The ‘New Rules’ singer, Dua Lipa was forced to change her Instagram caption for a post dedicated to her father’s birthday after a handful of Malaysians made fun of her for using the word ‘babi’, the Malay word for pig (if you don’t already know, pig or pork is haram in Islam).
The international pop star, who is of Albanian descent, wrote “Happy Birthday babi” on the social media platform yesterday – with a cute baby photo of her and her father. Although the word ‘babi’ means pig in Bahasa Malaysia, the word actually carries the meaning of father in Albanian.
With the amount of Malaysians mocking the singer for the use of the word in her comments, Dua ultimately edited the post to be captioned as “Happy Birthday Dad”.
Dua Lipa is set to perform here in Malaysia for her Self-Titled Tour in Kuala Lumpur on May 3. But with they way Malaysians acted, some fans expressed their fear of her reconsidering the show. Thankfully, the Malay Mail reported that the singer’s record label confirmed there will no changes to her scheduled appearance at KL Live.
Sad that @DUALIPA had to edit her beautiful birthday post to her dad on Instagram, although she had NO obligation to do so, at all.
Just bc a lot of STUPID Malaysians couldn’t care less about respecting her culture and language. I’m telling you y’all don’t deserve her.
— Aaron Stone (@jeremyarun) March 5, 2018
malay people really took it to a whole new level – my sis Dua Lipa had to change her caption. ☹️ ily pls know we’re not all stupid @DUALIPA
— sǝʎǝʞɐuɐʎɹɐ ◕‿◕ (@aryanaKeyes) March 6, 2018
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