USA: Christian retailer pulls rap album from shelves over offensive word


Christian retailer LifeWay dropped Christian rapper Sho Baraka’s latest album ‘The Narrative’ from its stores after customers complained about offensive language, specifically the word “penis” in the album’s final song, reported The Washington Post on 8 February 2017.

“Like any retailer, LifeWay has a responsibility not to carry resources with content our customers consider inappropriate,” spokesperson Marty King told the newspaper. “After receiving complaints about some language in The Narrative cd, LifeWay decided to no longer carry it.”

The rapper explained that the song in question was about how he used to live a life that wasn’t monogamous and that the song actually focuses on the positive force God has had in his life.

He added that LifeWay seemed to have a double standard as it carries other products, specifically books that make reference to the same body part using the same word he used in his song.


Photo: Sho Baraka/Facebook


Sources

» YouTube – 10 February 2017
Sho Baraka responds to the LifeWay decision

» The Washington Post – 8 February 2017
Southern Baptist retailer removes black hip-hop artist’s album that includes the word ‘penis’

» The Christian Post – 8 February 2017
LifeWay removes rapper Sho Baraka’s album from stores over the word ‘penis’


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