Ternyata berita kasusnya Aril-Luna ini tidak hanya heboh di dalam negeri saja, namun juga heboh di luar negeri. Media ternama seperti CNN dan New York Times pun ikut serta memberitakannya. Bahkan dijadikan headline di halaman muka salah satu media tersebut.
Memalukan ataukah membanggakan bagi Indonesia? Lebih sangat memalukan lagi citra Islam di Indonesia yang mayoritas penduduk muslimnya dikenal sopan semakin buruk di mata dunia dengan adanya kasus ini. Dan kasus ini sangat-sangat memalukan!!!
Dan dibawah hasil peberitaan yang ditulis dari situsnya CNN (15 Juni 2010) :
Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) — Police in Indonesia were on Monday investigating video clips that allegedly show three celebrities taking part in sex acts. The images, spreading online and via cellphones, have shocked the modest Muslim nation.
Following police raids on Internet cafes and schools where the videos may have been viewed, the scandal has also sparked concerns over freedom of speech and attempts to punish immorality.
One of the videos allegedly features pop singer Nazril Ilham, better known as Ariel, with his girlfriend Luna Maya, a model and TV journalist who interviewed Hillary Clinton on her show “Dahsyat” during the U.S. secretary of state’s visit to Indonesia last year.
Another video allegedly shows sex scenes between Ariel and Cut Tari, a soap opera star and TV journalist.
All three celebrities have publicly denied appearing in the tapes, saying the people in the footage just looked like them. They could not be reached for further comment.
Police have launched an inquiry over possible breaches of the anti-pornography law, which can be punishable by 12 years in prison. Ariel and Maya were questioned at a Jakarta police station Friday while Tari was questioned separately on Monday, police spokesman Marwoto Futowijoyo said. So far, no one has been charged in the case.
“We are coordinating with experts and the Ministry of Information to determine who uploaded the video. We will also begin to remove the online links to the video,” said Zainuri, deputy spokesman for the national police.
There are questions about what will happen next for the celebrities.
has delayed the release of a new album by his band Peterpan
as the scandal shows no sign of abating.
Ariel and Maya were featured in an advertisement for Lux soap, but the campaign has since been wound down. However the company did not specifically point to the scandal.
The first video surfaced last week on several Web sites and went viral through social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. On Tuesday, after the release of the second video allegedly featuring Ariel and Tari, the term “Ariel Peterporn,” a spin on the singer’s name and his band, became a top trending topic on Twitter.
The videos have sparked protests by conservative Islamic groups and others around the country condemning the celebrities.
Two office workers in central Jakarta told CNN they felt let down by the allegations. One worker, Anindita Oei, said: “I used to think that Ariel was a good, talented person, (but) I was shocked to see the video. Now I feel like he’s not a good public figure.”
Diah Ayu Sitoresmi said: “I was a fan of Ariel, I used to think that he looked cool, mysterious. Now I just see him like any other misbehaving superstar, and I think from an Eastern culture point of view, videotaping sex scenes is unacceptable and stupid.”
The popularity of the videos has also sparked concerns among parents. “Even if I’m confident that my children will not change their moral value if they were exposed to the video, I’m putting precautions in place, such as activating a parental lock on my home computer,” said mother-of-three Dian Estey.
The information ministry said it was helping police in the effort to trace the person or persons who uploaded the videos, adding that although officials had no plan for a nationwide Internet censorship move, this was still possible.
Meanwhile, raids on Internet cafes and the search of student cellphones at schools — both confirmed by police — have raised fears among defenders of free speech.
“The spread of this video is very worrying, especially if the government or the information minister try to use it to implement a ministerial regulation on new media content,” the chairman of the Alliance of Independent Journalists, Nezar Patria, told the New York Times.
“It’s kind of a test, not only of how far the anti-pornography law can be used, but also a test of how the instruments of the government respond to content that wasn’t around five years ago.”
