Jennifer Lopez’s dance moves at a concert in Morocco seem to have cost the country’s communication minister his job.
J-Lo performed at the Mawazine Festival in Rabat in front of 160,000 fans on Friday. Her performance at the event was condemned as “a breach of public decency” by prominent figures of the ruling Justice and Development Party, BBC reported.
The singer was previously criticized for singing a birthday song to the leader of Turkmenistan, who is accused of human rights violation. Jennifer responded to this criticism by saying, had she known the country had human rights violation issues, she’d never have performed.
But this time things got serious as Morocco’s Minister of Communication Mustapha Khalfi was criticized for permitting the gig to be broadcast on public television resulting into calls for his removal from the position. Khalfi however has rejected calls for his resignation, as reported by newspapers.
Moroccan media also censured the American singer for her “suggestive poses” and for being “scantily” dressed.
A number of MPs have requested that the “education, culture and communications committee of parliament hold a meeting” to discuss why the show was broadcast.
As seen on Twitter, Mr Khalfi planned to contact 2M TV’s (Morocco’s TV channel which aired the concert) ethics committee to discuss the issue.
“What was broadcast is unacceptable and goes against broadcasting law,” he said.
Along with Jennifer Lopez, singer and producer Pharrell Williams also performed at the festival over the weekend, with Usher, Placebo and Maroon 5 also scheduled to take to the stage over the coming days.