Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Saturday 31 July |
Saint of the Day: St. Ignatius Loyola
home iconNews
line break icon

Chorus of Protest Against Miss World in Bali

© DR

Ryan Dagur - UCAnews - published on 08/27/13 - updated on 06/08/17

Muslim hardliners in Indonesia have threatened to disrupt this year’s Miss World beauty pageant, due to be held in Bali next month.

Muslim hardliners in Indonesia have threatened to disrupt this year’s Miss World beauty pageant, due to be held in Bali next month.

The contest goes against moral values, local wisdom and particularly Islam, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) said on Sunday.

“We demand the government not allow the Miss World to take place in Indonesia,” FPI chief Habib Rizieq Shihab said at a movement rally in Jakarta.

“We are ready to break up this contest to free Bali from immorality,” he said.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should make a stand against such competitions, Shihab added.

Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body, the Ulema Council, made a similar call at the weekend, as did Hisbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), a Sunni Muslim political group, which said the contest was an insult to women’s dignity.

We call on Muslims “to fiercely oppose the staging of this pageant in Indonesia and the importing of all liberal culture into our lands, including the objectification of women and lewd entertainment culture that spreads immorality,” HTI said on its website on Saturday.

In June last year a Lady Gaga concert in Jakarta was canceled because of Muslim oppostion.

However, parliamentarian Eva Kusuma Sundari of the Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) said the calls were unfounded.

“It’s a mistake” to view the Miss World contest as a mere physical competition, she said.

“There are other aspects, such as the contestant’s intelligence, beauty and bravery,” she said, adding that the swimwear round is just a small part of the entire contest.

“Indonesia isn’t an Islamic state,” she added.

The competition’s organizers have also reiterated that the swimwear round has been omitted from this year’s competition.

“Contestants will wear sarongs or beach dresses, not bikinis. Each contestant is encouraged to creatively design their dress,” Syahril Nasution of the Nusantara Citra (MNC) Group said on Monday.

This year’s competition kicks off in Nusa Dua, Bali, on September 7 and the winner will be crowned on September 28 at the Sentul International Convention Center in West Java.

Originally published by UCA News on 26 August 2013.

Tags:
Islam
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
HIDILYN DIAZ
Cerith Gardiner
Gold-winning Filipina Olympian shares her Miraculous Medal for th...
2
SIMONE BILES
Cerith Gardiner
Simone Biles leaves the Olympics with an important lesson for her...
3
Zelda Caldwell
World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic f...
4
ORGAN
J-P Mauro
Reconstructing a 12th-century pipe organ discovered in the Holy L...
5
PRINCESS DIANA AND MOTHER TERESA
Mathilde De Robien
Did you know Princess Di was buried with a rosary?
6
Zelda Caldwell
German women’s gymnastics teams modest dress protests sport’s ...
7
Lauren Daigle
J-P Mauro
After 3 years Lauren Daigle ousts herself from #1 Billboard spot
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.