Erykah Badu Banned in Malaysia Over Body Art

February 28, 2012  |  

Erykah Badu was scheduled to perform at a concert in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow night, but when Malaysian officials came across an image of the singer’s body art, which includes the Arabic word for Allah on her shoulder, they shut her event down, saying Erykah isn’t a suitable role model for young Malaysians who are mostly Muslim.

Information Minister Rais Yatim said in a statement that government officials forbid Erykah’s concert because her body art is “an insult to Islam and a very serious offense.” He added that the photo of the artwork, which appeared in Malaysia’s most widely read English-language daily, The Star, “triggered public criticism that could jeopardize national security and cause a negative impact to the government’s image.”

Because Erykah was already in Malaysia, government officials said that she can stay as a tourist but will not be allowed to perform. Razman Razali, managing director of the show’s Malaysian organizer, Pineapple Concerts, told Reuters Erykah is “worried and dismayed” and said his company hopes the decision will be reversed.

Do you think Erykah still has a chance of performing?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

More on Madame Noire!

Trending on MadameNoire

View Comments
Comment Disclaimer: Comments that contain profane or derogatory language, video links or exceed 200 words will require approval by a moderator before appearing in the comment section. XOXO-MN
  • HabibtiKhalisa

    I think it’s funny that the show’s organizer is called “Pineapples”…guess that’s what they told Erykah, in their Kevin Hart voice LOL

  • mbele

    Unfortunately, we as black folks are the only group that casually accepts disrespect. Others, including the gays, the jews, etc won’t let you get away with a peep about or against them. We, on the other hand will defend our own desire to disrespect ourselves — sorry Erika, other people ain’t that shallow about their beliefs, etc., you’ll be back in the states soon where you can drop the n-bomb with most of your own people not even blinking.

  • Ladyannoying

    Muslims are idiots! I don’t care what anyone has to say….it’s MY opinion!

    • Presleyam

      I think Erykah is the idiot. What she did was dumb and sacrilege. Did she expect no one to notice or care about her blatant disrespect of Islam? Smh at her ignorance. Some people still hold their religious beliefs as something sacred.

    • HabibtiKhalisa

      Looks like you have the right screen name…should have added “dumb a** bigot” to it as well.