Lithuania has banned a music video by an award-winning pop/rock/hip-hop Lithuanian band, SKAMP, because it features gay couples kissing along with straight couples kissing.
The beautiful and heart-warming video accompanies the track Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow, and features young and old couples kissing, both gay and straight, in a totally non-offensive way.
The government banned the video using an anti-gay propaganda law, similar to that of Russia, and singer, Erica Jennings explained that, because the song was about love, she thought it should contain all sorts of couples in the video. Jennings also commented that exposure to violence on TV is so normalised that it leaves no room for love and diversity.
The band had performed in Eurovision 2001 in Copenhagen, with the song, You Got Style.
Members of the band are:
- Erica Jennings – lyrics, vocals – of Irish nationality and speaks Lithuanian
- Victor “Vee” Diawara – producer, lyrics, vocals, guitar – born in Vilnius of a Malian father and a Lithuanian mother, speaks fluent French and Lithuanian
- Vilius Alesius – lyrics, vocals
SKAMP rose to fame in Lithuania in May 1998, with a cover of George Gershwin’s Summertime. Their awards include:
Best Debut (1999), Best Band (2000, 2001,2004 & 2005) and Best Album (2000, 2001 & 2004). Erica has won “Best Female Artist” twice (2001 & 2002) and Vee received “Best Producer” in 2000.
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