Thursday, August 21, 2008

Hall of Shame: PAS vs beautiful women

It's no great secret that non-Muslims in Malaysia tend to view the Islamist party PAS as a bunch of ignorant, towelheaded freaks who would send Malaysia back to the Bronze Age if they got half a chance. Of course, the semi-literate gangsters of the BN government do whatever they can to propagate this terribly unflattering image, but it doesn't help PAS at all when bullshit like this happens.

For those who can't be arsed to click the link, here's the long story short: Avril Lavigne's concert cancelled because it's "too sexy".

I can just about imagine what George Carlin would say. He'd say, "Holy fuckin' shitballs, there is NEVER such a thing as "too sexy"!!!" I'm inclined to agree.

And what did the paedophile worshippers have to say? From the Yahoo! News article:

Kamarulzaman Mohamed, a party youth official, told The Associated Press on Monday that Lavigne's show was "considered too sexy for us" and would promote the wrong values just before independence day*.

"We don't want our people, our teenagers, influenced by their performance. We want clean artists, artists that are good role models," he said.

I don't frequent concerts myself, but I for one see it as unforgiveably lame that because of the "sensibilities" of religious conservatives (read: anal retentives), Malaysia has lost out on a performance by a top notch pop artist. And not just her, mind you. Beyonce and Christina Aguilerra skipped M'sia, too, no thanks to the Islamists. The Pussycat Dolls did a gig here and got hit with a MYR10,000 fine for being, you guessed it, "too sexy".

My God/Prophet/Messiah/charlatan of choice says I can't have any fun so I don't see why anyone else should have a good time.

And that's all it comes down to, isn't it?

I don't know about you, but I think it's a bit telling of the sexual discrimination inherent in Islam that no male artists ever had this trouble. Be that as it may, what is the message the Islamists are trying to tell us here about women? That it's a sin to be beautiful?

If Ayaan Hirsi Ali's testimony in Infidel is anything to go by, and believe me, her word carries a LOT of weight, it would appear that Islam dictates that women should be ugly, uneducated, subservient and wrapped up like burritos**, i.e. A lifetime of oppression for the questionable promise of a blessed afterlife.

You know, I, like many Malaysians I know, really want to sympathise with political parties opposed to the BN government. But PAS really doesn't make it easy. Don't be surprised to see more of these, like in Indonesia:

* Ms Lavigne's concert was meant to be on the 29th August. M'sia's Independence Day (which half of us only remember because it coincides with the untimely expiry of Princess Di) is on the 31st.

** REALLY not a good idea in M'sian weather.

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