Avril "Too Sexy" For Malaysia


Aug. 19 2008, Published 3:00 p.m. ET

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Avril Lavigne’s Malaysian fans are going to have to wait to see her live, after her show was deemed “too sexy” by the country’s Muslim majority. The country’s Arts, Culture and Heritage ministry canceled the Aug. 29 performance amid protests from the youth wing of a fundamentalist opposition group, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party.

Grammy-nominee Avril had scheduled the concert in Kuala Lumpur to kick off her Asian tour. However the date falls two days before Malaysia’s independence day celebrations, a fact that contributed to the ministry’s decision, according to the Associated Press.

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“It is not timely. It's not in the good spirit of our National Day. If we go ahead with the concert, it is contrary to what we are preparing for,” said Shukran Ibrahim, a senior official from the ministry.

Other artists have had trouble with Malaysia’s rules, which include no jumping, shouting, hugging or kissing on stage. Performers must also be dressed from chest to knee. Last year Beyonce moved a concert from Malaysia to Indonesia, and Christina Aguilera skipped the country all together during her Asian tour.


“We don't want our people, our teenagers, influenced by their performance. We want clean artists, artists that are good role models,” said Kamarulzaman Mohamed, a party youth official.


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