Ke$ha concert banned ‘at the 11th hour’ in Muslim-majority Malaysia

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Pop singer Ke$ha was forced to cancel her Malaysian concert on Saturday after authorities said it would undermine religious and cultural sensitivities.

“We are distraught to confirm that the show (at Kuala Lumpur Stadium) will be cancelled,” concert organizer Livescape Asia said in a statement, adding that it was losing roughly $350,000 because of the cancellation, Agence France-Presse reported.

The promotion company said it tried to comply with the rules in the Muslim-majority country, working with Ke$ha to “modify the show to suit the Malaysian culture and sensitivities, including having made adjustments to her song lyrics, wardrobe changes, and a set list that was modified to specifically adhere to the guidelines set forth by the authorities,” CNN reported.

Livescape said it had received a letter from authorities on the decision to ban the concert “at the 11th hour” on Friday, AFP reported.

A brief statement by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia said the ban was put in place because the nature of the concert “touches on religious sensitivities and cultural values of Malaysians.”

Ke$ha, whose songs feature topics such as all-night partying, casual sex and excessive drinking, took to Twitter to clarify the cancellation.

“To be clear. I did NOT cancel. I was not allowed to play. and then I was going to play anyways and was threatened with imprisonment,” she said.

The next day, the singer said on Twitter: “Yesterday was hard for me…. I just wanna share my music and life with you guys.”

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