Posts Tagged ‘peter pan’

Peterporn: Lots of Threats, No Action So Far

June 24, 2010

Luna Maya was shocked

After 12 hours, I’m still waiting to find out whether the police have acted on their promise to arrest Luna Maya and Cut Tari rather than defend their homes or arrest those making threats against their lives.

If you’ve been following the story, you’ll know that there was a small demonstration of 1,000 (pitifully low turnout by Indonesian standards) members of the ultra right Islamic Defenders Front.  Despite their small size, they manage to grab a lot of media attention because of their menacing costumes and behaviour.   The press were rewarded when they threatened to seek out the homes of the two female celebrities and administer rough justice.

As often happens the police have taken what they see as the easiest way out.  Instead of mounting an operation against the ringleaders of the demonstration and the people who made the threats, they have announced their intention to arrest the entertainers.  This is not good policing, firstly because they have no basis to charge them, secondly because it sends a signal that anyone can make threats against another human without risk of punishment.  How would Fadilah Karimah feel if the tables were turned on her?  How if  someone in the media decided to ridicule her?  (please, someone?).

In fact, I believe it’s more than just a matter of the police preparing an operation and rounding up the ringleaders.  There is a force within the Jakarta elite which sponsors and protects this organisation.  The Front truely is a front, controlled by a puppet master.  There would be consequences if the police took them on.  But public pressure is building for the police to ‘do something’.  So they have done the least they think they can do, which is to threaten the powerless.  Hopefully it will all blow over before they are forced to act on their threat.

The President’s hands are tied since his Information Minister made a huge gaffe comparing the celebrities with Jesus crucified.  He is somewhat hampered by his reliance on some Islamic parties within his coalition government.  So far he has threatened to introduce some form of internet filtering, but nothing certain yet.  As he will not be eligible for re-election, it’s possible that he will not be able to carry through with that anyhow.

There is still no certainty about what the people of Indonesia think about all of this.  Judging from internet responses, the youth are firmly in support of the celebrities.  The only thing that’s sure is that there is a huge culture war building in Indonesia.

Cut Tari - Cultural Warrior


Peterporn Scandal Development: Ariel Arrested

June 22, 2010

Police have decided to arrest Nazril ‘Ariel’ Irham for his part in the so-called Peterporn Scandal.  Under the recent anti-pornography laws, he is facing anything from 6 months to 9 years in jail and/or $US660,000 fine.  They are holding him for 24 hours  pending charges.  There is no word on whether they intend to charge his co-stars Luna Maya and Cut Tari.  I think they would have trouble proving that the girls ‘made’ the pornographic videos, it seems clear that it was all Ariel’s doing.  But it also seems that adultery is still a criminal offense in Indonesia, so there is some scuttlebut that Cut Tari could be prosecuted for that, but I think it’s unlikely because that law has become archaic through lack of use.

The big unanswered question is: What about the pornography distributors?  The police have known for a week the IP addresses and the location where the porn was uploaded.  But so far there is no news of any raids.  Surely the distributors of the porn are more worthy of prison than someone who simply made the vids for his personal use (however sleazy he is)? 

Well, there are two elements which probably make those distributors a bit too big for the police to manage.  Firstly, the people running the blackmail operation are said to be too closely connected to the ‘Mr Big’ of Indonesia’s underworld.  See?  He’s so big I don’t want to use his name.  I’ll tell you his name if you phone me.  Anyhow, why do you think the Mr Bigs in your city never get arrested?  Same reason why this one never will.  Anyhow, the rumours are that the blackmailers hit more than 30 female celebrities for 10 billion rp each (that’s $US1million, if I’m not mistaken).  All of them paid up except Luna and Cut.  Although there are a lot of guys hoping that some others will also refuse to pay when Mr Big comes back for a second helping.

The second reason the police will not go after the blackmailers is that some say the release of the videos was timed to distract attention from another scandal which was raging at the time.  It implicated a certain well known businessman in a corrupt undertaking.  He’s not well loved, but he has connections.

Hysteria concerning the affair has gone as high as the President’s Office.  On the weekend, SBY stated his concerns about the effect of internet porn on the population.  To some extent I have to agree with him, there is a need to protect the young from corrupting influences.  But I think it’s more a matter for parents and the owners of internet cafes to take responsibility for what people are viewing.

As expected, the extreme right wing fundamentalists have jumped on the issue.  They see it as an opportunity to introduce sharia law throughout the country.  Fortunately they make it sound so unpalateable that it’s unlikely that they will have much influence in this.  They are calling for married adulterers to be stoned to death (if that happened, half the population of Jakarta would be executed and the parliament building would be empty). 

