I spent RM 285 on a ticket to see Gwen Stefani. I was searching online to figure out where my seat would be when I came across this interesting story. I think I live in a bubble.
Show to Go On Despite Protests Over Gwen Stefani Malaysia Concert Thursday, August 02, 2007
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Gwen Stefani will not wear revealing costumes during her Aug. 21 concert after Muslim students protested her sexy outfits and steamy performances.
Show organizer Maxis Communications Bhd. said the 37-year-old singer will follow the local code of ethics for foreign artists, which bans the unnecessary baring of skin.
"Gwen Stefani has confirmed that her concert will not feature any revealing costumes. She will abide by the Malaysian authorities' guidelines to ensure that her show will not be offensive to local sensitivities," the company said Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press.
Maxis, the country's biggest mobile phone company, hopes to attract some 9,000 people to the show, one of the stops on Stefani's Sweet Escape world tour.
The National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students, which has some 10,000 members, charged that Stefani's skimpy outfits and cheeky performances clashed with Islamic values.
"Her performance and her attire are not suitable for our culture. It promotes a certain degree of obscenity and will encourage youth to emulate the western lifestyle. The concert should be stopped," the union's vice president, Abdul Muntaqim, told the AP
Ethnic Malay Muslims form about 60 percent of Malaysia's population, with ethnic Chinese and Indians of Christian, Buddhist and Hindu faiths forming most of the rest.
A senior official at the Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry said enforcement officers would monitor the concert.
Under the official guide to performing in Malaysia, a female artist must be covered from the top of her chest to her knees. No jumping, shouting or throwing of objects onstage or at the audience is allowed. Performers cannot hug or kiss, and their clothes cannot have obscene or drug-related images or messages.
I tutored Dong Wook for an hour every night while I was in Korea. That was about four years ago. It was a weird experience because he really couldn't speak English at all. We basically spent our time arm wrestling or inventing new games. That is until one night his father broke into the room drunk as hell on soju and holding a bamboo sword. He was ready to beat someone and I was afraid it was me. It took about 10 minutes to figure out what the problem was. His father eventually produced his son's report card. Dong Wook ranked something like 398th out 399 in his class. Luckily, his English mark was by far his highest.
It turns out that his father just wanted me to make sure he did his homework every night and beat him with the bamboo sword if he didn't finish it.
Anyways, I haven't heard from him since I left Korea. I was surprised to get an e-mail today.
Believe it or not, his English has improved dramatically. He must have found a better tutor.
Hi how are you? david where live? canada? live? so.. im 18 years old so... how old you? im going to high school so david.. your marrid sandra? and live canada? i want call you and many talk!!^^ im yet live the pusan i want to meet you ^ and sandra ^^ my mother talk say you meet you ^^ and meet you and teach me your canada house number please!!^^ i want you talk ^^ im so.. very study hard .. i want meet you. your not come back korea?? ... ok.. im long time ago.. so not to you letter .. im .. very sorry.. david.. david.. you seeing this e-mail give me an answer.. please david ok?? yo~~~ david... please answer a letter ..
Taylor's had a big charity day yesterday. For some unknown reason, I agreed to let myself get dunked. Yeah, the pictures are sideways. That's because I'm living the ghetto life. A student e-mailed me the pictures and I can't rotate them at this Cyber Cafe. Anyways, I'm off to Penang on Friday for a weekend team building exercise.