Chinese authorities have
banned a song by Hong Kong pop superstar Faye Wong because its lyrics contained
references to opium, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.
Government censors objected to one line in the song "In the Name of Love"
from Wong's forthcoming album, "To Love." The line in question says
"opium is sweet and warm."
"Relevant departments banned
this because they thought the lyrics were too decadent and will influence
the health of young people," Xinhua reported. The Chinese Ministry
of Culture reviews all song lyrics for albums to be released in the country.
According to the Associated
Press, which picked up the Xinhua report, Chinese communist leaders view
references to opium as symbolic of the country's domination by Westerners.
The era of Western domination of China began with the Opium Wars of the
1840s, in which British traders, backed by the crown, forced the Chinese
to accept opium imports from India.
A spokesperson for Xinsuo
Music Company, which will distribute the album in China, told AP the album
would be released without the offending track. The album goes on
sale throughout Asia starting this month. The Chinese-born Wong is
often the country's hottest selling female vocalist, but she won't be singing
for her countrymen about the poppy's sweetness and warmth.
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