x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Violent rap lyrics contribute to a warped mindset

The entertainment industry should stop embracing offenders, a reader says. Other topics: the visa amnesty, leadership and bad driving.

A reader is appalled by the violent lyrics sung by Indian rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh. Narinder Nanu / AFP
A reader is appalled by the violent lyrics sung by Indian rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh. Narinder Nanu / AFP

'Explicit' singer's show cancelled in backlash after New Delhi gang rape (January 2) is very disturbing.

I am appalled at the explicit threat, "I will take your life", made in the song by Indian rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh.

Of course, American rap artists have been glorifying violence, including violence against women, for many years. Several of them have seen the inside of a prison cell for living out their lyrics.

The entertainment industry bears a big responsibility for embracing this criminal culture, simply in the name of selling music and movies.

Take, for instance, the fact that Hollywood studios are now affording star treatment to former boxer Mike Tyson, a convicted rapist.

Meanwhile, popular websites and magazines are running stories about the rekindled romance between Chris Brown and Rihanna, the woman he assaulted. This unhealthy relationship should not be glorified.

It's one thing to defend movie violence on the grounds that audiences can distinguish fiction from fact, but it is an entirely different thing to defend people who openly advocate or practise violence in their real lives.

Charles Bryant, Abu Dhabi

Amnesty offer is worth taking up

I am writing in reference to the editorial A flexible approach to worker amnesty (December 31).

National embassies have an important role to play in monitoring the number of people working in foreign countries.

At the same time, workers have a responsibility to respect and follow the laws of where they live.

People who are in the UAE illegally should make use of the amnesty offered by the government, or take steps to legalise their stay.

Ramachandran Nair, Oman

Thankful for many acts of kindness

As somebody who came to work in the UAE almost exactly 12 months ago, I would like to acknowledge all those who have made my stay enjoyable and educational.

So much is said about the Arab world in the West, but I have discovered that so little of it is true.

I have experienced only kindness and encouragement since I have been here, and I have always felt safe and secure.

Certainly, there have been some frustrations, but these have almost always come down to my lack of understanding, or my absence of patience. Getting my mind around the traditions and customs of the UAE has been a priority in the time I have been here.

As a new year begins, I want to thank all the friends I have made here in Dubai and beyond, and say how much I am looking forward to further exploring this fascinating part of the world and its culture. Brian Johnson, Dubai

Encouraging the drive to improve

Note to self: must drive better in 2013 (January2) was interesting.

It seems that many people are well aware of their bad motoring habits, yet they have difficulty in correcting them.

Perhaps a strong driver-education campaign, in which the tragic consequence of bad driving are spelt out, would help them.

We all need reminding that we take the lives of ourselves and others in our hands when we get behind the wheel.

James Davey, Dubai

An example of good leadership

Honour Dubai's workers, Sheihk Mohammed urges (December 31) refers to a very noble gesture.

It is a sign of a good leader to recognise and help our fellow men and women who may be less fortunate than we are.

Randall Mohammed, Dubai


Caring attitude is not always shared

I am a security guard who works in a commercial centre, where I stand for 11 hours a day.

I give help to everyone who comes into the building. I greet them and push open the heavy doors of the building for everyone, from tourists to pizza-delivery men.

I give every customer the care I am paid to give them.

However, when I went to a concert last year, I was pinpointed by the security guards and questioned about how I got into the arena. It seemed to them that I could not afford a ticket.

On New Year's Eve, two security guards at a venue took the trouble to inform me about the entrance fee and the price of the drinks.

Meanwhile, three other men found their way into the venue without a word being said to them.

To do my job, I have had to take classes and sit for tests. I have been taught about bias, stereotypes, racism and all forms of discrimination.

Because of this, I expected to be treated better by other security guards, but I was wrong.

B Aliganyira, Dubai