Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Message To All Collectors of Censored Music CDs

Since I first wrote about a censored Katy Perry music CD that I had purchased for my son in March 2009, I have received dozens of requests from total strangers around the world asking me to acquire Saudi censored CDs for them.  I had politely declined until Marco from Italy emailed me no less than 18 times over a period of a couple months, literally begging me to help him acquire a censored Britney Spears CD from here in Saudi Arabia.  Any Britney Spears CD would do, he said, as long as it was censored.  Against my better judgment, I finally told Marco that I would try since he was so persistent and had seemed so desperate and sincere.


I had told Marco that it wouldn't be easy for me to get down to a record shop in the first place, since women can't drive here in KSA and I don't have a driver.  The few record shops that I know of aren't exactly within walking distance either.  I also told him I wasn't going to make a special trip just to get him a CD and that I wasn't making any promises. 

Marco had told me that he was a "collector."  Several weeks after he initially asked me, I happened to be in the same mall as a record shop, so I decided to go in there and see if I could find what he wanted.  I found one Britney Spears CD that had been censored - it was censored with a red marker painted over her exposed skin.  The CD cost me 60 Saudi Riyals, which is about $16 US.  When I got home, I immediately emailed Marco with the good news and asked him for his address so I could figure out how much the shipping would cost.


He seemed excited and asked if I could send him a photo of the CD, so I did.  And then ... after weeks of bugging me in 18 different emails about getting him a Britney Spears CD ... there was nothing but silence from Marco.  So I emailed him again.  I was miffed that he had not answered me after a few days or sent me his address.  And now I had laid out my own money for a CD that I would have never bought in the first place (sorry, Britney!) and there was only a three day return policy at the store.  And if I needed to return it, I would have to arrange for transportation to make another trip back to the store.  I was not happy!  I was feeling duped and felt I had been taken advantage of.

Three days later, I heard back from Marco:  "I'm so sorry but the CD isn't official with write pen on it.  I have this CD.  I'm so sorry."


I was fuming!  What kind of a person imposes on a total stranger who lives in another country where women cannot drive and convinces her to make a purchase of an item she would never ever buy - and then says "I already have it?"  "Not Official?" Are you %@#*$^% kidding me?  I write a blog about living in Saudi Arabia.  I don't make any money off of it.  And I certainly don't operate a business in which I go on wild goose chases to fulfill stupid people's wishes. If Marco had even the slightest modicum of decency at all, knowing all the trouble I had gone through to get that stupid CD for him (sorry again, Britney!), he should have just kept his stupid mouth shut and graciously paid me for the merchandise he requested.

So, to all you "Collectors" out there who keep writing to ask me to get some certain artist's censored CD from Saudi Arabia, please stop.  The answer is NO!  And you have Marco the Inconsiderate Idiot A$$hole to thank for it.  And besides, according to Marco, the Saudi method of censorship with marking pens isn't "official" anyway!

13 comments:

  1. What a jerk! It's people like him that make other people not want to do nice things for strangers! Sorry that happened to you Susie!

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  2. I think there is an art to their censorship.

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    1. Ha ha! Good one, Jerry.

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  3. Marco sounds like a nut job and a huge jerk. If possible block him. I don't know you personally but his inconsiderate lack of manners has me fuming. Maybe it's because am sick and tired of people taking advantage of others.

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  4. I'm sorry this person came from my country! Such a stupid person...
    I really appreciate your blog, Best whishes

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  5. Such a dishonorable man - wow! He should be ashamed of himself.

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  6. Since you and your husband are retired isn't it easy to just hop into the car and go when you guys want to? And not only did Marco get you to do what he wanted, he got an article written about him. Ungrateful freak.

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    1. Unfortunately it's not as easy as you might think. Yes, we are retired, but the traffic in Jeddah is absolutely horrendous most of the time and my husband hates to drive here. Going places seems to be much more of an ordeal here in Jeddah than anywhere else I have ever lived in my life. I try to limit asking my husband to drive me places and would have never asked him to take me specifically to get Marco a CD!

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    2. I hear it has gotten worse in the past decade. How sad.

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  7. How very very rude of Marco!

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  8. some people are just strange beyond words

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  9. Maybe since apparently this is so rare to have censored CDs, you could try selling this Britney CD online on a website like Discogs.com... I mean, you could even make a small profit out of it if you wanted to probably...

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