Friday, March 2, 2012

Erykah Badu Banned

Erykah Badu (left) was supposed to perform in Malaysia on Wednesday but Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim cancelled the concert – all because The Star had published a photo of Badu displaying body art that has the word Allah on her bare shoulders. It was said that the tattoo was not permanent and it was just a form of artistic expression. Besides, tattoos and body art actually show love of the image.

The MCA-owned newspaper promptly suspended senior editor Lim Cheng Hoe and deputy editor Daryl Goh, who had approved the use of the photo in Monday’s edition of Star2. They are quick to punish just because an UMNO minister disapproves – please lah, let us not be petty for petty's sake!

I also don’t think it is fair to punish the Grammy-winning R&B singer for a newspaper’s oversight! Malaysians have missed a real treat!

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Perhaps if I may suggest that the government implement a policy that anybody who wants to come to Malaysia must submit nude photos of themselves to the authorities so that they can be vetted, scrutinized and examined for tattoos that are supposedly sensitive! This will put a stop to all the dangerous people out there from entering the country and polluting malleable minds!

Some groups have also claimed that Badu is not a good role-model for young Malaysians because of the tattoos! As if BN ministers make good role-models?! They cheat, they steal, they slander! They are scammers, rogues and thieves! They take us for a ride and Malaysians just let them! Unbelievable!

Anyway, Badu proceeded to Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country to perform there.

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