Enrique Iglesias fans attending a concert in Sri Lanka threw bras at the handsome singer, much to the chagrin of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. Although the president doesn’t believe the women who threw bras at Enrique Iglesias should be punished, he believes a very severe punishment is due concert organizers.
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“I don’t advocate that these uncivilized women who removed their brassieres should be beaten with toxic stingray tails,” Sirisena said, according to the BBC, “but those who organized such an event should be. This is most uncivilized behavior that goes against our culture.”
Enrique Iglesias appeared in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo on December 20 as part of his “Sex and Love” world tour. Apparently the Sri Lankan president had no idea what fans of the King of Latin Pop are accustomed to doing at these concerts.
In addition to the issue of bras being thrown, President Sirisena found fault with the price of Enrique Iglesias concert tickets. The tickets ranged in price between $25 and $250.
He also said, according to the Colombo Gazette, that local authorities failed to make the right kinds of inquiries prior to approving the Enrique Iglesias concert.
“I need to say these things. As a Sinhalese Buddhist I cannot refrain from expressing my views. I will speak out when our traditions and culture is harmed,” he said.
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He added that some events are organized solely for the sake of making money, but people too often fail to understand that not everything is about the money.
It certainly doesn’t sound like Enrique Iglesias will be invited back to Sri Lanka to perform any time soon.