Uh oh, Malaysian darling Yuna is being criticised for public indecency.

Yuna recently took to Instagram and Twitter to post a video of her and Usher, who will be performing at the 2016 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX this October, singing their hit song “Crush” at The Roots Picnic 2016 in Philadelphia, USA. The video went viral due to the spontaneous hug the 2 artistes shared on stage, causing a stir among the songstress’ Malaysian fans on social media.

Source: YouTube Screenshot
Source: YouTube Screenshot

One user tweeted, “Omg I’m shocked to see Yuna hugging Usher. Like seriously Yuna?”, while another wrote, “Yuna hugging Usher in one show. So Yuna is no different from other artistes who hugs other men and women. Sorry Yuna fans.”

On the other hand, some fans stood up for the singer by saying that Usher is not familiar with the etiquette of Malaysian culture.

Source: Beautiful Nara
Source: Beautiful Nara

Meanwhile, Yuna wrote a long letter to her fans on Instagram along with a throwback picture shot by Bruce Weber for Barney’s cultural difference campaign.

In her caption, she wrote:

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“My father always told me ‘You make your own decision. You can think. Why do you have to listen to other people?’ Isn’t it weird, the biggest racism and discrimination that I’ve ever faced, was never from the Americans- it was from my own race. There I’ve said it.

They call me ‘perempuan sampah’ and tell me to ‘might as well go naked’. The worst, hurtful & sexist things I’ve ever had thrown to me, were from the lips of the Malays. All I can do is be patient. Allah is great. And Alhamdulillah for everything.

So this is me. I will wear whatever I want. I will show my appreciation whether it’s a handshake, or a hug, to my friends, this is me. Save your mediocre downgrading religious preach to yourself, they have no meaning to me.”

She even took to Twitter to respond to her haters saying, “Drinking tea while reading comments by haters before soundcheck.”

You tell ’em girl 🙂

Watch the controversial video below:

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29-year-old Yuna aka Yunalis Mat Zara’ai made her US debut in 2011 with her first single, “Decorate”. To date, she has released 3 studio albums and several Malaysian singles such as “Terukir di Bintang”, “Cinta Sempurna”, and “Gadis Semasa”. Her 3rd international studio album, “Chapters”, was named as one of “Best R&B Albums of 2016 So Far” by the Rolling Stone recently.

For more information, visit Yuna’s websiteFacebook page, and Instagram.

Sources: Beautiful NaraAstro Awani, The Hive Asia.

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