I was reading about the singer Rihanna in the paper the other day. There was a report that she was going to do away with her skimpy clothes for her performance in Malaysia, where there are a majority of Muslims and strict rules about on-stage outfits. Apparently two other performers, Gwen Stefani and Avril Lavigne also ran into the same problem.
It was interesting to me that performers are willing, albeit unhappily, to alter their clothing because, as The Flint Journal reported, “Under government guidelines, a female performer must be covered from the top of her chest, including her shoulders, to her knees.”
Oh to be Malaysian.
I know, I know, I’m just kidding. Besides, they only have about 25 million people. But still, isn’t it amazing that they can get these performers to submit to their guidelines? It makes me wonder. If we held performers to a higher standard and refused to cooperate and attend concerts when they dressed inappropriately, could we have an impact as well? Would they listen if it affected ticket sales? Could enough like-minded people make such a difference in the United States?
Think about it the next time you put your money towards something you know has objectionable content. Who knows? Maybe some day, we, too, could be spared a little indecency.
Copyright 2009 Janet Cassidy