Should We Ban Dewi Persik?
Posted April 29, 2008on:
Dangdut singer Dewi Persik is now officially banned in Bandung, Tangerang, and Depok. It is most likely that other cities will follow as the latest news shows that even her ex husband Saiful Jamil would also ban her if he was elected vice mayor of Serang.
Although she bravely claims that she’s not afraid and will keep doing the thing that she’s been doing for years I’m sure deep down inside she feels sad knowing the fact that some people put the label “haram” on her.
Some women may support Dewi Persik and claim that she is just a proof of how unjust this world is, especialy Indonesia. Men can easily get aroused without getting sued or banned while a woman who wears sexy clothes or shows erotic gestures will quickly be called najis.
Some women think that Dewi Persik shouldn’t be banned at all. They think people should be granted freedom and let God decide whether or not one is immoral.
Other women may approve the ban saying that such action must be done in order to save the country from immoral behavior.
What about the men? It’s a tricky question, but I think most Indonesian men are trying to avoid this discussion as some of them are just big fans of singers like Dewi Persik.
I feel trapped in the middle. I have a mother who thinks that the erotic dances of some Indonesian dangdut singers have crossed the line, she thinks they’re just disgusting. But at the same time I have a lot friends who think that people should be free and we just can’t judge others so arrogantly.
What do you think?
Educated Indonesians may mock Dewi Persik. We think she’s just a big joke, dressing like a clown and thinking that she looks hot and sexy. Well, she looks pretty hot sometimes, men have to admit that. But, for all those tukang becak, tukang ojek, and mas-mas out there, Dewi Persik without a doubt is their wildest fantasy.
I know you’re laughing now picturing how even mas-mas have a wild fantasy. They’re still human after all.
The debate of who’s right and wrong on this issue seems to have no ending. Just like any other thing in life, we’ll always have people who support and don’t support. There’ll be people who agree and disagree. The winner will be decided on how many supporters one side has.
At this point it seems that there are more people who support the ban than the ones who disapprove. It might be a sign that Indonesia is indeed a religious country where most of its people condemn immoral behavior.
Or is it because all those mas-mas just don’t have a voice in this country? Do they really care about moral and immoral behavior when all they want to have is a good and cheap entertainment? You have to keep in mind that while educated and rich people in big cities have so many choices for entertainment, from watching movies to going to nightclubs, those mas-mas literally don’t have many choices after a long and tiring walk pushing their gerobak.
Now that Dewi Persik has been banned in several cities, who does suffer the most? Is it Dewi Persik as the victim of “unjust” society who can still sing and goyang in other cities or those mas-mas in Bandung, Tangerang, and Depok who can’t enjoy their favorite entertainment anymore?
Picture: Backstage crews fixing Dewi Persik’s top, taken from here.