A former US Senator once told me that admiring an enemy is not treason, but a sign of wisdom and intelligence.
I don’t claim to be that wise or intellectual, but one can’t help but admire Russian President Vladimir Putin.
I don’t admire his communist and barbaric ways or ideology, but his commitment to the principles he believes in.
When American leaders caved in to the ridicule of the world for wanting to oppose homosexuality, Putin stood his ground.
He has regularly opposed and fought against ideas and social trends that pose harm to his nation and his rule.
This time, he is taking on the world of music as he has declared war on rap music.
New York Post – Vladimir Putin is declaring war on rap music – Vlad’s got 99 problems — and rap is one.
Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin, facing poverty, protests and allegations of attacking U.S. elections, declared war on hip-hop on Saturday, railing that “rap is based on three pillars: sex, drugs and protest,” which will lead to “ the degradation of the nation.”
Putin’s comments follow a spate of concert cancellations by venue owners and local authorities across Russia, and the arrest of popular rapper Husky, whose songs have gotten under his skin.
“If it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it,” Putin said.
Ukrainian rappers Dirty Molly had six of its shows in the Volga region scrapped in the last week and concerts canned in Belgorod in February and in Chelyabinsk March 31…
American rapper Kurtis Blow said that Putin should reconsider because declaring war on rap music will only add to any growing rebellion within Russia.
It’s possible that that this very rebellious nature of a vast majority of rap music is the very reason that Putin has chosen to declare war on it.
Personally, I can’t say that I blame Putin as I have yet to find any redeeming quality of rap music to make it worth listening to.
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