Like many others who support free speech, I was very disappointed in yesterday's decision by a Hamburg court that it stands by its ban of a satirical poem by German comedian Jan Böhmermann. Herr Böhmermann, not a big fan of the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erodgan and his oppression of both people and speech, narrated this poem "Schmägedicht" ("Defamation Poem") on his show on 31st March 2016.
Here's the original reading: if you have any German speakers in the room with you then now would be an excellent time to send them out.
As a public service, here is my transcription of the original text, plus a translation.
|Sackdoof, feige und verklemmt||Stupid as fuck, cowardly and uptight|
|Ist Erdogan, der Präsident||is Erdogan, the president.|
|Sein Gelöt stinkt schlimm nach Döner||His erection reeks of Doner kebab;|
|selbst ein Schweinefurz riecht schöner||Even a pig fart smells better.|
|Er ist der Mann, der Mädchen schlägt||He's a man who hits girls|
|und dabei Gummimasken trägt||while wearing rubber masks.|
|Am liebsten mag er Ziegen ficken||He loves most to fuck goats|
|und Minderheiten unterdrücken||and repress minorities.|
|Kurden treten, Christen hauen||Kicking Kurds, beating Christians|
|und dabei Kinderpornos schauen||while gazing at kiddie porn.|
|Und selbst abends heisst’s statt schlafen||And at night, instead of sleep,|
|Fellatio mit hundert Schafen||Performs fellatio on a hundred sheep.|
|Ja, Erdogan ist voll and ganz||Yes, Erdogan truly is|
|ein Präsident mit kleinem Schwanz||A president with a small dick.|
|Jeden Türken hört man flöten||Every Turk will tell you|
|die dumme Sau hat Schrumpelklöten||the stupid pig has wrinkled balls.|
|Von Ankara bis Istanbul||From Ankara to Istanbul|
|weiss jeder, dieser Mann ist schwul||everyone knows this man's a poof,|
|pervers, verlaust und zoophil||perverse, lice-ridden, an animal fucker.|
|Recep “Fritzl Priklopil”||Recep (Josef) Fritzl (Wolfgang) Priklopil [the famous perverts]|
|Sein Kopf so leer wie seine Eier||His head as empty as his balls,|
|der Star auf jeder Gangbang-Feier||the star of every gangbang party.|
|Bis der Schwanz beim Pinkeln brennt||Until his cock burns when he pisses|
|das is Recep Erdogan, der türkische Präsident||That’s Recep Erdogan, the Turkish president.|
The court assessment was that only 6 of the 24 lines were acceptable: you can view their transcript with "unacceptable" lines marked in red. Interestingly they didn't seem to object to the suggestion that Erdogan likes wearing rubber masks while beating girls.
Germany and Turkey, of course, have the right to make whatever laws they desire about the limits on free speech and criticism of women-beating dictators. We in turn have the right to tell them what we think of their laws, and of Recep Tayyip Erdogan - and in the future, whenever we see President Erdogan on screen, hear in our minds the bleating of a hundred happy sheep.