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It’s just a friggin concert!!!

Okay people get a hold of this ridiculous news:

Malaysian Islamic party to protest rocker Lavigne concert

“Malaysia’s conservative Islamic party has said it will mount protests at Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne’s concert here Friday, after failing to have it banned.

The concert is an insult to Islam as the fasting month of Ramadan is due to start just a few days later, said Nasrudin Hassan of the Pan Malaysian Islamic Party PAS.

“A concert of this nature is not conducive to teach the younger generation to become good citizens, upright and competitive, but instead would weaken them morally and mentally,” he said in a statement.

“If the concert organisers do not heed this warning to cancel the concert, PAS youth will order all Muslim youth to turn up and protest the concert in order to prevent it from taking place.”

The Canadian singer is scheduled to perform in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia’s official news agency Bernama reported that the application to hold the concert was originally rejected by the government on the grounds it was submitted too late.

However, it said the cabinet last week agreed to let the concert take place on the condition that the performance was “not a bad influence, especially on the young”.

Last year, US singer Beyonce scrapped a planned concert in Malaysia due to fears of protests, when Gwen Stefani went ahead with a performance but was forced to cover up after complaints about her outfits.”

What do you think? Like what the hell right? What does a music concert have to do with fasting?!? I’m not insulting any religion here but come on people, use your common sense, how are these two completely different things possibly connected? Is there a rule saying you can’t fast or practice your religious obligations if a concert was held in your country a few days ago? And what’s with the whole “morality and not being conducive and destroying our younger generation” thing? Why do they have such a bad perception of Avril or the other international artistes? If you think the way they act is bad or they’re propagandizing some sort of satanic cult, take a good look at out youth today and see if they’re really as stuck-up innocent as PAS like to think they are. We’re not in the middle ages anymore, people today swear, they use foul languages, they talk openly about lots of stuff like sex and some people are gay, bisexual, transsexual, multisexual whatever! The things is, we may not seem as polite or as mannered as the generations before us but we’re not bad people. We’re just more opened and exposed, we don’t feel shy or intimidated to speak up against a lot things now. Malaysians have grown to be more expressive and receptive of different ideas. Listening and enjoying foreign music is already imprinted in us so it is inevitable for us to be influenced by foreign culture but that’s not always bad. We’re already so use to western cultures we even have Malaysian hip-hop artistes and Malaysian bands battling out tunes which resemble a lot of American rock bands. How much more can a concert influce us? Are the youth gonna start a war with the government after attending it? Or are we gonna start carrying guns and do drive-by shootings cause we went to a concert of a non-Malaysian artiste?

I’m not a big Avril fan trying to defend her (although I was a fan before she became all pink, brr) but it really does not make sense, actually it is almost embarrassing. Here we are trying to be an advance country full of citizens with modern minds yet we’ll probably be known as the country that is soooo conservative, you have to be wrapped with a carpet just to sing. Even if a foreign singer was allowed to perform, there can be no showing of body parts except for your limbs and face, no hugging your fans, no excessive jumping or dancing and who knows what other stupid rules there are? Gosh, I would rather play bingo with grannies than go to a concert like that!


August 27, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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