Friday, January 30, 2009

Good Girl to Remain Good

After nervous and tensed rumors going around last year whether Grammy award winner Rihanna will stop over Malaysian shores for a concert or not, no fret.

Malaysians can finally rejoice as Rihanna will indeed be performing, and with the date set on 13 February, everyone here is looking forward to having a good time dancing and singing together with Rihanna. However, Rihanna will be forced to tone down her 'Good Girl Gone Bad' image once she's here, as the Pan-Islamic Party (PAS) will put all of its ridiculous efforts to 'Stop the Music' - putting an end to every Malaysian desire to see Rihanna to perform on the local stage.

Going their wrong way on influencing citizens, PAS took most of their time thinking of reasons why the Rihanna concert should be halted, and these are some of the interesting yet akward ones:
1. It is unsuitable and disrespectful towards local culture in Malaysia.
2. The concert is said to taint the minds of youths.
3. Her performance is said to support the Israel-Palestinean war, and her songs contain elements of disrespect towards Eastern culture.
4. She pays for taxes to fund for weapons of mass destruction.
5. Her concert will belittle local artistes.
6. Her clothing is just too hot to handle?

First of all, why would the Rihanna concert be disrespectful to Malaysian culture? Has PAS set any guidelines and rules on concert etiquettes here? And what does it really take to have a concert that boring and monotonous to suit local culture?

PAS must have been living under the rock by now, continuing to live their traditional saintly way of living, unoblivious to the fact that this is the modern age of free speech and mind. How would Rihanna's songs negatively affect the minds of our youths? We youths are smart enough to differentiate what is good and bad for us, and certainly Rihanna is not. We have been exposed to a myriad of mass medias, and therefore, a wide diversity of modern and traditional cultures all around the world.

Rihanna's songs certainly wouldn't have been contemptous to Eastern culture! Why would they disgrace her songs like that? Oh, what a heartbrake to a fan like me. =) I've been listening to Rihanna's songs over and over again on my iPod, and I loved the catchy song 'Please Don't Stop the Music' and her famous song 'Umbrella' and also her soft serenade with Chris Brown 'Hate That I Love You', and I've certainly don't find any lyrics or anything at all mentioning about disrespecting Eastern culture. PAS should have stop criticising Rihanna and at least learn to listen to a few pop songs for a change instead of the constant religious debating-bickering. We also have Malaysian songs and the more daring Indonesian songs just as good as Rihanna's, but is it really wise of them to mouth out bad stuff on Rihanna alone?

And how would her performance indirectly support the Israel-Gaza crisis? Come on, entertainment is far seperated from war fundings, and Rihanna certainly wouldn't have the interest to support the war at all. The only thing in her mind is singing her heart out to the Malaysian crowd. And how does paying her taxes help America purchasing weapons of mass destruction? And it's not just Rihanna who pays her taxes, it's everyone's responsibility to pay their taxes no matter where they are. All of us are paying our taxes too, and all of us are also contributing to the general defense of our country.

And how will her concert belittle local artists? She has the funding (and the sponsor) to make her concert a big hit. She has the influence and fans from all over the world. Her upbeat songs entertain her listeners. And let's make it one point - All successful singers start off small. She wasn't born with a silver spoon, she just has the talent of singing like our local artists, and she just has a really simple background before she makes her mark on the international singing platform. If Rihanna can certainly make it big here, wouldn't that inspire our local artists to perform just like her? And oh yeah, a local celebrity will be doing the opening performance for her concert, so says Celcom sponsors.

Although the point when they said Rihanna's clothes are 'too hot to handle', that's one thing. She may be even 'sexier and more dangerous' than Lavigne, I do agree. She adores wearing black leather bustiers, shorts and high-heel boots when performing, but we all know that in Malaysia, all singers are subjected to signing down the contract to perform modestly with full-covered clothing before performing in Malaysia.

I chuckled when PAS imagines Rihanna wearing a tudung during performance. Would she look like this?


We have lost the Beyonce concert last year, and we nearly lose Avril Lavigne and Gwen Stefani for the same reason. So many talented singers perform in Singapore instead due to fears from PAS protests and demonstrations. If this keeps going on, sooner or later, Malaysia is going to be one big laughing stock around the world for kicking out people who wanted to entertain in our country. And Singapore would be happier no thanks to PAS 'crudity'.

Although I won't be making an appearance in Rihanna's concert this Feb 13, I would certainly wish the concert won't be cancelled because of PAS. If this is the way PAS wants to influence more people to vote for them, that is wrong. I will say that PAS should do better things than criticising people overseas.

Btw, if you like Rihanna (and ignore PAS blabbering), Celcom is gladly giving discounts on Rihanna concert tickets. Do check it out! =)

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