Metropolis in Mexico Bans Performances of Songs With Misogynistic Lyrics

Fed up with persistent violence, officers within the metropolis of Chihuahua in northern Mexico authorised a ban final week forbidding musical acts from performing songs with lyrics that degrade ladies.

Mayor Marco Bonilla of Chihuahua mentioned in an video replace final week that the regulation banned the efficiency of songs that “promote violence towards ladies” or encourage their discrimination, marginalization or exclusion.

Mr. Bonilla mentioned that those that violate the ban might face fines starting from 674,000 pesos to 1.2 million pesos, or between about $39,000 and $71,000.

The Metropolis Council authorised the ban unanimously on Wednesday amid an increase in killings of ladies throughout Mexico in recent times, and as Chihuahua, a metropolis of about 940,000 residents, is battling its personal instances of violence towards ladies. Just lately, Mr. Bonilla mentioned, about seven out of 10 calls to 911 in Chihuahua have concerned instances of home violence, significantly towards ladies.

“Violence towards ladies has reached ranges that we might contemplate like a pandemic,” he mentioned. “We are able to’t permit this to occur, and we can also’t permit this to be normalized.”

It was unclear from his message who would impose the fines or how the ban on misogynistic lyrics could be enforced. Cash raised from the fines shall be channeled to a ladies’s institute in Chihuahua and a confidential ladies’s shelter, mentioned Blanca Patricia Ulate Bernal, a Chihuahua metropolis councilwoman who proposed the ban.

Ms. Ulate Bernal mentioned in a publish on Fb final week that the regulation will apply to live shows and occasions within the metropolis that require a municipal allow. She added that the ban would assist be certain that ladies have the proper “to take pleasure in a life freed from violence.”

Mr. Bonilla, Ms. Ulate Bernal and different council members didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

The lyrics ban was handed a couple of month after Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, criticized songs often called corridos tumbados, or lure ballads, whose lyrics glorify drug smugglers and violence.

“We’re by no means going to censor anybody,” Mr. López Obrador mentioned at a information convention in June. “They’ll sing what they need, however we’re not going to remain quiet.”

The approval of the ban is just not the primary time the town of Chihuahua has taken a powerful stance towards the efficiency of sure songs. Citing excessive ranges of drug violence, Chihuahua banned the long-running band Los Tigres del Norte in 2012 after a live performance throughout which the group carried out three songs often called narcocorridos, which rejoice the exploits of drug traffickers. The town additionally fined the live performance organizers 20,000 pesos, or about $1,600, on the time.