Diva Beyonce Knowles strutting her stuff in the conservative Middle East?
Al Arabiya reported that organizers, seeking to avoid a similar fate for Beyonce, decided to hold her concert hundreds of miles away from Cairo at a thinly populated Red Sea resort. Beyonce’s world tour, which continues until next March, has already run afoul of conservative Islam. She postponed her October 25 concert in Malaysia after the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party called for the Kuala Lumpur show to be scrapped because it would promote “Western sexy performances.” Beyonce previously called off a 2007 concert in Malaysia over the country’s dress code. Government rules there require female performers to cover themselves from shoulders to knees, and show no cleavage. Instead, the singer performed in Indonesia, where rules governing stage performances by female singers are more relaxed than in Malaysia. Other female singers like Avril Lavigne and Gwen Stefani have performed in Malaysia despite similar protests. Both singers showed little skin in their performances, however. Beyonce is scheduled to perform in Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, the UK and Ireland in November. Dates in Brazil, South Africa and South America are due before the tour ends next spring.