What do Malaysia and Kuwait have in common? “Uncontrolled” women — singers or, as in this story, fans — have a curious way of leading to canceled concerts. They also, coincidentally enough, have Islam in common, for what that’s worth…
“Female fan’s kiss ends music concert in Kuwait,” from the Associated Press, October 6 (thanks to Kyros):
KUWAIT CITY (AP) “” A Kuwaiti official says authorities abruptly ended a music concert by an Egyptian singer in this conservative Muslim country when a young female fan jumped on stage, hugged the male singer and gave him a kiss.
Qanas al-Adwani, who heads the government department that monitors public entertainment, says the girl’s behavior at Friday’s concert “defied the conservative traditions” of Kuwait.
Al-Adwani also said Sunday that the fan’s behavior broke controls on public entertainment, which were imposed by influential Muslim fundamentalists after they failed in 1997 to ban concerts altogether. Concerts have to be licensed by the government, and monitors from the Information Ministry watch the crowd to make sure nobody stands up to dance.