BBC ‘glamorises sexual exploitation’ by promoting Asian grime star’s song boasting about making prostitution and drug cash from ‘white girls’
- Frenzo Harami talks about ‘trapping’ in the song – street slang for selling drugs
- Calls himself a pimp and boasts of having a ‘white girl I called a cash machine’
- Song played on the BBC Asian Network by the influential DJ Bobby Friction
- BBC said it had been played in error and would not appear again on its stations
The BBC has been accused of ‘glamorising sexual exploitation’ by promoting a grime star’s song boasting about using ‘white girls’ to sell drugs and sex.
Frenzo Harami, who is of Asian heritage and from east London, says in one lyric, ‘I had a white girl I used to call a cash machine, I got 20 white girls and they will trap for me’. Trap is slang for selling drugs.
The track, Chaabian Boyz, was played on the BBC’s Asian Network by DJ Bobby Friction, and also includes Harami calling himself a ‘pimp’.
Frenzo Harami, who is of Asian heritage and from east London, says in one the track (pictured), ‘I had a white girl I used to call a cash machine, I got 20 white girls and they will trap for me’. Trap is slang for selling drugs
Chris Tuck, from the Survivors of Abuse charity, told The Times: ‘I do not think it’s appropriate for any individual or group to promote the exploitation of women of any race.’
The song, Chaabian Boyz, was played on the BBC’s Asian Network by DJ Bobby Friction, (pictured) and also includes Harami calling himself a ‘pimp’
The BBC and other mainstream music outlets have regularly come in for criticism for playing music that appears to promote gangster lifestyles.
Last year, a rapper from Birmingham accused corporation bosses of fuelling ‘black-on-black’ violence by playing drill music linked to gang violence.
Also in 2018, DJ Tim Westwood – who spent almost two decades at the BBC – was named in a leaked Metropolitan Police document which identified at least 32 clips on his YouTube channel that could potentially incite violence.
At the time, a spokeswoman for Westwood said the DJ ‘does not condone, encourage or glamorise violence’ and ‘does not support or promote violent drill music on TimWestwoodTV’.
The BBC said: ‘A version of the track which did not meet our editorial standards was played on Asian Network produced shows, in error. The song will not be played on any future shows.’
Any swearwords on the track would have been edited out before it was played.
Another lyric says: ‘Had them white birds on the side curbs, looking for a dirty p**i or a white nerd’
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