Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Double Edged Saif

I was hoping this controversy was going to fly under the radar of the general public, but it looks like it's hit the wire:
One of the fall's most anticipated video games for the PlayStation 3, Sony's "LittleBigPlanet," had to be yanked from shelves at the last minute Monday because it might accidentally offend Muslims.
The controversy is that since the song had lines from the Koran in it then Muslims, always looking for an excuse to be offended, would riot in the street while no doubt burning American and Israeli flags despite the fact that the developer is British and the publisher is Japanese.

However, I had another thought after I heard more about the song's artist:
"It's quite normal to play music and be inspired by the words of the Prophet Mohammed," said Diabaté, himself a Muslim. "It's my way to attract and inspire people towards Islam."
Sony simply wasn't going to win on this one. They were either going to be accused of blasphemy and/or protelyzing, best to dump the track and continue down the road with everyone else in pursuit of creating bland, multicultural entertainment products.

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