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Charlotte Gainsbourg: ‘Art shouldn’t be censored, freedom of expression is precious'

Charlotte Gainsbourg believes that “freedom of expression is the most precious thing” and has made her feelings on artistic expression well know.

Gainsbourg, the daughter of iconic and artistically free-flowing Jane Birkin and musician Serge Gainsbourg, released her album Rest last year and appeared in Far Out Magazine’s best 50 albums of 2017. 

The project was Gainsbourg’s first studio album in seven years and features collaborations with Sir Paul McCartney, Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Connan Mockasin so, undoubtedly, it’s the best work she’s ever done.

In a time when major streaming service Spotify introduced their controversial ‘Hateful Content’ policy and removed the likes of R Kelly and XXXTentacion from their playlists, Gainsbourg has reiterated that artistic expression should never be censored.

“Art shouldn’t be censored,” she said in an interview with the Guardian. “I feel that freedom of expression is the most precious thing, the thing we need right now more than anything. The world has become so violent, you need to be able to be free to analyse that. This is a very, very strange era. There’s so much rawness about religion… there’s something scary about the world right now.”

Spotify have now seemingly reversed huge parts of their controversial ‘hateful conduct’ policy.

Earlier this week Far Out reported that Spotify CEO Daniel Ek expressed an overwhelming feeling of regret over how the company’s ‘hateful content’ policy was introduced.

Now, in what looks like reversal of part of the policy, Spotify said: “Across all genres, our role is not to regulate artists. Therefore, we are moving away from implementing a policy around artist conduct.”

On top of that, the streaming service has re-added XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” to the hugely popular RapCaviar playlist.

Spotify have too added more information into the policy, saying it was too “vague and left too many elements open to interpretation.”