KUALA LUMPUR - Even after toning down Ke$ha's normally raunchy performance, all it took for officials to cancel her weekend concert here was an online video that accuses the American pop singer of being a "satanic cult leader".
The 25-minute-long video made and posted on YouTube by an American Christian fundamentalist group four months ago described the singer-songwriter as a "terrible role model" who leads a "perverse and rebellious" life.
A source in the concert's management told The Straits Times that once officials in charge of concert approvals saw the video, the organisers, Livescape, had to pull the plug on Ke$ha's Warrior Tour performance at the National Stadium last Saturday.
"Online videos like that really don't help our case," he said on condition of anonymity.
Livescape, which has staged more than 100 shows featuring locals and foreign artists, said it adhered to "specific" guidelines by the authorities to make sure they do not offend "religious sensitivities and cultural values".
"After incidents like these, we'll probably take a step back to lick our wounds," said Livescape publicity manager Jason Kong. "But that doesn't deter us from attempting to hold more events."
Various Western stars have had to censor their lyrics, wardrobes and even omit some controversial songs to get approval to perform in Malaysia from authorities which fear they might anger conservative Muslims.