Beyonce postpones show after outcry

The Associated PressOctober 20, 2009 

  • Other female pop stars such as Avril Lavigne and Gwen Stefani have performed in Malaysia despite protest threats by conservative Muslims. Both singers wore clothes that revealed little skin.

R&B star Beyonce Knowles has postponed a planned concert in Malaysia, the event's organizer said Monday, following accusations by Islamic conservatives that the show would be immoral.

Knowles, known for her provocative clothes and choreography, had been scheduled to perform at a Kuala Lumpur stadium this Sunday. The show "has been postponed to a future date to be announced shortly," Malaysian entertainment company Marctensia said in a statement.

A Marctensia representative declined to say whether the decision was prompted by criticism from the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, the country's largest opposition group, which has called for the show to be scrapped because it would promote "Western sexy performances."

Knowles canceled a planned performance in Malaysia in 2007 following protest threats by the opposition party. At the time, her talent agency said the show was called off because of a scheduling conflict.

Instead, Knowles went to Indonesia, also a largely Muslim country, which has less stringent rules about how performers should dress and behave. Female artists at Malaysian concerts are required by government rules to cover up from the shoulders to knees, with no cleavage showing.

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