Then they should attack the content of the music and not the art form itself. But we both know they won't do that. Also, you don't have to educate me on what explicit rap is......I'm no dummy when it comes to hiphop and rap music. I was raised up with rap music most of my life..........I know how bad it can be, but I also know how good it can be as well. Like I said before.......it's about the people who do it, and not necessarily the art form itself. We have rap songs up here about shooting police, crime, sex, violence.......etc.
When I was in the 10th grade I once recorded two songs in the house of a local Pittsburgh rapper named P.O.J.back then in the Wilkinsburg/Larmer area of Pittsburgh. And we were also cool with another local rapper back then from Homewood....another place in Pittsburgh. They were very explicit about killing cops, robbing drug dealers/selling drugs, and having sex. Christian rap is what got me out of all that(when I was in the 11th grade). And so I know how bad rap can be. It's not just a problem in Brazil.
It's good that Brazil wants to clean up some stuff, but they are going about it the wrong way. If they really want to clean up their act, then they should allow churches to evangelize in the ghettos of Brazil. And they should Be more sophisticated by banning the content instead of the artform itself.
Also, you shouldn't be so shocked at their music.......they are partially a product of their environment. It's no secret that Brazil was/is an extremely racist and bigoted country. When you oppress a people group then they will lash out. And when you put drugs in the community then the hedonism and baseness is only gonna get worse, and when the churches aren't reaching out to them then what do you expect to happen? People need a moral center, and when you take that away from them, then they get worse.
But the problem in Brazil isn't just with the people that look like me......yes I'm black........the problem is widespread in Brazil. Brazil is an extremely sexual country, and the problem is not just in the ghettos of Brazil. It's widespread!
Brazil racist? A place where many black people have over 50% of their DNA from Europe and 80% of whites have African DNA? A place where far over 50% of the population is some kind of mestizo between blacks, whites and indians and not unconmonly all the three? A place where it is not rare to have family like mine with a cousin who is blond, white with blue eyes, another that has brown skin and straight black indian hair and mulatos? A place where "my blacky" is equivalent to "my sweetheart" or "honey" among some spouses?
There is a very big difference between a vice existing somewhere and it being an institutionalized part of that society. While the South of the U.S. had the Klan - and not even at this level of organization this means that being a Southern means being racist - during the Brazilian Gold Rush in th 18th century we had black men *and* women being owners of lands and of slaves. We had entire RC congregations made of black people and even one of the Wise Men was usually painted as black. When the country got independent from Portugal, one of the most important literary works that was written in the mood of constructing a national identity was "O Guarani" about an indian as a reference about what being Brazilian was about.
As for a sexualized country, that's just plain stereotyping that is constructed mainly from the (criminal) tourist point of view. The same girl who wears a bikini at the beach gets scandalized when she hears about topless in Europe. And this is not fictitious, it's a comment some female friends I have have made.
As for the excuse of "social conditions", the vast majority of the people in the slums are good decent Evangelicals, most commonly from the Assembly of God or something similar, probably way more conservative than even me. People dance the way they do, sing about what they do, for exactly the same reason some wealthy kids engage in equally reproachable and vulgar activities.
And, no, there is no radical difference between form and content. That is gnosticism. This is something that at least Orthodoxes who study icon theology should understand. Form and content are like body and spirit, seperable only in abstraction. These are violent, aggressive rythms. Good words make things better, but don't solve the problem. It's like using a half-naked model posing for chatisty ads.
And concerning ethnic origins, my mother's side of the family come from the Northeast and both indian and black features are common in the family as they are in that region. Yet, it's from my mother's side that I get my surname "Lins" which is of German origin. My father is Portuguese from the North side of the country, where blond hair and blue eyes are common and where Celts and Visigoths mixed. Yet, black hair and brown eyes are common which suggest mix with the South where the Moors were for so long in Portugal. At the same time, the surname of my father's side is typical of the New Christians, that is, Jews who were forced to pretend to be Christians.
So, there you go. I'm a white-black-indian-moor-german-jew-celt-luso-Brazilian. And each Brazilian can tell a similar story with a similarly wide pool of mixture. Oh my, even during slavery - which by the way was ended *mainly* due to white-lead abolitionists, among whom the very Imperial Family - even during slavery we had the image of the "black mother" who would basically be a black preceptor of the house lord, to the point she would even breastfeed their children and tell them her stories. Now, which Klan member or Nazi would give their "pure" race child to a black woman to breastfeed?
So just to organize the thoughts:
Concerning music: content is important, but more so is form - which in the case of music is the rythm and melody. If improving the words - which speak to the rational aspect of the mind mainly - the more so is improving the rythm. It's like going "Death Wish" to "Ostrov".
Concerning censorship: We don't allow harmful food to be produced. There are way too many cultural products that acting in the spirit through form should be prohibitted too. To be cultural is not sufficient reason. Some cultures *are* pernicious. Culture is not something sacred that can't be touched, changed or put aside.
Concerning racism and oversexualization in Brazil: Stereotypes, like the wise Chinese, the phleumatic British, the flamboyant French and the imperialistic American. The basis on reality of the steoreotype are way to thin to justify it.
Concerning social environment: It influences but doesn't define. Evil, crime and sin exist in all economical and social levels because these people choose so. Poverty does not lead to crime or sin. *That* is one of the greatest prejudices of modern times.
Concerning races: They don't exist. Period. Not for me, not for you. I wouldn't be surprised that a thourough study of your DNA showed influences from many regions of the globe.
About using rap and/or similar things to convert. I know from my own experience that when we are in the middle of the swamp, coming out of it takes a lot of steps into ever shallower mud, but mud nevertheless. One of the things that first made me look in a different perspective to Christianity was "Jesus Christ Superstar". Today I wouldn't waste my time watching it again, so full it is of traps. As St. Paul said, when we mature a bit, we should leave the "things of children" behind. I invite you to consider that it may be time for you to go even further in your experience of Christ, but for that you will have to leave behind some of these things, specially if they are linked with your sense of identity.