Jennifer Lopez was in the city of Rabat in Morocco on the 29th of May to perform at a televised 10 day festival alongside Usher, Akon, Pharrell, Maroon 5, Sting, and others. More than 160,000 people attended the event and J.Lo has allegedly been sued for ‘tarnishing women’s honour’ for her performance at the concert which featured all the typical hallmarks of performances from the modern day sexy songstress — gyration, booty popping and skimpy outfits.
An education group in the North African nation has filed a claim that the 45-year-old ‘disturbed public order’ after her act at the Mawazine International Music Festival was televised, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ.
Aired on television in Morocco, J.Lo’s show featured skimpy outfits and sexy dances with an emphasis on the singer’s oft-celebrated bottom.
According to the lawsuit, Jennifer ‘disturbed public order and tarnished women’s honor and respect.’
Both the singer and the concert promoter have been named in the lawsuit, which could result in a prison term of up to two years.
While the government has not gotten directly involved in the lawsuit, Morocco’s Minister of Communication did object to the televised performance.
‘What was broadcast is unacceptable and goes against broadcasting law,’ Minister Mustapha Khalfi wrote on Twitter on May 30.
RoughGuides.Com talks about what to expect when visiting the North African country:
Moroccans are extremely hospitable and very tolerant. Though most people are religious, they are generally easy-going, and most young Moroccan women don’t wear a veil, though they may well wear a headscarf. Nonetheless, you should try not to affront people’s religious beliefs, especially those of older, more conservative people, by, for example, wearing skimpy clothes, kissing and cuddling in public, or eating or smoking in the street during Ramadan.
Clothes are particularly important: many Moroccans, especially in rural areas, may be offended by clothes that do not fully cover parts of the body considered “private”, including both legs and shoulders, especially for women. It is true that in cities Moroccan women wear short-sleeved tops and knee-length skirts (and may suffer more harassment as a result), and men may wear sleeveless T-shirts and above-the-knee shorts. However, the Muslim idea of “modest dress” (such as would be acceptable in a mosque, for example) requires women to be covered from wrist to ankle, and men from over the shoulder to below the knee. In rural areas at least, it is a good idea to follow these codes, and definitely a bad idea for women to wear shorts or skirts above the knee, or for members of either sex to wear sleeveless T-shirts or very short shorts. Even ordinary T-shirts may be regarded as underwear, particularly in rural mountain areas. The best guide is to note how Moroccans dress locally.
When such headlines make the news, I often wonder whether these artists are given guidelines as to what is acceptable versus what is not before they go into cultures that are far removed from what they are used to. Would be interesting to know who the other female artists on the bill were and what they wore. Needless to say no lawsuits have been filed against Usher or the other male artists.
What do you think? When you go to Morocco you do as Moroccans do? Or is she within her rights to wear whatever pleases her… and her male fans and followers of course? No shade.
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