Malaysia Bans Ke$ha Concert For Religious and Cultural Reasons

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Oct. 26 2013 1:17 PM

Malaysia Bans Ke$ha Concert For Religious and Cultural Reasons

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Singer Ke$ha performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Malaysian officials are preventing a planned concert by pop singer Ke$ha from going ahead as scheduled, saying it could hurt the country’s religious and cultural sensitivities. Concert organizer Livescape released a statement saying it was told of the cancellation on Friday for the concert that was set to take place Saturday. The Ministry of Communications issued a brief statement saying it was cancelling the concert because it “touches on religious sensitivities and cultural values of Malaysians.” The cancellation took place even though the organizers, and presumably Ke$ha herself had agreed to “modify the show to suit the Malaysian culture and sensitivities,” reports AFP.

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This is not the first time the Mulsim-majority country cancels a planned concert by a Western artist. A concert by heavy metal group Lamb of God was canceled last month, while Beyonce and Erykah Badu have also been forced to cancel shows.

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