Honey Singh disowns offensive lyrics, may file defamation suit

By Hindustan Times

Rapper Honey Singh, who was forced to cancel his scheduled New Year's Eve show following protests in the backdrop of gangrape incident, on Tuesday sought to wash his hands off the controversy triggered by offensive lyrics in some of his songs. Honey Singh, who has sung for several Bollywood movies, said he had not authored the lyrics that are being attributed to him.

The lyrics have been termed offensive towards women by activists, who have started an online campaign against Singh. An FIR has also been lodged against the rapper in Lucknow. When contacted Singh's manager Anup Kumar claimed that the Gurgaon show was cancelled not because of the protests but in solidarity with the Delhi gangrape victim.

"We did not cancel the show because of this petition and FIR. We cancelled it in the wake of Delhi gangrape issue. This is not the first concert we are cancelling in Delhi after that horrific incident. We had also cancelled our much publicised December 25 event," Kumar said.

Bristol Hotel, however, disputed Honey Singh's version, saying it was the management and not Singh, who decided to cancel the performance. Singh has also issued a public notice claiming that he is not the author of those lyrics. "Honey Singh wishes to clarify through this notice that he has no connection whatsoever with the said songs. My client has already written to various digital platforms to immediately take down the video/songs and is also considering appropriate legal action for defamation, loss of reputation and violation of privacy," a notice by lawyer Pragyan Pradip Sharma, on behalf of Singh, read.

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Popular youth icon Yo Yo Honey Singh came under the scanner for his misogynistic lyrics. A petition filed by Kalpana Misra via Change.org appealed for a ban on the Punjabi rapper's New Year's eve performance. The International Villager, as he likes to call himself, cancelled his performance at Hotel Bristol in Gurgaon yesterday.

There's a song by the name of Main Hoon Balaatkari, reportedly penned down by him. Read the lyrics that form the centre of this controversy:

The lyrics of the song C***:
Aja teri ch*** maroon
Tere sir se chu**** ka bhoot utaroon
Cho**** key baad tujhe jutey maroon
Tere mooh main apna l*** dey key mo*** maroon (yeah)

The literal translation of the song roughly comes to this:
Come, I'll f*** you,
Exorcise you of the ghost of getting f*****,
After f****** you, I'll hit you with a shoe,
I'd put my d*** in your mouth, and then p*** on you

Yes, those are the lyrics of the song and the video features skimpily clad women who look all to happy to oblige Mr Honey Singh. After reading it we hope you will sign the petition, which had garnered 742 supporters when we last checked has been going viral on the social networking sites. Sign the petition here

Honey Singh Trashers
Twitter veterans with a number of followers seemed to support the petition unanimously, even lambasting the 28-year-old rapper and equating his lyrics to 'Rape Rap'. These tweets were the top ones that featured in the search.

Journalist Seema Goswami directly linked the lyrics to violence agaist women to as she wrote, "All those telling us to *ignore* Honey Singh's *rape rap* do remember that this kind of misogyny is what results in violence against women." Nilanjana Roy posted a link to the petition, tweeting: Why women don't want to celebrate the new year with Honey Singh: Neha Kaul's petition...

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