Filipinos felt the pride when Shanti Dope’s hit “Amatz” made it to the Disney+ series “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.”
Parts of the song played in the background as the third episode of the series introduced the fictional city of Madripoor, which was supposedly located near the Indonesian archipelago.
In the episode, Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Bucky (Sebastian Stan), and Zemo (Daniel Brühl) went to Madripoor to track the source of the serums used to create new super soldiers like Captain America.
Zemo described Madripoor as once a haven for pirates but has become a place for criminals hiding from the law as the city does not allow extradition.
Pinoy fans quickly took to social media to celebrate the controversial song’s Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) debut.
Among them was rapper Gloc-9 who gave a shout out to his fellow artist on Twitter saying, “Congrats shanti!!!”
Long before making its MCU debut, “Amatz” stirred controversy in the Philippines as government authorities sought to ban the song from airing because of its drug references.
The lyrics “lakas ng amats ko, sobrang natural, walang halong kemikal” drew the ire of drug enforcers back in 2019.
Authorities thought the song was about encouraging the youth to get high on drugs, but Shanti Dope explained that the song was about finding identity in music.
Shanti Dope’s management said the government’s move to ban the song from the airwaves was a "dangerous precedent for creative and artistic freedom in the country.”
Despite this, the National Telecommunications Commission ordered the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas to ban “Amatz” from airing on TV and radio. The music video is still available to stream on YouTube.
“The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” is the second Marvel series to air on Disney+, with WandaVision being the first. The streaming platform is not yet available in the Philippines.
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