So tell me, where do the children play

Cat Stevens
Cat Stevens

So the other day I heard the new T-Mobile commercial playing the Cat Stevens song and I thought “I like this song, let me see if Itunes has it”. I wasn’t sure of the name so I googled “Cat Stevens song Teen Mobile”. Little did I know that people are asking you to boycott T- Mobile because it is using a Cat Stevens song called “If you want to sing out, sing out”.

Cat Stevens converted to Islam in 1977 and adopted his new Muslim name, Yusuf Islam. He was accused of being somehow associated with a terrorist group…I find that very hard to believe. Uh…have you heard Peace Train. He has been given several awards for his work in promoting peace in the world, including 2003’s World Award, the 2004 Man for Peace Award and the 2007 Mediterranean Prize for Peace.

After 9/11 he appeared on video condemning the attacks and sang “Peace Train” for the first time in public in more than 20 years. He donated a portion of his box royalties to the fund for victims families and the rest to orphans in underdeveloped countries. Oh…I see now…this is why we should boycott T-Mobile…how dare he do that!!!

Yusuf Islam

Yusuf Islam

In 2004 he was denied access into the U.S being on the “no fly list” and was detained by the Department of Homeland Security (the actual name on the list was Youssef Islam…his name being spelled Yusuf). In 2006 he was then let in the U.S . He then later wrote a song about his deportation called “Boots and Sand” recorded last year. (listen below)

I really think it’s OK to support T-Mobile. Cat’s cool. I don’t see how that voice could be harmful.

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2 Responses

  1. The controversy about Cat Stevens goes back to his comments regarding executing Salman Rushdie. This Wikipedia article actually does a decent job of explaining it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org:80/wiki/Cat_Stevens'_comments_about_Salman_Rushdie

  2. He endorsed the fatwa to get Rushdie killed.

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