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Erykah Badu Gig In Malaysia Cancelled Over Allah Tat

Malaysian Muslim community finds the adornment an insult to their religion

Today, Erykah Badu's world tour should have had a stop in Kuala Lumpur. However, because of a promo photo published in The Star newspaper last Monday, showing the artist with the Arabic word “Allah” written on her body, several Muslim organisations cried out that Badu is not a good role model for young Malaysians, as the “tattoo” in question is an insult to their community. The Malaysian information minister Rais Yatim confirmed the news on Twitter, saying that the neo-soul diva's show was cancelled for “touching on religious sensitivities” and not being in accord with “Malaysian cultural values.” It's not the first time an international artist has clashed with the Asian country's strict moral rules (according to which artists aren't allowed to show more skin than necessary, blow kisses or even jump on stage). Gwen Stefani and the Black Eyed Peas have also had to change their shows in order to keep the Malaysian authorities happy.

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