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Helan Abdulla aka Helly Luv has a message for ISIS

July 22, 2015

Helan Abdulla, aka Helly Luv, is an ethnic Kurdish 20-something immigrant to Finland. By the sounds of it she had a hard time as a child, enduring relentless bullying in Lahti where she was raised. When she was 18 she left Finland and went to the US determined to make a career in music. And she has, setting down tracks that speak to a wide audience in the Middle East. The Finnish media loves to claim her as their own, but she doesn’t even have a home here anymore, so she is Finnish in citizenship only it seems.

Her recently released video Revolution is full of violence. To me this only speaks to the people of the Middle East who experience this on a daily basis. I understand and applaud her efforts to give ISIS the middle finger (because they’re all a bunch of crazy extremists anyways), but the guns, fire and violence in her video turn me off. Apparently ISIS has a price on her head…

She is very fortunate to have made it to Finland and later to the US to pursue her dreams, She has clearly connected with the audience she is trying to reach with her music, and with over 107,000 followers on Twitter and nearly 1.4 million followers on Facebook, I think she’s there.

Unfortunately, she doesn’t speak to me, in spite of our common country.

Stay safe Helly.

 

 

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  1. Anonymous permalink
    July 23, 2015 7:13 pm

    I was wondering what Finnish woman? Some half-Finns cannot make it in third generation to be approved as Finns, but whenever someone is prominent, will be a Finn. Yawn.

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