The controversy generated by Jennifer Lopez’ performance in Morocco has reached a new national executive level, as the country’s prime minister is now demanding an investigation into what he called a ‘disgraceful’ concert.
As ENTmania! reported, the singer has been sued by a Moroccan citizen and an educational group over her raunchy performance in the Mawazine Festival – one of Morocco’s biggest – in Rabat on May 29, which aired on public TV reaching 2 million citizens. Her performance was labelled a ‘sex show’ and led to protests, including calls for the Minister of Communications to resign.
On May 30, the communications minister promised to contact the TV channel to discuss the ethics of broadcasting JLo’s show, condemning it as ‘unacceptable and ‘against broadcasting law.’ But now, Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane has fired off a letter to the president of Morocco’s High Authority of Audiovisual Communication, demanding that they ‘take legal measures against those responsible’ for the broadcast.
Benkirane described the airing of Lopez’s performance as a ‘serious delinquency’, adding that it contained ‘sexually suggestive’ and ‘disgraceful scenes’ that violated the country’s audiovisual law.
The scenes, he continued, were riddled ‘with sexual overtones and which were indecent and provocative to the religious and moral values of Moroccan society’ and that the channel ‘failed to intervene and stop the broadcast of the disgraceful scenes’ even though there was a delay.
As it is now, Jennifer Lopez and her promoter face up to two years in prison if prosecuted