A Thai rapper called Joey Boy who created a song in 1998 (and released on another CD in 2005) that used a verse from the Qur'an has been forced to apologize for making the song after Thai Muslims bemoaned him for "insulting their faith".
An article on the Thai-language Muslim Web site www.muslimthai.com said a song recorded on CDs in 1998 and 2005 “clearly insults the Qur'an,” the Muslim holy book.
The song is called "Maya". The two CDs that it was recorded on are being recalled by Sony "and they will probably be destroyed, said Saharat Vanchompoo, the Sony marketing director." Joey Boy, his songwriter and Saharat are planning to meet with the top Muslim leaders in Thailand to make a formal apology to the Muslim community. Joey Boy made an informal apology to all Muslims:
“I did not intend to insult the Quran in any way,” said Joey Boy, whose real name is Abhisit Opasiemlikit. “If I knew that there was an insulting sound or element in my song, Suki and I would not have created it.”
This cartoon stuff has really set a negative precedent. From now on anytime Islam is used in a non-formal way, will Muslims launch protest and force the artists, writers, or commentators who do it apologize? Will artisans feel the need to self-censor themselves for fear of angering Muslims? I hope not, but it looks like this Cartoon Jihad has started a trend.
But this aside, the Thai Muslims have acted maturely in dealing with this. Instead of rioting, making death threats or calling upon their government to censor the CDs. They dealt with a private musician through private means peacefully. Perhaps the folks that are throwing firebombs at the Danish embassy in Tehran, or those who lit the Danish embassies in Syria and Lebanon on fire can take a lesson from their co-coreligionists in Thailand on how to deal with private firms when they are offended.