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Meanwhile in Uzbekistan, performing in “immoral pants” will get you banned

Uzbekistan is one of those former Soviet republics that has their own way of looking at things. Take the case of singer Kaniza (real name: Shahrizoda Ahmedova), an Uzbek singing star. She’s been banned by “music industry regulators” known as the Uzbekkonsert, for performing in what they determined to be “immoral pants.”

Kaniza has had her performance license revoked and will stay that way until she “makes amends” (huh?) or one month, whichever comes first. If she refuses to change her ways, further punishments will be forthcoming.

Here’s the performance–a wedding gig–that created all the kerfuffle. Social media caused the issues, claiming that she was performing without any pants at all. Take a look.

Turns out there are many things that can get you censured and punished in Uzbekistan. Take a look.

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