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October 23 2017 | 8:06am AET

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Zartir Vortyag music video - banned in Lebanon


Eileen Khatchadourian's music video Zartir Vortyag.


Popular music and controversy are part of the same fabric that fashions the world of entertainment; they seem to go hand-in-hand. Witness the origins of Punk and Madonna’s track record with controversy and uber-consumerism. As the Grunge Rockers did in the 90s and rappers continued over the past ten years, the most recent sensationalism comes courtesy of Lady Gaga. However, one wouldn’t imagine that an Armenian music video of the popular folk song “Zartir Vortyag” would be banned in Lebanon – a country built by and home to the descendants of Armenian Genocide survivors.

Lebanese-Armenian performer Eileen Khatchadourian and her team produced the music video in time for the 95th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. However, the Lebanese government raised concerns that the music video calling for a Genocide Era uprising would be offensive to Turkishness and Turkish diplomats in Lebanon.


 
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