Wednesday, August 01, 2007
No To Gwen Stefani?
US pop star Gwen Stefani is scheduled to perform in Malaysia on Aug 21 as part of her "Sweet Escape" tour.
It is to be held at the Putra Indoor Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
However, it may not happen, if the National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students has its way.
Oh, don't be a party pooper, killjoy, wet blanket...
The group, said to number 10,000, will not hear of it because they find her too sexy and too obscene for Malaysia and fear that she will only be promoting un-Asian and unIslamic values to young Malaysians.
Her performance goes against the grain of Asian culture.
Its president Mohamed Hilmi Ramli was quoted by Reuters to have said that her video clips promoting the event are "too obscene".
"We want the organisers to cancel the concert, failing which we will ask the authorities to intervene," he warned.
Well, what can I say but to allay Hilmi's fears. Gwen Stefani is not your regular hard-core sex act.
Really, fear her not. You won't find young Malaysians running out in the streets gyrating their hips in the buff, after watching her concert.
Heavens, you'd think that the heavy dogged dose from MTV would've already done the trick.
Have faith in our young Malaysians, I always say.
Firstly (and frankly), I don't find Gwen Stefani sexy (in the vulgar sense which is troubling these students) or obscene.
Secondly, which follows the first, -- therefore her one-night performance in Malaysia for which you have to get tickets, is not about to influence the minds of our young people to go the "obscene" western way.
You know, you can choose to buy the tickets to watch her performance. You do have a choice. And those who will be there will be her fans -- Muslims and non-Muslims.
You may not like her but that does not give you the right to deny others their right to choose to watch her performance.
Thirdly, I can understand Hilmi's concern but I think the concert should be the least of his worries.
There are bigger problems out there, saudara Hilmi, that you should be battling.
I suppose our "mahasiswi" and "mahasiswa" are constrained by the Universities and University Colleges Act so much so that an event such as Gwen Stefani's concert seems a good enough issue to push.
But it's good to know that some provisions in the UUCA may be amended to allow students to participate in political parties and youth organisations outside campus.
Perhaps then, organisations like the National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students can really channel their energy and time on far more important and crucial issues such as corruption, abuse of power and the decline in academic education.
Not trivialities like Gwen Stefani's concert.
Besides, she's harmless. Trust me.
For stories on this intolerance to western pop music and artistes, read here, here, and here.