Uzbekistan: Performers Told to Cut It Out With the Raunchy Stuff
While a mood of permissiveness has descended over some sections of Uzbekistan’s entertainment business, performers are still being warned to remain on their guard.
The head of the state-run Uzbeknavo performance agency, Odilbek Abdukahharov, told Uzbek newspaper Zhamiyat that any artists who post pictures or videos “of a pornographic bent” of themselves online could lose their performing license. This kind of behavior, said Abdukahharov, is a threat to the spirituality of the nation.
As Abdukahharov explained, in an article titled “Don’t Light Fires Under the Spirituality of the Nation,” it is wrong for performers to imagine that what they post online is their business alone.
“Every month, we work with artists on spirituality and we urge them to abide by the rules. Ever day, we monitor social media and we make artists take down improper photos and videos. If that doesn’t do the job, we are forced to revoke artists’ licenses,” Abdukahharov said.
The Zhamiyat reporter behind the piece, Nargiza Mehmonova, added her own two cents of menacing rhetoric.
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