From Pimps to "Neo-Puritans"

Friday, November 30, 2012
This is ironic coming from a regime that has turned Cuba into a brothel for European and Canadian tourists.

As a reminder, Cuba -- and its totalitarian regime -- is a major source country of child prostitution and sex trafficking.

Moreover, it's a regime that beats and arrests female pro-democracy activists -- on a weekly basis -- for simply trying to attend Church.

So needless to say, the announcement by Cuba's Institute of Music is really about censorship by the Castro regime and the critical political overtones of songs in the rap, reggaeaton and rock genres.

It is definitely not about decency; for the Castros have no decency.

From AFP:

Cuba to singers: wash your potty mouth, or else

Musicians that perform songs deemed vulgar or that "violate ethical standards" will now be punished in Cuba, the state-run Institute of Music said Friday.

In communist Cuba, most everything -- especially the airwaves -- belongs to the government. Aside from hotels that cater to foreigners, there is no MTV, VH1 or HBO. There are no independent radio stations or newspapers.

The move comes after authorities heard complaints for more than a year about "vulgar" songs from members of the state-supported intelligentsia.

Authorities are currently busy "purging" music catalogs, with the goal of "eradicating any practice that is... not in accordance with legitimate Cuban popular culture," Institute of Music head Orlando Vistel told the daily Granma.

A special focus is on lyrics that are "aggressive, sexually explicit, obscene, and that twist the innate sensuality of Cuban women, presenting them as grotesque sexual objects," Vistel said.