Dan New York Times (13 Juni 2010) :
JAKARTA — A series of jerky, pixelated video clips allegedly showing top Indonesian stars having sex has prompted debate over government efforts to punish and censor immorality in this Muslim-majority country.
Since early June, videos allegedly showing the pop singer Nazril Irham
, popularly known as Ariel, having sex with his actress girlfriend, Luna Maya, and a married television presenter, Cut Tari, have spread rapidly across the country via social networking sites, cellphones and pirated DVDs.
Like celebrity sex scandals anywhere, the case has prompted plenty of head-shaking. But this being Indonesia, where laws old and new criminalize acts deemed immoral, those involved in the scandal could suffer more than just embarrassment.
The police have so far questioned at least two celebrities about the videos, and news reports have said that investigators are on the trail of people suspected of distributing the clips online.
The chief detective of the national police, Gen. Ito Sumardi, said the authorities probably would use a controversial 2008 anti-pornography law to charge those responsible for distributing the videos. The law was passed at the urging of Islamic parties, against the resistance of some secularists and religious minorities. It includes heavy penalties for those who download or produce pornography — which critics say is defined so broadly that it could effectively criminalize many of Indonesia’s diverse non-Islamic cultures.
General Sumardi said the celebrities could also be charged if it could be shown that they produced the videos for the consumption of others.
“It depends on whether the clips were stolen, if the laptop was stolen,” General Sumardi said. “We’ll know after questioning if it was really stolen, when and where. We have to check their alibis.” He added that the police could also arrest those involved with the videos under a separate information technology law.
The sex scandal has opened a debate in Indonesia between defenders of free speech and social conservatives who see the situation as a reason for further moral regulation.
“The spread of this video is very worrying, especially if the government or the information minister try to use it to implement a ministerial regulation on new media content,” said the chairman of the Alliance of Independent Journalists, Nezar Patria. “It’s kind of a test, not only of how far the anti-pornography law can be used, but also a test of how the instruments of the government respond to content that wasn’t around five years ago.”
The newspapers initially gave the videos front-page coverage, and news channels broadcast extracts of the clips until they were rebuked by the national broadcasting commission. Articles have carried reports that around 30 videos of Mr. Irham with dozens of women have yet to be released.
Discussion of the scandal, dubbed Peterporn after Mr. Irham’s band, Peterpan, briefly became the most popular topic worldwide last week on the social networking site Twitter.
In response, the police have raided Internet cafes and schools have searched students’ cellphones.
Advertisers have deserted the celebrities allegedly involved in the scandal, despite their denials. Both Mr. Irham and Ms. Maya, who interviewed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during her visit to Jakarta last year, have seen their advertisements for the soap brand Lux removed.
Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring
, a member of the Islamic Prosperous Justice Party that pushed the 2008 anti-pornography law through Parliament, said the scandal was a good reason to revive plans that were floated this year to censor the Internet. The ideas were shelved after public objections and the lukewarm response of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
“Indonesia is still free, but in the future we will try to minimize the amount of access to pornographic sites,” Mr. Sembiring said, adding that any filter would also block blasphemy, gambling, violence and online fraud.
“I think today the people understand about the usefulness of that regulation,” he said.
“We need to make the same regulation as Australia, the same as Singapore, but not like China, I think.”
Mr. Sembiring said that it was unlikely anyone would be charged under the anti-pornography law for the videos, but that those involved in one video could be charged under provisions in the criminal code banning adultery.
Despite the tough talk from conservatives, the videos remain freely available. For social liberals, they reflect Indonesians’ attitudes toward religion and sexuality — evident in traditional customs, often-racy popular culture and a thriving commercial sex industry.
“We try to close our eyes that it doesn’t exist in Indonesia, but it does exist in Indonesia,” said Julia Perez, a model, actress and singer famous in the country for skimpy outfits and sexually suggestive lyrics.
“We cover it with religion, we cover it with culture, but we have to open our eyes, us Indonesian people, that there exist people like that who love sex — sex is normal, sex is like what you need.”