08.24.05

Crackdown Crazed Turkmenistan Prez Bans Lip-Synching

Posted in The World Of Entertainment at 10:54 am by

From Rachel Saltz in Wednesday’s NY Times :

The president of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov ordered a ban on lip-synching in his country yesterday, citing its “negative effect on the development of singing and musical art,” The Associated Press reported. Under the order, lip-synching is to be banned on television, at all cultural events and even at private parties. Mr. Niyazov, who has led Turkmenistan, a former Soviet republic, since 1985, also banned opera and ballet in 2000 because, he said, they did not correspond with the national mentality. Last year, he urged a crackdown on men wearing beards or long hair and called for young people to refrain from putting gold caps on their teeth.

In a completely unrelated story, Kelly Clarkson’s autumn tour of Turkmenistan has been cancelled.

3 Responses to “Crackdown Crazed Turkmenistan Prez Bans Lip-Synching”

  1. Brushback says:

    “Last year, he urged a crackdown on men wearing beards or long hair and called for young people to refrain from putting gold caps on their teeth.

    In a completely unrelated story, Kelly Clarkson’s autumn tour of Turkmenistan has been cancelled.”

    Why, because of her beard?

  2. berdi says:

    why why why……….??????I’am from Turkmenistan..I like Kelly Clarkson…

  3. CSTB says:

    Berdi,

    see above. It’s because of her beard.

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