Singer Erykah Badu Banned in Malaysia Over Allah Tattoos

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Muslim-majority Malaysia has banned singer Erykah Badu’s upcoming concert after a photograph appeared showing Badu with the Arabic word for Allah written on her body.

Badu had been scheduled to perform Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur, but has recently been notified that her show has been cancelled.

Some Muslim groups said Badu was an unsuitable role model for young Malaysians after seeing a publicity photo of her with what appeared to be temporary tattoos of the word Allah on her bare shoulders.

An Information Ministry official said a government committee decided Tuesday to forbid the concert because Badu has “offended the religious sensitivities” of Muslims by posing with such tattoos.

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