Here are reactions to the online debate

Ballermann’s controversial hit “Layla” has been at the top of the German charts for several weeks. Around the text of the song that tells the story of a “brothel”, a discussion about sexism broke out that has consequences. The cities of Würzburg and Düsseldorf do not want the song to be played at one of their folklore festivals. The radio station only wants to play this song on weekends after 10pm – and it gets a storm for it. An internet petition for a song started and even Justice Minister Marco Buschmann took the floor. In short: Layla shares minds and also leads to heated discussions on the Internet. These are the reactions on Twitter.

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Is it proportional?

Some users criticize the proportionality of the indignation. The editor of “Tagesspiegel” points out in a tweet that “Layla” would not be so criticized if the text was in English:

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Other users refer to songs with similarly critical lyrics. The politician Konstantin von Notz (Die Grünen) writes about the texts: “It must be endured in a free society. I am reminded of the debate about Jeanny Falco.

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Youtuber izzi, whose real name is Alexander Overath, joins the discussion and refers to other genres of music: “Layla will be banned and Schlager is officially more difficult than German rap in 2022.”

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Which Layla?

Different text, same name. This prompted some users to revisit the classic ’70s Layla by Eric Clapton: “Anyone who thinks of Ballermann and not Eric Clapton when thinking of Layla must urgently consider where he went wrong in his life.”

Particularly outrageous was the decision not to perform the song at the folklore festival in Würzburg, and later also in Düsseldorf. Even Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann joined the debate and tweeted: A government ban is “one too many”.

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Social media lawyer Chan-jo Jun criticizes this post from a legal point of view: he explains that there was never an official ban on entering the city of Würzburg, only a request. In a video with over 6,500 clicks, he states that he checked it out on the site. He further explains that the city of Würzburg, which was the organizer of a given festival, could decide which songs would be played. So it is a decision, but not an official ban.

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Another tweet also criticizes this aspect. One user writes: “If the decision not to play content at a trade show / fair is already a ban, I can say: my books are banned from the Oktoberfest! The organizer does not allow them to read.

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#freelayla: Ikke Hipgold starts the petition

The producer of the song is Ikke Hipgold. The pop singer launched an online petition for the song “Layla”. He showed up on Instagram with a serious expression and the #freelayla sign. “Against Censorship! For life after Corona! For artistic freedom! For freedom and freedom of expression, ‘wrote the musician.

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He later commented on the “Layla” debate. He jokingly told the newspaper Bild: “I hope the Foreign Ministry around Ms. Baerbock will also get involved. Because it looks like “Layla” will be an international topic – a global debate. We are ready for any state party, also with Mr. Biden. “

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Musicians don’t understand the excitement

In the hit Ballermann DJ Robin & Schürze, which is currently number one on the German charts, we read, among others: “I have a brothel and my brothel mom’s name is Layla. She is prettier, younger, more horny (…) Beautiful Layla, horny Layla. This female dog Layla, our Layla (…). “

DJ Robin can’t understand the excitement, there’s no sexism in the song. “People used to sing” the scandal in the restricted area “or” we’re going to a brothel in Barcelona “, the newspaper” Bild “quotes him. “Layla”, Schürze’s colleague agreed: “For me personally, the song is not sexist, as some people say. Nobody will be offended and this is the most important fact in the discussion.”

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