PETALING JAYA: A British band has earned the ire of Malaysians for posting a picture of the Malaysian flag upside down after the band failed to get visas for a show in the country.
Carcass, an extreme metal band from Liverpool, posted the image on its Facebook page after the Malaysian authorities supposedly did not allow it to play a gig.
“Sorry Malaysia, no show for you guys in May. Seems like your government officials still haven't updated their calendars to the 21st century - we've had our visas declined on the basis of our "lyrical content. Laughable and embarrassing.
“Give us a call when you get yourselves a sensible secular state. PS if you're reading this you're too late, we already "corrupted" your youth and played Kuching last year!” the band said in a Facebook posting Friday.
A Malaysia fan commented that some of the band’s biggest fans were from Malaysia and there was no need to turn the flag upside down.
“That was uncalled for. So disappointed with your status,” he commented.
An inverted flag is usually used in distress situations or sometimes as a form of protest.
Prince Rock Watari, another fan of the band, said the ban had nothing to do with the flag or the country.
Dama Taro said many other bands such as Lamb of God and Kreator were not allowed to play here previously, but they were not disrespectful.
“It’s not right to post a picture of a flag upside down. It is disrespectful,” he said.
Allan Mnz asked if being denied visas gave Carcass the right to use the flag and make fun of the people.
“Your tone is nothing but disrespectful in general...I doubt this is the way to express your anger towards the situation,” he said.
According to Wikipedia, the early work of the band was tagged as splatter death metal, hard-gore and gore-grind because of its morbid lyrics and gruesome album covers.