From Kompas:

Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia coordinator Fadilah Karimah, 32, said she would like to see adulterers buried up to their necks in public places and pelted with stones until dead.

“Those people who have sex before marriage should be caned with a stick 100 times in public. Adulterers should be half-buried and stoned to death,” she told AFP at the rally.

“This is appropriate punishment as what they did was dirty, shameful and despicable. They should be prepared for such a punishment if they want to earn a place in heaven.”

“The more people who see it the better.”

I sometimes wonder what goes on in the minds of people such as Fadilah.  But then I realise that I wouldn’t want to know.

Peterporn Sex Scandal

June 12, 2010

Indonesia has gone one step beyond in matters to do with sex scandals.  Sure, the West has plenty of variety.  We’ve had Paris Hilton (and many other) sex tapes, upskirts getting out of cars, nipple flashes, transparent clothing, costume malfunctions, girls kissing girls and I don’t know what else.  But Indonesia’s Peterporn scandal promises no less than 32 high resolution porn videos, each one featuring one of its most popular singers and in many cases co-starring female celebrities.

Nazril ‘Ariel’ Irham with his band Peterpan has for many years, until the past few, dominated the Indonesian pop music scene.  Here’s a taste of his music, one of his biggest hits, it’s actually not bad listening:

Anyhow, over the years of dominating the music charts, he had many opportunities to meet beautiful girls.  That’s not unusual for someone in the music industry, but it seems that he has a fetish for recording his adventures on video. 

His story is that someone stole the laptop on which he stored his videos.  The thieves tried to blackmail him and are now carrying out their threats to release the videos to the public.  The first video they released was one starring him and his latest girlfriend Luna Maya, a model, film and sinetron (soapy) actress and TV compare.  Here she is wearing a jilbab:

Looks innocent, doesn’t she?  The two are actually under contract with Unilever to feature in Lux soap commercials.  If you use your imagination, you might get an idea what the porn video might look like:

Or maybe not.  Some Indonesians find this commercial racy enough.  So you can imagine what a fuss the release of the sex tape caused.  Of course, Indonesia is not new to porn.  There used to be a big film industry based on soft core porn, but it died a gradual death as video piracy flourished (it still does).  It has also been replaced with the internet, of course.  Anyone with a dollar can spend a few hours in an internet cafe (warnet, or warung internet) and watch whatever they fancy.  Unlike in China, there are no restrictions on what you can watch on the internet.  It seems most people are watching Ariel and Luna.

And they’re also watching Ariel and Cut Tari.  Yes, just a day after the release of the first sex vid, there came a second one.  It’s well known that Cut Tari, a model and sinetron actress, is a former girlfriend of Ariel.  Here’s a pic of her:

She looks even more lovely in real life.  Anyhow, she claims the girl in the second porno vid is someone who looks like her.  I’m not so sure, there aren’t many girls who look as gorgeous as she does. But her husband is supporting her denial.  Yes, husband of seven years.

As expected, the police have become involved.  The Surabaya police became so excited, they took matters into their own hands (so to speak):

In the clip, you can see them raiding a school and an internet cafe in search of porn.  I’m not sure what they’re trying to achieve from that, seems a bit sleazy to me.

Anyhow, the real police are on to it.  Ariel and Luna have been called in for questioning.  Although they haven’t fronted the police station yet, there was one group that received some free publicity:

That’s right, citizens for the dissolution of the counterterrorism squad.  They were protesting at the police station while the press was waiting for Ariel and Luna to show up.  What’s wrong with those people?  I mean, really.  Don’t imagine that those few protesters in any way represent the mainstream opinion of Indonesia people.  Most of them are fed up with fanatics like that.  The counterterrrorism squad have had such huge success their methods should be studied by the Western intelligence agencies.

Latest word is the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has identified the IP addresses of the first uploaders of the porn vids.  I guess those people can expect to be raided shortly.

So as things stand, we have a possible collection of up to 32 sex vids.  It is said that they feature as many as seven female celebrities, so up to five ladies are about to suffer the consequences of a racy past.  We don’t know if Ariel and Luna will be charged for making porn under the new anti pornography laws.  And the public is speculating on whether Cut Tari is in the second video or not.  We don’t know if this whole affair will reignite Ariel’s waning career. But one thing’s for sure, the newest word in the Indonesian language is ‘peterporn’ and it’s going to be hogging the headlines for a long while to come.