The brave Malaysian moral police force recently took to Twitter to address their concerns with what Malaysian gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, 21, was wearing when she was competing at the SEA (South-East Asian) Games in Singapore earlier this month.
Now, you may be wondering if she was wearing something provocative… Well yes, she was. She was wearing something so provocative that we might even see Kim Kardashian sporting the very same dress to the next Met Gala - I must honestly say, I’m looking forward to that.
So what exactly did she wear? She was wearing a blue leotard that was approved by the International Federation of Gymnastics; clothing that gymnasts need to wear if they’re hoping to compete. Hadi didn’t just compete in one - she won six medals in one, including two golds.
While the rest of the “normal” population saw an athlete perform amazingly flexible feats with ease and grace, the moral police of Malaysia - mostly men - saw a Muslim woman swinging from pole to pole with the coordination and precision of well-trained Eastern European stripper.
And, in the fashion of a true stripper, she didn’t just entertain the married men of Malaysia watching her performance but she intentionally managed to show them the shape of her “aurat” or vagina. They weren’t just mildly taken aback - they went berserk at the sight of her camel toe and took to Twitter to talk about her grotesque sense of fashion and her choice as to where she’d spend eternity.
There were quite a few responses, but here are a few that were noteworthy.
One known as Addieputra Jentayu wrote: “This is the joy of the temporal world… even though our afterlife will be full of pain from Allah swt, what is it compared to the medal hung around that neck if our spirit in the afterlife suffer one day later.”
A valid point indeed, because nothing can send you to hell faster than wearing a “temporal” leotard while competing in a “temporal” sporting event in a “temporal” world. Because we all know and understand that we won’t be judged based on our selfless character, but we will be judged based on the colour of our leotards and for the type of sporting events we choose to compete in.
Selflessness is overrated. Modesty and selfishness is the way to go. Another Facebook user, Amir Muhd remarked, “Just strip off your clothes lah… let everyone see.”
Yes!! If you’re representing Malaysia internationally at a sporting event, you better be naked. In my opinion, this is what happens when you disallow people from visiting Pornhub in Malaysia. All of a sudden, people expect everyone else around them to be naked.
Another Facebook user posted the image below with the caption, “In Malaysia, there is a non-negotiable ultimatum for all competing female gymnasts to win medals dressed like this.”
Hey, if Batman can do it—so can you!
The lists of responses are endless but they aren’t enough to justify the ridiculousness of competing in gymnastics with a leotard – of course we have to be modest at all times - even when we are swinging from pole to pole in a prestigious and internationally-recognised sports competition.
Matter of fact, I’m surprised that people don’t have their panties up in a bunch over the picture of her foot that she posted on Twitter. I mean come on, Hadi, cover your foot - you’re tempting every odd Malaysian man with a foot fetish. Where’s your modesty?
Disclaimer: The author wrote this in response to the overwhelming amount of ridiculous comments about Farah Ann on social media. It was written purely from a sarcastic standpoint to show how nonsensical some of them are. Don’t take them seriously! We wish Farah Ann a hearty congratulations on her numerous wins!
Edited from an original post on vulcanpost.com from 15 June 2015.
Words: Ajay Madhukar