The artist once known as Prince, then for a stint in the 1990′s as an unpronounceable symbol, and now as Prince again, thinks it’s “fun being in Islamic countries.” He also thinks women are happy to wear burqas.

According to an interview in The Guardian, Prince, a Jehovah’s Witness of nearly ten years believes Islamic theocracies – where citizens are told what to wear, where to go and what to do — cannot be labeled ”oppressive.” He went on to explain:

“We can’t do what we want to do all the time. If you don’t have boundaries, what then?

“It’s fun being in Islamic countries, to know there’s only one religion. There’s order. You wear a burqa. There’s no choice. People are happy with that.”

When asked what he would say to Muslim women who are unhappy to be forced to wear burqas – which cover the wearer’s entire body apart from their eyes – he replied: “There are people who are unhappy with everything. There’s a dark side to everything. I don’t want to get up on a soapbox. My view of the world, you can debate that forever.”

Prince: You Wear a Burqa. Theres no Choice. People Are Happy With That.

Strange, coming from the almost androgynous looking singer whose tight, flamboyant outfits, raunchy song lyrics, and penchant for romancing his proteges became world famous.

Prince: You Wear a Burqa. Theres no Choice. People Are Happy With That.

Prince then proceeded to tell The Guardian about finding his religion:

Prince embraced religion in 2001, when he became a Jehovah’s Witness. “I was anti-authoritarian but at the same time I was a loving tyrant,” he told the Guardian. “You can’t be both. I had to learn what authority was. That’s what the Bible teaches. The Bible is a study guide for social interaction.

Since becoming a Jehovah’s Witness, Prince no longer performs his older, more piquant songs as he now considers them inappropriate.  Perhaps he sees the burqa as a potential prop for one of his new videos…

(H/T: The Guraridan )