The Purple One recently sat down with the UK’s Guardian newspaper for a chat, in which he revealed how much he enjoys visiting Muslim countries.  “It’s fun being in Islamic countries, to know there’s only one religion. There’s order. You wear a burqa. There’s no choice. People are happy with that.” As the Guardian points out, the now-Jehovah’s Witness singer’s views sound jarring coming from the same person who’s “Darling Nikki” inspired Tipper Gore to start the Parents Music Resource Center (from whence the ‘parental advisory’ stickers were born).

When reminded of the women who challenge their required Islamic garb, Prince said “There are people who are unhappy with everything. There’s a dark side to everything…If I go to a place where I don’t feel stressed and there’s no car alarms and airplanes overhead, then you understand what noise pollution is. Noise is a society that has no God, that has no glue. We can’t do what we want to do all the time. If you don’t have boundaries, what then?”

He later added “My view of the world, you can debate that forever. But I’m a musician – come to the show for that.”

Okey doke. Prince will be touring Europe this summer, but also plans to meet with President Obama to discuss piracy; the artist has been a vocal critic of digital music, most especially the rampant downloading that costs musicians millions of dollars in profits each year.

“Nobody’s making money now except phone companies, Apple and Google,” he told The Guardian.

 

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  • Jade

    The fact that some women believe that they must cover what makes them distinctly and uniquely woman in order to be seen as a full fledge human being with intellect speaks volumes.

    Remember, just because there is a cultural practice in a certain region does not mean everyone agrees with said practice.

  • trace21

    The fact that some women believe that they must expose what makes them distinctly and uniquely women in order to be seen as a full fledged human being with intellect/and or sex appeal speaks volumes.

    so you see it seems that no matter what a woman does whether she chooses to cover herself, or expose herself, it will always seem as though she is not in control.

    just to stir the pot a bit =)

    • Dave

      you expressed what i felt in a way i am not eloquent enough to duplicate.
      you’re comment is brilliant and attempts to lead this conversation down a road that leads to understanding.

      stir the pot, improve the stew. well done.

  • AustralianGirl

    @trace21, good point.

    While the burqua doesn’t sit comfortably with me, I don’t believe our Western society ‘liberates’ women, by encouraging/pressuring them to expose their se…xual parts.
    Forever trying to please the ‘male gaze’. Women are only valuable insofar as they’re young and hot.

    I think the Muslim hijab women wear is a great balance between the two extremes. Or simply dressing modestly.
    While I don’t entirely agree with other aspects of Islamic cultures, I admire the hijab.

  • Samira

    For clarification, let me say that my comment will NOT use the word burqa. The burqa is the blue material that Afghan women wear that totally covers the face and has a little mesh part for the eyes. I will use the word niqab as it’s the one that covers the face and leaves space for eyes which is what is currently banned in France.

    The niqab is a hot topic of discussion and we can talk about it for days on end. However, as a Muslim woman who is currently living in Egypt, I can really say that the niqab is not a problem at all. Fair enough that some women are forced to wear it in places like Afghanistan but, that’s the only place that comes to mind when it comes to countries that enforce a code of conduct in terms of covering the face. In fact, Afghanistan USED to previously do that when the Taliban were in power but now a new government, women can even walk around with their hair uncovered.

    Saudi Arabia is another country tarred with the brush that the government forces women to wear the niqab. That really isn’t the case; in Saudi, it’s more of a cultural thing and the majority of women do cover their face however, my mother, a woman in her late 40’s lives there and walks around without her face covered and she has yet to have anybody lash her or stone her for choosing to not cover her face.

    I’m now living in Egypt which is one of the most liberal Arab countries such as countries like Palestine, Lebanon and Syria. The dress code isn’t even a topic of discussion in this part of the world. You see women here wearing short girls and they’re walking next to a woman wearing a niqab. In the Muslim world, we don’t always have discussions about the unfortunate case of the Western woman and how she faces peer pressure to conform to societies standards by getting a boob job and we don’t have discussions about the dress code of Muslim women. We co-exist and it really isn’t a problem here so I don’t see why people are ALWAYS talking about the way Muslim women dress. All those women are doing is exercising their free will to dress however they see fit and that’s it.

    I also have a suggestion to make to a lot of women, instead of just taking the media for what it is and believing that Muslim women are oppressed, try to reach out to Muslim women and actually ASK them how they feel about the way they dress. I’m sure they’ll tell you that it’s not a big of a fuss as non-Muslim’s make it out to be.

    Thanks

    • Samira

      short skirts *

  • I love Prince with all my heart but he’s not the most insightful…

    Here’s me shoting him out on his bday:

    http://sisterescape.blogspot.com/2011/06/happy-birthday-you-sexy-motherfcker.html