Uzbekistan: Robbie Williams’ Bottom Ignites Online Firestorm
British pop singer Robbie Williams has sparked online rage in Uzbekistan by pointing at his bottom during a concert in the capital, Tashkent.
Those unfazed by the singer’s mildly saucy gesture, meanwhile, are bristling with irritation at the cost of tickets for the December 15 show.
Williams’ performance, which was organized by Uzbek-Russian billionaire and co-owner of London football club Alisher Usmanov, was a rare event for Uzbekistan. Prominent Western artists rarely make it to Uzbekistan, and those that have gone there in the past have done so at a cost to their reputation. This show was seemingly intended to demonstrate how the country is opening up since the death last year of dour authoritarian President Islam Karimov.
Williams began his concert by emerging onto the stage in an Uzbek-style khalat, or robe, and briefly introducing himself to the crowd in his characteristically irreverent manner.
“This is my band,” he said, pointing to the back of the stage.
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