t get pregnant (Global Post) unless she wants to. Of course he had to apologize, but he also expressed that he still believes that the rapist has to be punished and not the unborn child. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants him to abandon his campaign for a Missouri Senate, which Akin is not planning to do (The Guardian). Meanwhile of course, most media will not let go of this story. Popular media in particular erupted and many musical comments can be found on the internet. Like the song Legitimate Rape of the duo Bria and Chrissy. Not long ago they started to use humor and political comments in their songs. I asked them some questions about that by email.

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Mitt Romney hounded by dog-on-the-car-roof story

by Charlie Crooijmans

Recently actor and director Clint Eastwood said that he endorses the Republican presidential candidate, because “the country needs a boost“. But looking at his recent tour to Europe and Israel, Mitt Romney probably needs a boost himself. The song called The Mutt Romney Blues won’t make it any easier on him. It comes from the album Election Special of musician and protest singer Ry Cooder, which will be released end of this month.

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Putin-bashing on Youtube

by Charlie Crooijmans

On March 4 the presidential elections will be held in Russia. Current prime minister, Vladimir Putin, who was elected in 2000 and 2008, is the main candidate. Since December last year after the parliamentary elections – according to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) there was a widespread fraud in favor of the ruling party – thousands of demonstrators protested against the results of the polls and lots of them want to get rid of Putin. Putin has never experienced popular protests like these before. There seem to be no freedom of speech and opposition protesters aren’t very welcome – even if they’re 5cm high and made of plastic. This doesn’t stop people from making songs and video-clips to do some serious (and funny) Putin-bashing. Here are a few examples. Continue reading

Youssou N’Dour brings what he loves in music, but not yet in politics

by Pieter de Rooij

Throughout his musical career Youssou N’Dour has been able to share with his compatriots in Senegal, with Africans and with people all over the world, a message of tolerance, solidarity and sharing. Until last week expectations were high in his home country of how he would translate his hopeful dreaming into a political reality, as he was planning to run for president in the elections of February 2012. End of January 2012 however, Senegal’s highest court declared Youssou’s candidacy invalid, as – according to the court – he failed to file enough valid signatures to run for president. Continue reading