Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Akon - Double Standard Law?

Akon came to Malaysia in October 2009, rocked Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach and left an impression to everyone. But what he really left that we should focus on, is a very relevant question - "Is the Malaysian guidelines on public decency seem to be a grey haven for some concert promoters?"
I mean, even a blind, deaf and dumb person can notice that there was a clear double standard in this matter. The ruling prohibited artist like Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Gwen Stefani on performing unless they covered up their breasts because they are deemed as bad moral to have them exposed. Even the Pussycat Dolls were given a fine for suggestive dancing even when they kept their clothes on.
But it's completely okay for Akon to:

1. Perform given that he has a legal problem with dirty dancing with a preacher man's teenage daughter at a club in Trinidad and Tobago
2. Perform even though there was a reckless endangerment charge against him for tossing out a minor concertgoer into the audience in New York during his show
3. Strip his pants and body surf over the crowd in his concert in Malaysia
4. Perform half naked in Malaysia

Is Malaysia turning more relaxed towards naked or half naked grown men coz they are trying to say that it's okay for a man to be presented that way but it's wrong for a woman to perform half naked or even fully clothed but with suggestive dance moves?
If you ask me, I would say that this is clearly suggesting "gay is cool" - and I have no problem with gay individuals, in fact, I have friends who bat for the same team but I think the guidelines and rulings are just presented on a double standard platform. Worse of all, Akon is a Muslim artist and a liquor brand was said to be the concert presenter - another double standard policy.

With all this going on, no wonder why Malaysia is not on tourists favorite destination!


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