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Malaysian Government Issues Warning to Coldplay Over LGBT+ Support, Threatens Concert Shutdown: Report

The Malaysian government has issued a stern warning to Coldplay, cautioning against LGBT+ support during their concert today and threatening a shutdown if deemed necessary. Despite rejecting calls for cancellation, protests have emerged over the band’s advocacy. Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil expressed optimism but confirmed discussions about a potential “kill switch.” Heightened security measures are in place for the event expected to draw 75,000 attendees.

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In a bold move, the Malaysian government has cautioned Coldplay that their concert today, scheduled for 22nd November, will face shutdown if the band engages in what authorities deem as “misbehavior.”

While rejecting calls from conservative Muslim groups to cancel the show, protests led by the opposition bloc have arisen due to Coldplay’s vocal support for the LGBT+ community.

Frontman Chris Martin, recognized for proudly waving Pride flags during performances, and the band’s penchant for adorning concerts in rainbow colors, has sparked controversy in Malaysia.

However, Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil downplayed concerns, stating he anticipates no issues with Coldplay’s inaugural Malaysian concert.

Despite this, security measures have been significantly intensified for the event, expected to draw a crowd of approximately 75,000 people at a stadium outside the capital.

Responding to inquiries about the potential use of a “kill switch” to cut off power to the stadium, Fahmi confirmed, “Yes, it’s one of the things we have discussed with the organizer.” He further highlighted that the Prime Minister acknowledged Coldplay’s support for Palestine, contributing to the government’s optimism about the concert.

It’s worth noting that Malaysia implemented the controversial “kill switch” measure following a previous incident involving British rock band The 1975.

The band’s frontman, Matty Healy, criticized Malaysia’s anti-LGBT+ laws and kissed a male bandmate on stage, resulting in the suspension of the Kuala Lumpur festival and a reported ban on The 1975’s future performances in the country.

Addressing the past controversy, Healy defended his actions in a recent speech during a gig in Dallas, Texas. He clarified that The 1975’s performance in Malaysia was facilitated by festival organizers who were aware of the band’s political views and stage show.

Healy emphasized that the on-stage kiss was not a calculated stunt but a recurring element of The 1975’s performances, performed numerous times before.

As Coldplay takes the stage in Malaysia amid heightened security and governmental warnings, the clash between artistic expression, political views, and societal expectations continues to unfold in the vibrant landscape of live music performances.