Hollywood actress and singer Jennifer Lopez has been sued for “scantily” covered dress at the 14th Mawazine World Rhythms International Music Festival in Rabat on May 29, 2015 by an educational group along with the organizers.
Jennifer Lopez was blamed for wearing skimpy outfits during her performance that was aired on national television in the African country by which she had “disturbed public order and tarnished women’s honor and respect.”
TMZ report said Lopez’s “Waiting for Tonight” performance, if prosecuted and convicted may result in jail term from one month to two years as per the norms in Morocco. The show was attended by more than 160,000 people but her “scandily dressed and suggestive poses” led to widespread protests in the country demanding the resignation of the minister of communication for allowing to be broadcast on the national television.
However, Minister of Communication Mustapha Khalfi said he would seek the national television’s ethics committee before finalising his move on the controversy. The show was aired during the primetime, said other reports. “What was broadcast is unacceptable and goes against broadcasting law,” Khalfi had said on Twitter.
Prior to the show, the 45-year-old singer wearing just a top and showing her undergarments, had told a press conference, “I’m excited for everyone to see my whole show and experience a Moroccan audience for the first time that way.”
Otherwise, the annual ediction of Morocco festival is a world famous event attracting artistes and literary figures and this year Pharrell Williams, Sting, Maroon 5, Usher and Akon were among the Arab and African stars who visited the event.
Being a devoutly Muslim country, Morocco observes the religion strictly and many tips for tourists and visitors warn against breaking the norms of respectful dressing while visiting the country. The general advisory is that men should wear t-shirts and light trousers rather than shorts and vests, while women should look to cover their shoulders and wear skirts or shorts that cover up to the knees.