The album “Liebe ist Für Alle Da” (“Love is For All”) by German hard rock group Rammstein – currently at No. 2 on Billboard’s European Albums Chart – has been banned from public display in German stores with effect from Nov. 11 on account of its depictions of sadism/masochism, which have been deemed to be harmful to children and young people.
Announcing this ruling, Petra Meier, the deputy president of the Federal Office for the Examination of Media Harmful to Young People, cited the track “Ich tue Dir Weh” (“I Want to Hurt You”) as well as the artwork showing guitarist Richard Kruspe with a masked, naked woman on his knees. The Federal Office objected to the fact that the track includes lines such as “Bites, kicks, heavy blows, nails, pincers, blunt saws – Tell me what you want.”
What is more troubling is that there exists an entity called “The Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons” or, “Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien” if you will or, more simply “BPjM”.