Sony delays launch of “LittleBigPlanet” due to song with versus from Qur’an in it.

Apparently it’s considered offensive to Muslims to put passages of the Qur’an to music. One track licensed for the game has two lines straight from the holy text as lyrics so Sony decided to delay LBP’s release so they could remove the song:

During the review process prior to the release of LittleBigPlanet, it has been brought to our attention that one of the background music tracks licensed from a record label for use in the game contains two expressions that can be found in the Qur’an. We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologize for any offense that this may have caused.

We will begin shipping LittleBigPlanet to retail in North America the week of October 27th. Sorry for the delay, and rest assured, we are doing everything we can to get LittleBigPlanet to you as soon as possible.

Needless to say I find this silly, but it’s probably in Sony’s better interests to cover their ass and avoid the controversy that would otherwise result. The song itself is Tapha Niang by Toumani Diabate and can be heard on his MySpace page if you’re curious. I thought it was rather pleasant myself.

4 thoughts on “Sony delays launch of “LittleBigPlanet” due to song with versus from Qur’an in it.

  1. yeah, I was going to mail this story to you but I figured you’d find it eventually. they need to get over it. That is all.

  2. This doesn’t make any sense. Let me get this straight the song in question doesn’t have controversy itself but if you put the song in a video game then there’s controversy. I don’t get it!

  3. Sony took a lot of heat over the fact that the PS3 FPS Resistance had a model of the Church of England’s Manchester Cathedral in it.

    The main reason the song may not have generated much controversy is that it’s relatively obscure. I’d not heard of the performer or the song until it was tied in with LBP. If someone has brought it up prior to the game’s release you can be sure it would’ve been an issue once it was on store shelves.

  4. I find it offensive when a politician says “I identify with the American people”  If I start a religion, can I get them to stop saying that?

    Honestly, I would consider it an honor if someone found what I do offensive to any religion.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.