|Rapping was not the answer for this Air India pilot|
Sounds like a bit of harmless fun, I hear you say? Maybe that was the intention, but the video has not received much acclaim from the aviation authorities.
To be fair, it’s not his rapping style that they have a problem with… it’s his lyrics, which complain about unpaid salaries and aging flight attendants, while also criticising the “people at the top” for ruining Air India.
The music video has been attracting a lot of media attention in recent days – even CNN has been reporting on it! That might have been a reality check, because the 28-year-old pilot has written an apology to Air India’s management and he’s not doing any media interviews either.
So what’s wrong with the lyrics? Here are some highlights (and the video is below):
“I’m filing bankruptcy and I’m getting broke… why don’t we punish those who f***ed up my airline? How do I fly with women in their 60s? They can them airhostesses, we call them aunties,” the pilot raps.
“It’s few people at the top who f***ed us up and robbed. They don't even let me leave, they don't give me NOC (no objection certificate). Please tell them it isn't Air Force, I ain’t at LoC (line of control).”
With lyrics like that, the video was never going to be well received by his management, was it? “The pilot is in the wrong profession,” an unnamed Air India official told The Times of India newspaper. “Since he is so talented as a musician, he should have been in a rock band.” Ouch!
The pilot has been described as enthusiastic by co-workers, which comes across in the video too, but not even that character trait will aid him this time around. Unsurprisingly, he could face disciplinary action.
“Discipline has to be maintained by all employees. People are free to leave the company and then do what they want. Will any private company tolerate such behaviour from any employee? We will examine his track record before taking a final view on his immature act,” a senior official was quoted as saying.
Without further ado, here is the rap video - be warned, the lyrics are explicit! So what are your views - was the pilot in the wrong, or should he be allowed to express himself? As always, please feel free to share your comments here, and you can also get in touch on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ - I look forward to connecting with you!