The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo welcomes rapper Rich Brian (in dark batik) at Bogor Palace in West Java on July 7. (Antara/BPMI-Kris)
After meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Jakarta-born rapper Rich Brian has become a subject of discussion.
It started on Tuesday, when former Indonesian ambassador to the United States Dino Patti Djalal tweeted his opinion on the rapper.
Maaf, walaupun ia mungkin berprestasi, saya sbg seorang ayah memandang rapper diaspora Rich Bryan BUKAN panutan / tauladan bagi pemuda Indonesia, mengingat tweetnya yg sering bernada jorok, porno, kasar dan kadang merendahkan wanita.— Dino Patti Djalal (@dinopattidjalal) July 16, 2019
“Sorry, although he is considered successful, I, as a father, think that diaspora rapper Rich Brian is not a role model for Indonesian youth,” Dino posted.
Dino shared his reasons, explaining Brian frequently tweeted posts that he deemed disgusting, pornographic, rude and sometimes demeaning to women.
The tweet sparked controversy.
Brian’s sister, Sonia Eryka, shared a tweet from Dino that shows he previously wanted to invite Rich Brian to the Supermentor Los Angeles event.
Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) head Triawan Munaf responded cheekily to the post.
Jlebs! https://t.co/AGQSnoKnuE— Triawan Munaf (@Triawan) July 16, 2019
Dino then posted a tweet directed at Triawan, asking if a successful musician was allowed to say bad words on social media.
“As a parent, the answer is clear: NO,” he tweeted.
Re kontroversi RichBrian, masalahnya simple: apakah seorang musisi berprestasi boleh bebas berkata jorok/kotor dlm medsos yg pasti dibaca+ditiru anak2 kecil yg mengidolakannya,? Jawaban sy sbg orangtua sangat jelas : TIDAK. Jawaban anda? Jangan kehilangan perspektif. @Triawan— Dino Patti Djalal (@dinopattidjalal) July 17, 2019
When contacted by The Jakarta Post, Triawan refused to comment on Dino’s last post.
He did, however, say that, despite the controversy, the youth of Indonesia could actually learn from Rich Brian’s passion.
“He [worked hard] to do something unthinkable,” Triawan said. (kes)