Germany's Echo Awards are in a bit of an uproar currently. Several artists have returned their awards after two rappers who have rapped about having “bodies more defined than Auschwitz inmates” won. BMG, the company that distributes Kollegah and Farid Bang will spearhead a campaign against antisemitism as a result of this.
April 12, a speaker received standing ovation after disavowing the rappers who have reportedly praised the coming of a new Holocaust. The rappers themselves, who happen to be Muslims, feel their lyrics have been misinterpreted. The Echo Awards previously went to best selling albums, but since this event the awards committee are considering finding a new way to choose winners to prevent such a happening. Just like with AI bot Tay or the "name your Mountain Dew flavor" campaign, it's been shown time and time again that left to their own devices people just don't always practice democracy in the way the powers that be might prefer they do.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"Mountain Dew: Hitler Did Nothing Wrong." Online contest goes hilariously, predictably wrong: <a href="http://t.co/TiQ5l8Fl">http://t.co/TiQ5l8Fl</a> - thx <a href="https://twitter.com/squoose?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@squoose</a></p>— Rob Sheridan (@rob_sheridan) <a href="https://twitter.com/rob_sheridan/status/235846441166307328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 15, 2012</a></blockquote>
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BMG has thus far pledged $123,000 to a campaign that would teach schoolchildren about anti-Semitism. Perhaps they could take a lesson from France where children are tasked with choosing a child who died in the Holocaust to learn about.
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BMG has been in full damage control and are more than happy to help combat the "disturbing rise in anti-Semitism in Germany."
“Recent news reports have produced shocking evidence of a new wave of antisemitism in German schools,” read a statement by BMG Worldwide CEO Hartwig Masuch. “BMG is utterly opposed to antisemitism.”
Masuch, however denies that Kollegah and Farid are anti-Semitic.
“Kollegah and Farid Bang have repeatedly made it clear on the internet and speaking in public that they are not antisemitic, and they have apologized for any distress caused by the lyrics in question,” he said. “BMG stands for values such as artistic freedom, creativity and diversity.”