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Indonesian Muslims rally against ‘pornographic’ Miss World

Muslim women chant slogans during a protest demanding the cancellation of the Miss World pageant that will be held in Bali and Sentul, West Java later this month, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. Hundreds of Muslims staged the rally saying that such a competition violates Islamic teachings. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

JAKARTA — More than 1,000 Islamic hardliners demonstrated against the Miss World beauty contest in host country Indonesia Thursday, denouncing it as “smut and pornography,” as protests grow ahead of the show’s weekend opening.

Opposition to the pageant in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation has intensified in the past week, with demonstrators and some officials calling for the event to be scrapped.

Organizers have already dropped the contest’s famous bikini round but the move has failed to appease hardliners and protests have been growing, with Thursday’s the biggest yet.

Some 800 men and women from the Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia hardline group gathered in Jakarta outside the social welfare ministry, calling for the government’s support to cancel the show.

They marched to the headquarters of MNC media group, which will broadcast the event and is the local organizer, brandishing banners that read “MNC: spreading smut and pornography”, and “Miss World: pageant of deviation.”

“Do we want our country to be seen as the most pornographic?” one protester shouted.

“We are going to keep rallying to tell people how degrading this event is to women,” protest organizer Zikra Asri told AFP, surrounded by women in Islamic headscarves and loose black dresses.

In Medan city on the island of Sumatra, another 500 members of Hizbut Tahrir marched to government buildings, demanding the event be scrapped.

Despite growing opposition to the event, the organizers have said that “the show must go on” and insisted Wednesday the event would be respectful to Indonesian culture.

The Miss World contest begins Sunday on the resort island of Bali, where the majority are Hindu and women sunbathe on beaches in skimpy swimwear with little fear of causing offense.

The winner will be crowned on the outskirts of Jakarta on September 28.

While most Indonesians in the nation of 240 million people practice a moderate form of Islam, a vocal hardline fringe has succeeded in getting events cancelled in the past.

Last year, pop sensation Lady Gaga axed a concert after hardliners threatened to burn down the venue and criticised her for wearing only “a bra and panties.”

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Tags: Beauty Pageants , Indonesia , Lifestyle , Miss World , Religion , Women

  • boboposter

    Miss World is pornographic and degrading to women? Eh anong tawag nyo sa Islam???

    • Guest

      Degrading yes, but at least not pornographic. Kaya nga makikinis na papang Pinoy ang pinagtritriphan ng mga balbong Arabo eh, hehe…

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    • xxxriainxxx

      Bigot. Shameful.

      • Guest

        Hi riain! Good to see you here! Had an argument with this guy on the same issue and the guy got no respect whatsoever!

      • txtman SUPOTiful Bading


      • sarapbuhay

        koreeeeeek he he he

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    • sarapbuhay

      hayan gusto na naman yung kanilang relehyon kuno ang masunod, haay naku wag mo naman e-F word si allah he he he yung lasingerong si moammad na lang dahil sya ang nagpasimula sa kultong yan.

      • txtman SUPOTiful Bading

        OK SIGE

        F U C K MUHAMMAD

      • sarapbuhay

        napansin mo ba yung mga mukha nung mga nagrarally ? kaya sila galit kasi ang papangiiiiit nila he he he

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    • Dax Cogitlog

      A civilization should go forward but theirs is going backward !!! What’s in their mind ????

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  • flip1sba

    In all places why the event itself will be held in a Muslim majority country when there are other places where such is more tolerant like The Philippines for example.

  • alfred sanchez

    how about polygamy in Islams, women not allowed to study, vote and drive, and all the violence related to women in Islams? i haven’t heard any rally about them

    slaves choosing to be slaves, that’s the battle cry of the women in the picture

  • tadasolo

    Islam religion of piety but they gassed their children in Syria. Most tourist in Indonesia go to Bali an Hindu Island of peace and serenity twice bomb by muslim fanatics.

  • Cubano

    Can’t the organizers find another host country? Stupid to hold the pageant in a muslim country.

  • RealityCheckX

    What a hypocritical and backward religion! Lemme count all the Filipino Muslims I know who respect their wives, avoid pork and alcohol. By allah! None at all!

  • kismaytami

    As if this religion treats woman equally. LOL! They can’t degrade women, because women are already degraded in their religion.

    • Dax Cogitlog

      It is not a religion it is a CULT !!!!

  • alex ca

    ang babae sa kanila binibili lang kaya walang silbi….women are consider a comodities….Kung mayaman ka pwede ang mag asawa ng sampo na ilagay mo sa isang bahay kaya kung magkaanak lahat yan ng sapu din naku may barrio ka na…..

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