Watain Show In Canceled In Singapore over Religious Concerns

Watain was to perform their debut show ever in Singapore tonight, but was canceled due to the bands’ apparent penchant “denigrating religions and promoting violence.” The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) released a statement today saying it had earlier allowed the show — which was due to be held at EBX Live Space — to take place with a rating of Restricted 18 (R18). However, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) determined that the performance should not proceed. The following quotes come from Blabbermouth.net 

“Given the band’s history, IMDA imposed further stringent requirements including the removal of songs which are religiously offensive, that the band cannot make references to religion or use religious symbols and that no ritualistic acts are performed on stage,” IMDA said in the statement.

“MHA has expressed serious concerns about the concert, given the band’s history of denigrating religions and promoting violence, which has potential to cause enmity and disrupt Singapore’s social harmony.

“Watain is known for its Satanist views and some of their previous controversial performances involved animal carcasses and throwing pig’s blood on its audience. The band also espouses anti-Christian views and advocates Satanism through their songs and endorses violence.

“MHA has therefore asked IMDA to consider canceling the concert for reasons of public order, and IMDA has agreed.”

One of the concert organizers told Channel NewsAsia he was expecting a crowd of about 150. It cost between S$15,000 (approximately $11,000 USD) and S$20,000 (approximately $14,700) to bring the band to Singapore.

The Change.org petition, which was addressed to the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, described the bands as “not (representing) the culture which we want in our youths.” It added: “Their subliminal messages in their songs include death and suicide