A popular singer has had a concert canceled because of a tattoo, BBC News reports. A publicity photo for R&B singer Erykah Badu appears to show the word “Allah” in Arabic tattooed on her shoulders, and that was too much for officials in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur, where she was scheduled to perform.
Malaysia’s Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry canceled the show after a Malaysian newspaper published the publicity shot. The country has a Muslim majority, and in the past has warned international artists to dress modestly during their concerts in the country.
The story notes: “Tattoos are forbidden in Islam and using the word ‘Allah’ in a way deemed disrespectful offends many Muslims.”
The Malaysian ministry said it was not aware of Badu’s tattoos when it originally gave approval for the show. But some Muslims in the country protested after the photo appeared in the newspaper The Star.
The story reports: “Information Minister Rais Yatim said a government committee had decided to cancel the show because Ms. Badu’s body art was ‘an insult to Islam and a very serious offence.’”