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Saturday, November 12, 2011
The Mixtape: Allkpop’s Top 10 Banned Songs by the MOGEF
Welcome to ‘The Mixtape‘, a special bi-weekly feature that brings you the best K-Pop playlists! We’ll be sharing songs that we think you guys should really check out, and possibly introduce you to some great tracks that you might not have heard before – all of which surrounds a special theme.
As K-Pop continues to grow and expand, we’re finding our favorite artists experimenting with more mature themes and content in their music. Unfortunately, those who go a little too far with their creativity get branded with the infamous ban from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF), which restricts younger audiences from purchasing and being exposed to these ‘harmful’ songs.
While we can understand why certain songs get restricted from younger audiences, there are definitely more moments where we just shake our heads and think that the MOGEF’s reasons are outright ridiculous. For the first time, we’re finding more and more songs getting censored and subsequently re-released with alternative lyrics, just so that the song will pass regulations for public broadcast and promotions.
So, here’s a playlist of our favorite “forbidden” K-Pop songs. Some, but not all, of these tracks have not had their ban lifted, so if you’re sensitive to issues regarding sex, alcohol, drug use, or unconventional dating, this playlist may not be for you.
But who are we kidding? You guys are probably more interested now, so check out our mixtape below!
✪ B2ST – “On Rainy Days” ✪
Just like with 2PM, the MOGEF banned B2ST’s “On Rainy Days” because of references to alcohol. “I should stop drinking, I think I’m drunk” was the controversial line, which the MOGEF argued created an image that encouraged underage teens to drink as well.
You’d think that with the line literally stating, “I should stop drinking“, it would communicate that drinking isn’t doing anyone any favors.