Avril Lavigne’s Concert Cancelled

Posted by kenchill. Categories Events, Music

Heck, Avril Lavigne’s concert which was suppose to be held on the 29th of August was cancelled by The Arts, Cultural and Heritage Ministry.

Reason? Because it was unsuitable for Malaysian culture. What is so unsuitable? If Avril Lavigne is unsuitable, then why not ban all western movies, ban MTV and Channel [V] as well. If the music and lyrics are unsuitable, let’s look back on our own local music and gigs. Remember the ‘Black Metal’ saga which happened quite a number of years ago? Remember Paul’s Place? Was that a publicity stunt? Why not get the whole act together and start clamping down on local music gigs as well eh? Even Soilwork and Napalm Death came to perform in Malaysia without any problems. Avril Lavigne is unsuitable?

Kamarulzaman Mohamed, a party youth official, said yesterday that Lavigne’s show was “considered too sexy for us” and would promote the wrong values just before Merdeka.

“We don’t want our people, our teenagers, influenced by their performance. We want clean artistes, artistes that are good role models,” he said.

Now, another reason. Avril Lavigne is ‘too sexy for us’? If Avril Lavigne is TOO SEXY, then I think the attire for all the female party goers at clubs all around KL are TOO OBSCENELY SEXY for us then. I think you can find sexier girls at public places like shopping malls.

Well, it was also stated that the date, August 29th was too close to our Merdeka Day, but I just find that excuse lame.

The future of western acts coming to Malaysia to perform is really bleak. If I were a performer (doesn’t matter male/female), I would just perform in Singapore and Indonesia and just go on with my Asian Tour without even bothering to stop by Malaysia.

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3 Responses to “Avril Lavigne’s Concert Cancelled”

  1. colderthan - August 24, 2008 / 10:39 am

    hey at least it looks like they changed their minds about it… but yeah that was really dumb!

  2. kenchill - August 24, 2008 / 11:21 am

    Yeah, like 2 days after the cancellation. To avoid mega backlash from the media and public, and also avoid negative impact on the Permatang Pauh by-election as well.

  3. syaza - June 3, 2009 / 2:40 am

    AGREED! such idiots


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