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Erykah Badu’s Malaysia Concert Banned?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words—and when performing in Muslim-majority Malaysia, a banned concert. Erykah Badu‘s scheduled live debut in Kuala Lumpur has apparently been canceled after some Muslim groups took offense to the above image, which is featured on her website. According to reports:

A government committee that includes police and Islamic policy officials decided to forbid Badu’s show because the body art was “an insult to Islam and a very serious offense,” Information Minister Rais Yatim said in a statement. 

The photo of Badu had “triggered public criticism that could jeopardize national security and cause a negative impact to the government’s image,” the statement added.

The 41-year-old, Dallas-born singer had already arrived in Malaysia. She can stay as a tourist but will not be allowed to perform, an Information Ministry official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make public statements.”

So obviously, no one in Malaysia had seen this image before, which is at least 2 years old? Hmmmm

Read the rest over at Billboard.biz

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