By Muhammad Saad
Singapore is an affluent country. Many call it a nanny state as ridicule. Its flexibility and openness for business magnates and big commercial setups is well known all over the world. Most of its citizens are reserved and conservative in their social and public lives.
Recent news shows the flexibility and openness of its government towards social change and mobility. It also reflects that the social control is decreasing and the Singapore social status quo is ready for a change. The Singapore concert of pop super star, Madonna, is going to be held on the 28th of February. Arrangements are underway. It will be organized in the National Stadium where more than fifty-five thousand people will attend.
As reported by Vizpro, an entertainment media corporation, the event is a part of the Madonna’s Rebel Heart global tour. It will be only a one night event. The point to note is that only people over eighteen years of age are allowed to see the show. This is with respect to the sexual reference rating of the show. This show has been rated as R-18. This classification is done by the Media Development Authority which also censors and controls the film and general broadcast content as well.
The Strait Times newspaper has reported that Madonna’s concert in Singapore contains a segment in which the dancers will dress as scantily-clad, pole-dancing nuns.
Besides business and tourism, Singapore has also emerged as an entertainment hub. Entertainment industry is vital because of its share in the GDP but keeping in view the social values and moral upbringing of the new generation, rating the concert as R-18 is a step in the right direction.