Her reaction to the ban of her concert by the Malaysian authorities indicates that she is one cool lady.
Too bad that The Star screwed up her concert.
Here is the story by Associated Press -
Erykah Badu Sad But Not Angry Over Malaysian Ban
by The Associated Press
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia February 29, 2012, 06:03 am ET
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Soul singer Erykah
Badu said Wednesday she holds no grudge against Malaysia's government
for barring her from performing after a photograph of her body art
offended some Muslims.
More than 1,500 people
had bought tickets to watch the Grammy-winning American singer at a
Kuala Lumpur auditorium Wednesday, but Malaysia's information minister
announced on the eve of the concert that it could not proceed because a
promotional photo of Badu with the Arabic word for Allah painted on her
bare shoulders was "an insult to Islam."
sad, because we traveled a long way," Badu told a news conference. "But
I'm totally understanding of (the minister's) protection of the laws
and its people. He doesn't want anything to happen. I'm good with that."
photograph ignited criticism from some politicians and religious groups
in Muslim-majority Malaysia after a newspaper published it Monday in a
feature to promote Badu's show. The daily has since apologized for what
it called an "oversight" that led to the photo's publication.
41, said the photo was inspired by images from "The Holy Mountain," a
1973 surrealist movie by Chilean-French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky.
think art is often misunderstood in the realm of religion, and it's
OK," she said. "In America, it's a lot different. Art is also
misunderstood but it is not such a harsh gesture to promote the names of
God. I am learning and understanding about Islam in other countries
more as we travel."
Information Minister Rais
Yatim said Malaysia's Cabinet endorsed the ban Wednesday. Police feared
that if the concert went ahead, it could cause "various situations that
may lead to social excitement, and quarrels may break out due to
religious sensitivities," the national news agency, Bernama, quoted the
minister as saying.
Public reaction to the
concert ban has been divided. On Twitter, many Malaysians, including
Muslims, accused the government of intolerance, but others praised
authorities for being firm about defending religious principles.
said she would "absolutely" welcome another chance to perform in
Malaysia someday. She is scheduled to sing at a jazz festival this
weekend in Jakarta, the capital of neighboring Indonesia, the world's
most populous Muslim nation.