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Beyonce Too Sexy For Malaysia

Beyonce won't be showing off her, um, leotards anytime soon in Malaysia. The singer has canceled her upcoming show in the predominately Muslim country because it has upset conservative Muslims who think her show is immoral.

Although Beyonce is not subject to the country's Sharia courts and cannot be tried for moral offenses, her sexy dances and costumes would nevertheless cause some outrage. The country's Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party called for the cancellation because it would promote "Western sexy performances." Well they're right about that — Beyonce definitely puts on a sexy show.

Considering a 32-year-old Malaysian model was recently sentenced to be caned for drinking a beer in a hotel nightclub, I'm not so surprised some people there aren't ready for Beyonce's jelly.

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Pistil Pistil 7 years
That was very well said, shoesaddict
shoesaddict shoesaddict 7 years
I'm malaysian and I just got back from the states for my undergrad studies. Here, dressing demurely and and wearing hijab subconsciously instigate the feelings of respect towards women, and it does not signify submission to others. I don't have a problem with Beyonce's performing in Malaysia, in fact, I love her! But I would be lying no to tell everyone that some forms of globalization has swayed this country toward the downward spiral of decreased morality and unfortunately,the delicate eastern culture will soon meet its demise if the youth is not armed with knowledge and pride of its own culture. This is such a loss, esp in the field of anthropology. I think what I'm trying to convey is that the world would be a much more interesting place by bearing separate identities and values, instead of having a homogeneous mixture of people all around the world. There have been cases where actresses opt for wearing less revealing clothes, just so that they can continue entertaining their beloved fans. This is such a respectable move.The fans should be equally satisfied/entertained regardless of what outfit she wears during the concert. Because if that's not the case, we women should really be worried. Well, that's my two cents :)
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Right. The hijab/veil can be worn in resistance to colonialism, secularization, and over-sexualization, if one so chooses. The problem lies in that it's not always a choice, and there are even instances of violence towards women who refuse to dress properly. I'm not familiar with Muslim or other eastern practices, but I can see that on one hand the veil shelters and protects what is precious, but on the other hand it can be demonizing and segregating. Back to Beyonce, this isn't the first time an entertainer has had to cancel a show in another country. It's in everyone's best interest.
zeze zeze 7 years
Spacekat I disagree, I don't see this as an example of patriarchal control...I see it as a way of resisting the over-sexualizing of women that is common in many western countries. Notice how when you go to a Justin Timberlake or John Mayer concert they don't wear tiny sparkly outfits and spend the whole time dancing like adult entertainers? I'm sure if a man wanted to do the same type of show that Beyonce wants to do (such as doing the whole show in speedo and jiggling his butt) they would also refuse him. Things always have another perspective.
chillchic chillchic 7 years
If i were beyonce i wouldn't do the show. You shouldn't change who you are because some people don't like you. That is, unless you are hurting someone. But putting on a sexy show isn't hurting them if they are paying money to see it. It's not like it's porn or anything.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
agree spacekatgal.... as an anthropology student I learned about cultural relativism -- what may be foreign to you is just the norm for others. while this doesn't have to always jive with your morals or beliefs (i.e. cannibalism... may be OK in other cultures but just is not ok with my cultural/moral beliefs), its important to at least recognize that differents (A) exist (B) are important. how we reconcile it further is harder, i agree.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 7 years
I find it so sad :( However I find true sometimes shows are way to sexy (like the one of Brit I find she shows more than what she needs to)
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