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Uzbekistan: Pop Stars Under Scrutiny for Producing Immoral, Unpatriotic Material

Lola Yuldasheva’s racy 2015 video for her song Konikmadim (“I Haven’t Got Used To It”), which she sings as a duet with Rayhon Ganiyeva, led to her getting stripped of her performing license in Uzbekistan in July 2015. Yuldasheva, who got her performing license back in December, defended herself from criticism by arguing that the song was simply about love and female solidarity. (Video Frame Grab)

Lola Yuldasheva’s image appears in a mirror, her hand running sensuously along down the front of an unbuttoned, silk blouse as she serenades her singing partner, Rayhon Ganiyeva.
 
The erotic scene in the video for the duo’s 2015 song Konikmadim (I Haven’t Got Used To It) was such that government officials felt a need to get involved.
 
“How to understand the behavior of some of our singers who perform on family television and dress however they want, forgetting about the traditional national style? They sing nonsensical songs and make frivolous videos,” deputy Prime Minister Elmira Bositkhonova complained.
 
The large-circulation newspaper Darakchi published an irate commentary condemning what it suggested were the lesbian overtones of the video.
 

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Uzbekistan: Pop Stars Under Scrutiny for Producing Immoral, Unpatriotic Material

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