Malaysia! Is this a face you could say no to?
Ladies and gentlemen, usually I don’t write about entertainment in The Patriot but considering this upcoming concert unlike others, is of phenomenal (allow me this slight exaggeration) National interest, I make it an exception this one time. In fact it even had the esteemed Information, Heritage and Communications Minister, Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim coming out in its defense on the condition that Ms Beyonce Knowles, the Grand Mistress of R&B behave and dress appropriately on stage. Yes, her most lethal arsenal will presumably be under covers because in Malaysia being herself on stage without condition could be misconstrued as “ reckless endangerment “ which could be an appropriate title for her Kuala Lumpur gig.
Anyway, lately I’ve been exchanging views on the topic of beauty. Honestly speaking, in most cases, when the subject is less attractive cosmetically, his or her heart will be used as compensation to maintain the credentials of being a “beautiful” person. In life we rarely discover a perfect package, which is the case even in Hollywood, in the world of pretense. A person would either be more beautiful outside than she is inside or the flip-side where she is less attractive cosmetically but beautiful in spirit.
What does this have to do with Ms Knowles you may ask? Well she is one performer who sings like a nightingale, looks like an angel, moves like the ultimate seductress and cares with full compassion and humility as shown when she corrected a gross injustice done towards a winning Country singer whose acceptance speech was rudely interrupted by a common trash of a rapper, in the recent MTV Awards. Ms Knowles is a first rate artiste.
For her to perform here avoiding impure thoughts by her gentlemen “fanatics”, she might have to wear a straight jacket restricting her moves even in a Hijab. If ever there will be an entertainer who comes to Kuala Lumpur in a complete package, it will be Beyonce.
If we can have local artistes who are known junkies perform live and on National television making them disastrous role models for the natives, why can’t we allow a drug free lady who carries herself well as a member of the performing arts to perform in front of affluent City folks?
I congratulate the Information, Heritage and Communications Minister for being open yet maintaining some of our Eastern culture by controlling the behavior and dress code of visiting foreign artistes without banning them altogether. This also helps our tourism industry as I gather there will be a huge influx of her fans from as far as Japan and Australia coming to enjoy her show and the hospitality of a multi-cultured One Malaysia.
For those who will be there, enjoy what might be the greatest show in Kuala Lumpur perhaps second only to Michael Jackson’s many years ago. To those politicians who prefer to be safe and remain “elegantly silent” on this matter, I’m sure I’ll be seeing you there in the front rows :-p