The Purple One recently sat down with the UK’s Guardian newspaper for a chat, in which he revealed how much he enjoys visiting Muslim countries. “It’s fun being in Islamic countries, to know there’s only one religion. There’s order. You wear a burqa. There’s no choice. People are happy with that.” As the Guardian points out, the now-Jehovah’s Witness singer’s views sound jarring coming from the same person who’s “Darling Nikki” inspired Tipper Gore to start the Parents Music Resource Center (from whence the ‘parental advisory’ stickers were born).
When reminded of the women who challenge their required Islamic garb, Prince said “There are people who are unhappy with everything. There’s a dark side to everything…If I go to a place where I don’t feel stressed and there’s no car alarms and airplanes overhead, then you understand what noise pollution is. Noise is a society that has no God, that has no glue. We can’t do what we want to do all the time. If you don’t have boundaries, what then?”
He later added “My view of the world, you can debate that forever. But I’m a musician – come to the show for that.”
Okey doke. Prince will be touring Europe this summer, but also plans to meet with President Obama to discuss piracy; the artist has been a vocal critic of digital music, most especially the rampant downloading that costs musicians millions of dollars in profits each year.
“Nobody’s making money now except phone companies, Apple and Google,” he told The Guardian.