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Modern Armenia » 2010 » June


  •    Homophobic music video by Armenian band VO.X disguised under “progressive ideas”   

    When I first read about this new music video by partly British based Armenian band VO.X and then saw it on Facebook, I was intrigued to check it out, as the premise of the video – the way it was described – sounded interesting: ‘important social messages communicated via Britpop style Armenian music band’. However, when I watched it, my main conclusion was that this is homophobic music video disguised under ‘progressive ideas’. Here is an example of that “progressive idea”: homosexuality is a “perversion” by crossing over pictures with gay and lesbian persons. This reduced the value of all other messages, however important they may sound, like human trafficking or poverty, to zero.
    Shame, really.

    Personal or religious beliefs cannot be considered as an excuse for spreading hate and homophobia. And no, this has nothing to do whatsoever with the concept of freedom of speech. Do not even get me started with the lamest ‘I can’t be a homophobe as I have gay friends’ line.

    As this group is partly British-based, I do hope that the British embassy in Armenia and British Council will not support any event or performance with VO.X.

    Tags: Armenia, VO

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