Enrique Iglesias Concert Promoters Should Be “Beaten,” Declares Sri Lankan President

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Enrique Iglesias Sri Lanka

By Michael Lewittes

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Enrique Iglesias won’t be welcomed back to Sri Lanka anytime soon. The country’s president Maithripala Sirisena demanded that promoters for his ‘Sex and Love’ show on December 20 be “beaten with poisonous stingray tails for what he felt was indecent entertainment.

Sirisena was outraged about the sexual elements of the concert in the island nation’s capital of Colombo, as well as women in the audience throwing their bras at Iglesias. The Sri Lankan president clarified that the bra-throwing women shouldn’t be beaten with stingray tails, but that “those who organized such an event should be.” He also vowed that the government would take tighter control on entertainment within the country so “these indecent concerts should never receive authorization again in Sri Lanka.”

Sirisena also objected to the ticket prices for Iglesias’ show, which ranged from 5,000 rupees ($35) to 50,000 rupees ($350). The average monthly salary in the country south of India is less than $600. Promoters for Live Events, which put on the show, later apologized. They acknowledged the issues at the concert and said in a statement: “We wish to reiterate that we remain fully committed to all of you and our country.”

Iglesias seemed oblivious to the controversy, posting an Instagram video shortly after the concert and referring to the crowd as “unbelievable.” Tell Gossip Cop what you think about the Sri Lankan president declaring the concert promoters for Enrique Iglesias’ show be beaten with stingray tails.

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