Big business on Sunday joined a growing chorus of criticism in Germany over the awarding of an annual music prize to a pair of rappers accused of anti-Semitic lyrics, with Airbus CEO Tom Enders adding his condemnation of the decision.
German executive Enders told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper he was shocked by what he considered widespread ambivalence about the Echo award given to rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang on Thursday, which coincided with Holocaust Remembrance Day.
"That hurts Germany's international reputation. Is anti-Semitism becoming acceptable in Germany?" Enders told the newspaper, adding that it was his belief that an anti-Muslim text would have generated far more outrage.
In the song "0815", the rappers talk about their bodies being "more defined than Auschwitz prisoners" while another text says, "I'm doing another Holocaust, coming with a Molotov".