Lady Gaga's tour deemed too sexy for Indonesia
Lady Gaga will have to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia.
The permit for her June 3 ‘Born This Way Ball’ concert - the biggest show on her Asian tour - has been denied, amid concerns her sexy clothes and dance moves undermine Islamic values and will corrupt the young.
Although Indonesia has a long history of religious tolerance, a small extremist fringe has become more vocal in recent years. A secular country of 240 million people, it has more Muslims than any other nation.
Hardliners have loudly criticised Lady Gaga, saying the suggestive nature of her show threatened to undermine the country’s moral fibre.
Some even threatened to use force to stop her from stepping off the plane. The local promoter, Michael Rusli, could not immediately be reached for comment. He had previously said it would be “regrettable” if police did not give clearance for the show.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting Lady Gaga, he said, with every ticket in Jakarta’s 52,000-seat Gelora Bung Karno stadium scooped up - half in the first two hours of sales.
One fan, Mariska Renata, who had tickets to the Jakarta show, said: “I’m very disappointed.” She said by bowing to the wishes of “troublemakers,” authorities only give them more power.
“We are mature enough to be able to separate our own moral values from arts and culture,” the Gaga fan added.
Gaga’s Asian tour started last month.