Rihanna Taking No Wardrobe Risks For Malaysia Show

The good girl gone bad has promised to be good for one night.

R&B sensation Rihanna will shun skimpy outfits when she performs in Malaysia next month, the concert's organizers said Tuesday, becoming the latest international star affected by the Muslim-majority country's strict rules on performers' dress.

Recent concerts by Gwen Stefani and Avril Lavigne faced protests by conservative Muslim Malaysians over immodest clothes. Stefani eventually made what she called "a major sacrifice" at her show by donning attire that revealed little skin.

Under government guidelines, a female performer must be covered from the top of her chest, including her shoulders, to her knees.

The organizers of a Pussycat Dolls concert in 2006 were fined nearly $3,000 after the U.S. girl group was accused of flouting decency regulations.

The Malaysian organizers of Rihanna's Feb. 13 stop on her "Good Girl Gone Bad" tour voiced hopes that protests would not mar the Grammy-winning singer's show.

Rihanna's management is "aware of the country's regulations and the difficulties of doing a show," Razman Razali, managing director of Pineapple Concerts, told The Associated Press.

However, a district branch of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, which blasted Lavigne's on-stage moves as "too sexy" last year, said in an online commentary that Rihanna was "sexier and more dangerous" than Lavigne.

Concert ticket Web site Axcess said sales for Rihanna's show in a 16,000-capacity Kuala Lumpur stadium were selling briskly Tuesday, just hours after newspapers announced the event.

Rihanna, 20, has had a slew of hits since bursting onto the music scene in 2005, including "Umbrella," "Pon de Replay" and "Unfaithful."


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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 7, 2009 at 04:41 PM
    Anonymous; No one has questioned their right to free speech. Jeesh!
  • by Anonymous Location: New Bern on Jan 7, 2009 at 02:04 PM
    Regardless, freedom of speech. It may not be a smart move on their part as they may lose fans, but if they want to bad mouth the USA they have every right to.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 7, 2009 at 06:45 AM
    I misspelled 'there' in my post. It should have been 'their'. Excuse me.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 7, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    Anonymous; I suppose that from my post one might think I was singling her out individually. So I will explain. I was painting entertainers with a 'broad brush' as MOST of them feel we (the USA) are the bad guy and many of them seem to enjoy voicing their opinion in berating the very country that gives them not only the freedom they enjoy but their lucrative bank accounts that come from people in a free society buying their product. Cactus' reference to the Dixie Chicks is an excellent example of what I am talking about. In their case, they paid the price because they did not understand there audience. You don't bad mouth the USA in the country music fan group. They are still in the business, but they are nowhere close to where they would have been. I don't know who this Rihanna chick is, nor do I care. I suppose I could have been a little more specific. It was not my intent to insinuate that she had berated the USA. Her situation in Malaysia is what caused my observation.
  • by Jesus Loves Me Location: NC on Jan 6, 2009 at 07:20 PM
    She shouldn't be dressing like that anyway, nobody likes a hussy.
  • by Anonymous Location: New Bern on Jan 6, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    I don't seem to remember her bad mouthing this country, especially since she is from Barbados and actually chose to become an American citizen. But even if these artists do choose to speak out about this country they have a right to do so, guaranteed be the first amendment.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 6, 2009 at 04:05 PM
    VBush, good comment, tones of the "Dixie Chicks" would you say. Its tough being a half dressed entainer in a Muslin country, real adjustment for entainers gone wild.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Jan 6, 2009 at 05:48 AM
    Well, VBush, maybe she'll wrap herself in the flag this time and come back here.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 6, 2009 at 04:31 AM
    It's funny how these entertainers are exposed to a little taste of what it's like NOT to be able to do what ever you want to do. What it's like NOT to be performing in a democracy. And when it's all said and done, they will still come home and bad mouth our country.
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