A day earlier, hundreds of people stormed the head offices of the Maharaja Broadcasting and Television (MBC/MTV) Network, a sponsor of Akon’s planned April concert. Four employees were injured and windows and parked cars were smashed, reports Reuters.
Protesters were angry at Akon’s video for his participation in the DJ Guetta song “Sexy Chick” (or the unedited “Sexy B**ch”), which features scantily clad women dancing in front of a statue of the Buddha. Sri Lanka’s ethnic majority Sinhalese are primarily Buddhists.
“Taking into consideration the allegations leveled against the singer Akon, the government had decided not to issue him a visa to conduct the concert in Sri Lanka,” Anusha Palpita, the Government Information Department’s director-general, said.
Palpita said that the main allegation against Akon was that he was “defaming Buddhism in his music videos.”