Have a Ko Ko and a smile

You might not think this remake of a 1966 Pakistani pop tune was all that scandalous.

But you would be wrong:

Last week the hugely popular live music TV show Coke Studio reworked a beloved classic “Ko Ko Korina,” considered the first true pop song in Pakistan.

The video was posted on YouTube and it was at that point we all found out how angry this had made people. Rage usually reserved only for religion, politics and cricket came down upon the Ko Ko Korina cover — with a vengeance.

Things became truly surreal when Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari weighed in to describe it as a “massacre” of the classic song, questioning how producers had allowed this to happen.

How grave an offense?

Rafay Mahmood, cultural journalist at the Express Tribune newspaper, said it was as if Ed Sheeran had covered Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and botched it.

The grievously offended would definitely prefer you remember the song this way.

And just for the sheer heck of it, once again here’s Momina Mustehsan, name-brand Pakistani pop singer and possessor of two degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, with a recent Coca-Cola commercial:

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