Malaysians don't want an Avril Lavigne concert
Here goes another carbon-copy "Malaysians don't want indecent American musicians performing here" story. We've written this story before about Christina Aguilera and Beyonce, who ended up skipping shows, and noted that Gwen Stefani covered up her costumes last year while the Pussycat Dolls were fined almost $3,000 for being immodest (but they should be fined for performing anyway). The target this time? Avril Lavigne, who plans to start an Asian tour on Aug. 29 in Kuala Lumpur, the AP reports.
"It is considered too sexy for us. ... It's not good for viewers in Malaysia," said Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party youth wing official Kamarulzaman Mohamed. "We don't want our people, our teenagers, influenced by their performance. We want clean artists, artists that are good role models."
Kamarulzaman sent a protest letter to the Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry and the Kuala Lumpur mayor last week, calling for the concert to be canceled, even though the show hasn't officially been given a permit yet. Avril's camp says there's nothing indecent about the show, but we think cleaning off some of that excess mascara would go a long way in international and domestic relations.
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