All We Are Saying Is … Give Pop a Chance
Attention, Kofi Annan! Still struggling to bring peace to the world’s trouble spots? You’ve overlooked one potential solution: pop music! Congo already has its answer to the Wu-Tang Clan; Lebanon has its own jailbait teen-pop sensation; and there’s even a Palestinian Nick Lachey. With musicians as outrageous, trashy and decadent as these, can western-style democracy really be far behind?
Nothing — not the Bali terrorist bombings, not the 2004 tsunami, not lingering tensions with separatists in Aceh or former colonial subjects in East Timor — has rocked Indonesia’s populace quite like the controversy over pop star Inul Daratista ’s dance moves. Daratista’s suggestive gyrations, a style known as “drilling,” were denounced in a fatwa by the Indonesian Muslim Council, inspired anti-pornography legislation in the Indonesian parliament and drew jeers from other Indonesian pop singers. The public, of course, loved every minute of it, and the slinky 27-year-old remains the nation’s biggest star.
Inul Daratista = Kelis – Nas