Malaysians netizens forced Dua Lipa to change her Instagram caption due to a sentence that had them confused.
The sentence, which was a birthday wish to her father, originally read ‘Happy Birthday Babi. Love you, miss you, wish I was home to give you a big hug and a kiss! Xxx’. ‘Babi’, which means ‘father’ in her native language Albanian, but the word also means ‘pig’ in Bahasa Malaysia.
Expectedly, and much to the shame of the rest of us, Bahasa Malaysia-speaking Malaysian netizens flocked Dua Lipa’s Instagram comment section with a number of them bashing her for the usage of the word ‘Babi’, when clearly, Dua Lipa was referring to her father. As a result, Dua Lipa had to change the word to ‘Dad’ to clear the air between her Malaysian fans.
Fans worldwide have criticised Malaysian fans for the abuse that Dua Lipa received due to the caption, as cussing in Bahasa Malaysia wasn’t Dua Lipa’s intention, and let’s be honest with ourselves here – it takes a special kind of ego to assume she was indeed insulting them in some way.
The singer is scheduled to perform in Malaysia for the second time this May the 3rd. Could this be an awkward welcome greeting by her fans? We hope not.