Erykah Badu Banned In Malaysia For Allah Tattoo
Singer not allowed to perform.
Tattoos may be the norm in America, but not everywhere else in the world.
Singer Erykah Badu was scheduled to perform in Malaysia on Wednesday, but the show has been canceled due to a local newspaper publishing a photograph of her with a temporary tattoo reading "Allah" going across her shoulders.
Malaysian officials say that Badu violated Central Agency for the Application for Filming and Performance by Foreign Artistes (Puspal) guidelines.
"With the graphic exhibition of 'Allah' on the body of the singer, it is sufficient to warrant irrefutable religious controversies from among Muslims who disdain such practice," says Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim. "The committee's decision to disallow the entertainer to perform publicly is in our view justified. To proceed with such public performance would only attract bigger and more cascading difficulties the likes of which we cannot afford to have under the present circumstances. Symbolism of Allah and Prophet Muhammad in the realm of exhibitive entertainment is not in the order Muslims' acceptance."
Badu has yet to make a public statement on the matter outside of two brief tweets.
On Monday she excitedly tweeted, "Malaysia!" Hours later she simply tweeted, "I deserve it."
In addition to Badu being banned, the newspaper that used the photo has been ordered to explain why they used it.