Comment: Trio Macan cancels Bandung show
May 22, Online
Dangdut group Trio Macan followed US pop sensation Lady Gaga in yielding to hard line group Islam Defenders Front (FPI), deciding to cancel its planned performance rather than compromising with the group’s demands.
The FPI Bandung chapter demanded Trio Macan, who planned to perform at a dangdut concert hosted by a local radio in Bandung, West Java, tone down their act by wearing headscarves and sing religious songs, citing moral reasons.
I watched a number of the Trio’s shows and while they can be a little raunchy, they have the right to be on stage.
You have the right to express your opinion and you have the right to not watch the show and you and your wives have the right to leave.
However, you do not have the right to take action; you do not have the right to interfere in anybody else’s rights, regardless of how “polite” you were. You do not have the right to stomp on their rights.
Where do you draw the line between “polite” action and “threats and violence”?
I strongly suggest that this is the time for you to reevaluate the definition of terrorism and intolerance. Democracy must include freedom and liberty for all humans, not just the majority.
I strongly suggest that those who champion the protection and promotion of human rights, including freedom of expression, to first watch this Trio Macan singers performance before they make any comments.
As a pre-warning though, I wish to inform you that there has been a case in which this group was asked to immediately stop performing, not by the FPI, but by our wives and ladies, who watched their shows.
The movements of the dances this group were performing were sexually explicit, portraying how you should wildly make love with your partner. It was really disgusting. We finally politely halted the show and asked these girls to leave the scene. I was so happy we did that; no regrets whatsoever.