The most revealing aspect of the following (otherwise humorous) anecdote is that it is Malaysia’s youth who are increasingly becoming Islam’s morality police, contrary to the somewhat ingrained Western notion that youth everywhere just wanna have fun. It’s not for nothing that characters like OBL have come to rely on the youth to lead the next generation of global jihadists. “Malaysia cancels ‘too sexy’ Avril Lavigne concert,” by Julia Zappel, for AP, August 19:
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) “” Malaysia on Tuesday canceled a concert by Canadian rock singer Avril Lavigne, saying it may taint the Muslim-majority country’s independence day celebrations after the Islamic opposition slammed her show as being “too sexy.”
The Arts, Culture and Heritage Ministry said it had decided not to permit Lavigne’s show because it was unsuitable to Malaysian culture and could not be held on Aug. 29, two days ahead of independence day.
“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 culture ministry’s department that vets all foreign artists.
The decision came after the youth wing of a fundamentalist opposition party, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, called for the show’s cancellation.[…]
Malaysia requires all performers to wear clothes without obscene or drug-related images and be covered from the chest to the knees. They must also refrain from jumping, shouting, hugging and kissing on stage.
Still, members of PAS and other conservative Muslims often protest against Western and even Malaysian music shows that they deem to be inappropriate.