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Offended Christians Are Calling for the Ban of Popular Dutch Hardstyle Hit

It doesn’t happen often that Electronic Dance Music raises a public debate within society, and when it does it mainly features drug related issues or Afrojack crashing another Ferrari.

However, this time one particular Dutch Hardstyle track has rustled up major controversy with the local Christian community for its controversial lyrics. "Kind van de Duivel," has caused friction with parents for its lyrics that translate to say: ‘’I am a child of the devil’’ and ‘’throw liquor and drugs over my coffin.’’

The combination of these ‘’rebellious’’ lyrics, a catchy melody, and the raw baseline, made the track insanely popular among the Dutch and Belgium youth. Despite there are only 25 million Dutch speaking people on this whole planet, the track managed to hit 14 million views on YouTube and more than 8 million Spotify streams. Because of the success, rapper Jebroer and producer (happy hardcore legend) Paul Elstak are trying to perform the track at as many festivals, neighbourhood parties and meadows across the Netherlands.

However, some of these Dutch villages have a large Christian community who firmly criticize the lyrics of the track, and want live performances of the track banned. On top of this, 13 Dutch preachers drafted a letter to parents in a reformed municipality (13,000 residents), addressing the ‘’dangers’’ of their children listening to and singing along with this particular tune. They argue that it represents ‘’the opposite of Jesus’’ and that it ‘’sows the seeds of perdition,’’ as noted by the local newspaper. ‘’There is no way this song can be appreciated by any parent,’’ which is why the preachers and some of their disciples want to ban the live performance in their villages. This has succeeded once already, whereby a Christian village prevented a singalong like this:

The public debate about the offensiveness of such lyrics has already become a full blown discussion in the Netherlands, but there is another EDM aspect to it.

Lyrics which are considered offensive, or with a political or religious message rarely occur within the EDM world. We're used to hearing this debate in the world of hip-hop but are curious to know your opinion on how EDM festivals should deal with these kind of tracks or artist, and if they should take community wishes as such into account.

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