Bunkface Condemned For Controversial Lyrics In New Song
Malaysian born rock band, Bunkface, has found themselves the hot topic of the week after the release of their new song, “Akhir Zaman” (The End of Times). Whether or not their time in the spotlight this week has been a good thing, remains to be seen. Why do we say so? Because their new song has that is seen as an attack on the LGBTQ community.
After almost 15 years in the industry, the indie punk band famous for songs like “Situasi”, “Prom Queen” and “Silly Lilly” has released a new song. The song, calling out corruption and asking “mana semua duit rakyat”/”where is the peoples’ money?”, comes at a time when Malaysia is facing political turmoil with the sudden resignation of the Prime Minister. Netizens were quick to catch and comment on the controversial line “LGBT boleh pergi mampus”, translated to mean “LGBT can do die”. Suffice to say, people are not happy.
Though this might come as a surprise to some – there are people supporting the song on the basis that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, even applauding the bands brave front. Meanwhile, we cannot discredit the fact that this support could be more for the political nuance behind the song than the one controversial line – as they have previously sung about change in songs like “Situasi” (“Mengharapkan sesuatu yang baru; Itulah impian aku”/ “Hoping for something new; that is my dream”.).
As of this morning, the lyric video is still available on Youtube, despite netizens petitioning for it to be removed. It has more than 325,000 views and counting. The song has racked up 37,000 likes and 2,000 dislikes. Is the phrase “bad publicity is better than no publicity” at work here?
But, let’s face it, it’s 2020 and people are becoming more aware of the hate already present in the world; do we really need to add fuel to the fire?