One of the hardest things about being a celebrity is that you have to take care of your image. Fans and the general public will have their perception and celebs have to constantly remind themselves not to taint that image. But even if there are no ill intentions, people will still find something to criticise.
Malay Muslim celebrities are always subjected to something that is considered haram in Islam. Recently, influencer Coki was caught with a girl sitting on his lap in a car and prior to that, actress Sharifah Sakinah was criticised for shaving her head. Netizens have a lot to say about Yuna after she was recently spotted hugging a fellow singer at New York Fashion Week.
Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna has made a name for herself in the US and has been making amazing progress in her career outside of Malaysia over the years but because of this, fans have shown their concern about her forgetting her roots. The singer was recently spotted at New York Fashion Week wearing Coach from head-to-toe but what caught people’s attention was when she met up with a famous friend.
Indonesia singer Afgan also attended New York fashion week and posted a series of IG stories of him meeting up with fellow celeb friends, one of which was Yuna. The two greeted by embracing each other and the IG story was met with mixed reactions by netizens. Some feared the 35-year-old has forgotten her boundaries as both are Muslim and Yuna is a married woman while others don’t think it was a big deal as hugging is the norm in the US.
So far neither Yuna nor Afgan have addressed the issue. This is obviously not the first time Malaysian netizens showed their concern for the “Pink Youth” singer. Prior to this, the 2016 Billboard Best R&B Albums Award recipient was criticised for being too “sexy” in her album’s concept photos. She also once replied to a netizen who questioned her religion when she attended Coachella during Ramadan.