Thursday, August 26, 2004
Suspicions of racism take center stage in "Malaysian Idol"
Suspicions of racism are overshadowing the Malaysian version of the hit U.S. television singing competition "American Idol," after a judge on the local show suggested that race influenced how people voted for their favorite contestants.
The controversy has drawn parallels to the most recent season of "American Idol," where results of one episode in April provoked allegations of racial bias because three singers who ended up with low vote counts were all black.
Race is a sensitive subject in this multiethnic Southeast Asian country. Race relations are amicable, but concerns about any ethnic conflict remain embedded in the national consciousness more than three decades after 1969 race riots that killed hundreds of people.
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Posted by Zul at Thursday, August 26, 2004