Rabat, Morocco(TMT)- The controversy sparked by Stefan Olsdal, singer from the band Placebo, where he went on stage in the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco with a LGBT guitar, including crossing the number 489 on his chest (check photo above), in reference to article 489 of the Moroccan Penal Code criminalizing “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex,” has grown more with more Moroccans taking to various social media and sharing their opinions on the subject.
While a minority supported the move, mainstream Moroccans were caught outrageous in the post-gaze of the placebo performance. One person wrote the following in his Facebook account:
“We invited them to Morocco. We opened our lands and our hearts to them. We gave them money from the taxes we pay to perform, though we may not agree with all what they sing. And then how they treat us back? They show an utmost disrespect to our culture, out tradition, our religion, and before all, out constitution.”
“If they are right about defending the rights of the undermined people in Morocco, why didn’t they give that money they received for charity for poor Moroccan kids, for Human rights organization in Morocco that strives for instilling more rights? I be they know Morocco is one of the poorest countries in the world.
“They are only looking for more fame. Article 489 is our pride as Moroccans. It conveys our tradition, our religion, the values of the Moroccan people since the dawn of time.
The Moroccan Times.