JAKARTA: Bruno Mars launched a full Twitter protest over Indonesia's most populated province and restricted some of its biggest hits. It was fun in megastar music partner Ed Sheeran.
The West Java broadcasting commission decided this month that 17 foreign songs could only be played on air waves between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 a. M., Quoting moral problems.
Restricted titles include the Grammy Award winner Mars Thatcher's What I Like and Versace on the Floor, Ed Sheeran megahit, Shape of You and Love Me Harder by Ariana Grande.
"I was poppin in Indonesia! So here are @edsheeran with their sick and perverted songs. We're really grateful!" Said funk revivalist to its 42 million Twitter followers this week.
Aside from, Indonesia is drafting a national law that tries to ban content of blasphemous and "pornographic" music, which causes concerns about freedom of expression in the largest Muslim nation in the world.
Responding to the tweet of the American singer, the head of the transmission commission Dedeh Fardiah said that Mars "may not have understood the context" of the new rules.
The commission, he said, responded to complaints from local residents in West Java, which has about 48 million people and is one of the most conservative provinces in Indonesia.
"After a review, we think that the lyrics of the songs (restricted) violate the rules that say that the programs can not transmit material (between 3 and 10 in the morning) that they have sexual and obscene content, or that it involves sexual activity," Fardiah told AFP.
Some foreign artists were occasionally found in the cross hairs of the religious or fallen conservatives of the Indonesian censors.
Last year, a television ad with members of the K-pop Blackpink supergroup dressed in minisaias was banned because the National Broadcasting Commission considered it indecent.