Kesha was banned from performing in Malaysia owing "reasons of religion and culture." Officials ruled, at the last minute, the concert in Kuala Lumpur should not go ahead.
Kesha has been banned from performing in Malaysia after officials deemed her music directly conflicted with their countries' religious beliefs. The 26-year-old singer was set to perform last night in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Saturday 26th October. Unfortunately for fans of the L.A. born performer, officials refused to change their stance on her appearance at the Stadium Negara.
Kesha's performance in Kuala Lumpur was cancelled due to an official ruling.
It seems the application for her live performance was declined at the last minute, according to a report by TMZ. The concert promoters, LiveScape, made the announcement and claimed they were "distraught" to have to cancel the concert owing to the official ruling. The company pointed out they were financially at a loss.
Even though Kesha's representatives suggested changes to the show, including wardrobe and song lyrics, they refused to alter their decision. The official decision, as offered in a statement by the representative for the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, was simply due to "reasons of religion and culture." The reason, as the Huffington Post indicates, is likely to be due to Kesha's controversial and explicit lyrics, particularly those which refer to alcohol and sex.
Kesha's performance was banned due to "religious and cultural reasons."
Kesha posted on Twitter referencing the incident twice. The first tweet, shortly after the news of the declined application broke, read: "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." Today she "yesterday was hard for me" and, adding a photograph of her crowd surfing microphone in hand, that "I just wanted to share my music and life with you guys."
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.— ke$ha (@keshasuxx) October 26, 2013
Kesha is set to perform in Tokyo, Japan on November 12th.