Malaysia Cancels Concert Over Erykah Badu's Tattoo
'Allah' tattoo offends Muslim officials
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2012 10:34 AM CST
In this Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010 file photo, Erykah Badu performs during the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
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(Newser) – Erykah Badu's Malaysia concert has been canceled, and it's all thanks to the singer's tattoo. A newspaper photo revealed that Badu has the Arabic word for "Allah" inked on her upper body; officials called it "an insult to Islam" and canceled tomorrow's planned performance in Kuala Lumpur. The newspaper that ran the photo has since apologized, and the BBC notes that the tattoo may not be permanent. Concert organizers are hoping officials will change their minds. (Badu also angered Dallas once, by running around naked at JFK's assassination site.)