Eccentric singer Ke$ha's concert in Malaysia has been forcefully canceled. The show was axed after the authorities in the Muslim-majority country said that the show might "hurt cultural and religious sensitivities."
The Associated Press reported that concert organizer Livescape received a letter with news of the decision the night before the concert was supposed to happen on Saturday, October 26 at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur. Because of the cancellation, the concert organizer claimed that they had lost more than $350,000.
Separately, Malaysia's Ministry of Communications and Multimedia said that it was rejecting the application for Ke$ha's performance for reasons of religion and culture, but did not elaborate.
Ke$ha, whose hits including "Tik Tok" and "Die Young", has been known for explicitly singing about sex and liquors. However, for her show in Malaysia, Ke$ha agreed to make some changes to comply with the country's culture.
Livescape said in a statement, "Livescape would also like to go on record to applaud and thank Kesha and her team for working closely with us and having agreed to modify the show to suit the Malaysian culture and sensitivities, including having made adjustments to her song lyrics, wardrobe changes, and a set list that was modified to specifically adhere to the guidelines set forth by the authorities."
Ke$ha later took to Twitter to vent her frustration over the canceled show. She also revealed that she was "threatened with imprisonment" if she wanted to keep the concert going on despite the government's disapproval. "To be clear. I did NOT cancel," she tweeted. "I was not allowed to play. and then I was going to play anyways and was threatened with imprisonment."