Malaysia bans Erykah Badu show over Allah tattoos

February 28, 2012 4:45:08 AM PST
Muslim-majority Malaysia has banned a planned concert by Erykah Badu after a photograph appeared showing the Grammy-winning singer with the Arabic word for Allah written on her body.

The American R&B singer had been scheduled to perform Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.

Some Muslim groups said Badu was an unsuitable role model for young Malaysians after seeing a publicity photo of her with what appeared to be temporary tattoos of the word Allah on her bare shoulders.

An Information Ministry official said a government committee decided Tuesday to forbid the concert because Badu has "offended the religious sensitivities" of Muslims by posing with such tattoos. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make public statements.