Ke$ha Malaysia Concert Banned for Violating Muslim Values

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Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 09:10 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Malaysian authorities banned a Ke$ha concert over the weekend, claiming that the singer's music and wardrobe violated the country's Muslim values.

Ke$ha, the 26-year-old pop star, was scheduled to perform in Kuala-Lumpur Saturday night, but was forced to scrap the show even though she worked with the concert promoter to edit her lyrics and outfits.

Promoters at Livescape Asia said they worked with Ke$ha to "modify the show to suit the Malaysian culture and sensitivities, including having made adjustments to her song lyrics, wardrobe changes, and a set list that was modified to specifically adhere to the guidelines set forth by the authorities," according to CNN.

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But Malaysia's Ministry of Communications and Multimedia still rejected the show, ruling that it "touches on religious sensitivities and cultural values of Malaysians."

Binge drinking and sex are two common themes in many of Ke$ha's songs, and her bizarre behavior — as seen on her MTV documentary show "My Crazy Beautiful Life" — includes drinking her own urine.

Ke$ha took to Twitter to defend her show and explain the situation to her fans.

This isn’t the first time Ke$ha's music has been banned. Many radio stations temporarily stopped playing her song "Die Young" after 20 children were killed in the Sandy Hook school shootings last year.

It's also not the first time an American musician has run into trouble in Malaysia. Both Beyonce and Rihanna have also either cancelled their planned concerts or been asked not to play in the country.

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