Published Feb 28, 2012Even in her own country, Erykah Badu has a tendency to ruffle feathers, and just a couple of years ago she was charged with disorderly conduct for her nude "Window Seat" video. Now, the soul singer is once again in hot water, as her upcoming concert in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur has been axed after authorities were offended by one of her promo photos.
The picture in question, which you can see above, shows a bare-shouldered Badu posing with a number of temporary tattoos painted on her body. As the Associated Press reports, her shoulders each display the symbol of Allah, and this apparently didn't go over well with officials in Malaysia, as the government banned her scheduled appearance tomorrow night (February 29).
Muslim groups decided that these photos made Badu an unsuitable role model, and Information Minister Rais Yatim said in a statement to AP that the picture is "an insult to Islam and a very serious offence," adding that it "triggered public criticism that could jeopardize national security and cause a negative impact to the government's image."
The concert promoters reportedly hope to have the ban lifted, but given how seriously the authorities are taking the photos, it doesn't seem likely. The singer has already arrived in the country, and she will be allowed to remain as a tourist, but Malaysians who were hoping to see Badu perform may be out of luck.