With the release of their new single ‘Deutschland’, which racked up 25 million hits on YouTube in the first week, comes with it the ever so enjoyable presence of social media’s well versed critical opinion. It’s now part of the artist journey thanks to the apparently wonderful age of technology. Just the thought of having to read some of the absolute trash people seem to think is acceptable on social networking sights just begs for a meteor to destroy the Earth.
One of those people included a journalist at Kerrang! Magazine. In an article listing ‘6 things we want from the new Rammstein album’ they actually stated that Rammstein should release at least one song in English. No.
This isn’t just about Rammstein releasing music with German lyrics, this is about the arrogance of western society. Mainly, English speaking western society. This issue is deeply rooted within the United Kingdom and The United States, where a large proportion of their citizens just assume the entire world speaks English, and that everyone should learn English and speak English also.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, English people expect all foreign people to just automatically speak English when they are in the UK or USA. So let me get this straight, you expect everyone to speak English when they visit the UK or USA, however, you don’t think you should speak their native tongue when you visit theirs?
It’s the arrogance that a band from Germany, that speak German should release music in an entirely different language just because ignorant uncultured people can’t be bothered to learn about 50 words in another language so they can sing along. This is the same arrogance that is deeply rooted in most of English culture. The ‘You’re in England you should speak English’ mindset. Let’s point out that many people that come to the UK speak more than one language, and most people in mainland Europe also speak more than one language. How many do you speak? English and ignorant? Sadly, ignorant is not a globally recognised language.
If anything, in the United Kingdom especially, being such a multicultural country that it apparently is, English people should be learning the basics of mainland European languages such as French, German, Spanish, Italian and others.
If British people knew even for one second what it feels like to live in a Country where people don’t speak your mother tongue, yet you’re ridiculed for trying to speak theirs, they would soon stop telling Foreign bands and people to speak English.
Ironic I had to write this in English though...Men jag talar lite Svenska så….
I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!CONTACT ME HERE
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