The party song "Layla" with its sexist lyrics is a mood driver in many marquees. That shouldn't be the case at the Würzburg Kiliani folk festival. The city forbids playing the song. That goes too far for the Federal Minister of Justice.
Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann has spoken out in the sexism debate about the controversial party song "Layla". "You don't have to like hit lyrics. You can even find them stupid or tasteless. But to ban them officially, I think, is one too much," wrote the FDP politician on Twitter.
At the beginning of the week it became known that "Layla" could not be played at the Würzburg Kiliani folk festival at the urging of the city. A city spokesman said that the organizers of the folk festival had asked the marquee operator not to play the song anymore.
The Ballermann hit "Layla" by DJ Robin
DJ Robin can't understand the excitement, there is no sexism in the song. "People used to sing "Scandal in the restricted area" or "We're going to the whorehouse in Barcelona,"" the newspaper "Bild" quoted him as saying.
"Of course the song is sexist," said music expert Michael Fischer from the University of Freiburg. The fact that the protagonist of the video clip is obviously a man in high heels, a black mini skirt and a blond wig does not change the character of the song. This is beyond irony or trans aspects.
The city of Würzburg had already concluded an agreement with the folk festival operators that the controversial "Donaulied" may no longer be played. The song is about a man who rapes a scantily clad girl sleeping by the river. When she then accuses him of having made her pregnant, he only replies: "You stupid bitch, what do you think of me? I always carry a rubber band with me".
(This article was first published on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.)