ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Women Against Rape (WAR) has taken issue with veteran soca band Onyan and the Burning Flames over this year’s tune entitled Kick Een She Back Doh. The local women’s advocacy group called for the catchy Carnival melody to be banned from the airwaves.
“Unacceptable” and ‘extremely offensive” are words President Alexandrina Wong used to describe the lyrics of the tune. She said she has been approached by members of the group as well as the general public on the matter.
“It speaks to violence. Kicking down speaks to violence. It alludes to a non-consensual behaviour. If you don’t get it in the front door, if you don’t get it in the side door, kick down the back door. So what it is basically saying is resort to physical violence in order to achieve whatever. To put it frankly, the song encourages rape,” Wong said.
The Flames are no to strangers to suggestive lyrics and innuendoes, as chronicled by songs like Swinging Engine and Chook and Dig, but this particular tune has ruffled more than a few feathers.
Wong also noted that while Carnival songs are traditionally sexual in nature, this song adds a different element because it promotes illegal activity.
“It implies anal sex and according to the laws of Antigua & Barbuda, anal sex, whether in the public or the private sphere is illegal. It strongly suggests that type of behaviour; rape and or buggery.”
Without speaking directly to censorship, Wong asked for a review of future songs before their release.
“It’s not (about) what musicians like,” she maintained. “It’s what’s best for the women and families in Antigua & Barbuda and it’s time we take a step back to see how we’ve done things in the past and how it affected the society at large,” the women’s advocate said.
WAR is also calling upon the Minister responsible for Gender Affairs, Dr Jacqui Quinn- Leandro and Minister of Information & Technology, Dr Edmond Mansoor, to take the necessary steps to ensure that the nation’s media houses and all “agencies connected with the media and carnival immediately stop playing the song in public.”
Asked to comment on the controversy, the Burning Flames front man was terse in his response.
“I don’t have to justify anything to anybody,” he told OBSERVER Media. “If they want to ban the song then ban it,” Onyan declared.
(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)