Beyonce, Fortune and Malaysian censors on a power trip
Malaysia continues to make itself a laughing stock in the world. The Truly Ridiculous state has taken to trying to ban Beyonce from performing again (see first time here) unless she’s “appropriately” dressed.” It is as if a Beyonce, as seen on MTV or Channel V, will at one go corrupt the morals of the Malaysian population and turn them into sexual deviants. That’s why the religious wallahs have given her the ultimatum of dressing appropriately or be denied the permit to perform in Malaysia.
Guess what? Beyonce probably does not need such flak or the money from Malaysia. So Malaysians are likely to go without Beyonce’s performance again this Sunday.
But such Truly Ridiculous mentality is only to be expected from a country who would even wield the “oh so last century” censorship technique of using a black marker to censor a magazine.
And what did they censor. As Chun Wai reports in his blog, the marijuana leaf symbol on actress Mary Louise Parker’s singlet on the cover of Fortune Magazine.
The logic here must be that if the marijuana leaf symbol is seen by Malaysians then they would overnight turn into dangers drug addicts who rob, pillage and mug old women.
What a trip divorced from reality these guys in Malaysia are. Instead of getting their knickers in a twist about skin and marijuana they should just go to the US, as for some medical marijuana, inhale some of that stuff and chill.
We have seen how the censors ridiculously black out pictures of topless tribal women in National Geographic but even financial magazine Fortune has not been spared. My September issue of Fortune came with this shocking censorship.
On the cover is a picture of actress Mary Louise Parker, who acts as a single mother who sells weed to support her family in the hit TV series “Weed.” On the right hand corner, our censor’s black marker pen “censored” out something. I was not sure at first what was on it but as you can see from the cover above (which can be easily found online), what our censors found objectional turned out to be a picture of the subject matter being discussed.