Lady Gaga Cancels Indonesia Show Due to Religious Protests
Lady Gaga’s current Asia tour has been followed by controversy from the start. Her concerts in South Korea were met with criticism from conservatives, although her subsequent shows have had no trouble selling out. So, gigs in South Korea were 18-and-over. One sold out show was her scheduled stop in Jakarta, Indonesia that was supposed to be the biggest show of the tour. However, Gaga has been made to cancel the show after police issued a statement saying that they will not grant her a permit over security fears.
Lady Gaga has cancelled her Indonesia gig following protests by Islamic hard-liners.
According to the Associated Press, a spokesperson for the national police said on Tuesday (May 15) that the permit for the show has been denied after religious conservatives worried that the concert could undermine the nation’s moral fiber. Some of the critics actually threatened to use physical force to prevent Gaga from getting off her plane.
Salim Alatas, the Jakarta head of hardline Islamic Defender Front said Reuters:
She’s a vulgar singer who wears only panties and a bra when she sings and she stated she is the envoy of the devil’s child and that she will spread satanic teaching. This is dangerous.”
Local police worried that they might not be able to guarantee security at the show and suggested to national police that the permit for what was to be Gaga’s biggest gig on her current Asian tour be pulled. Every seat at the Karno stadium had been sold, with half of them going in the first two hours.
The AP reported that permits for shows are typically issued three weeks before concerts in Jakarta, so it is not uncommon for tickets to be sold well ahead of receiving a final permit.
Poor Indonesian Little Monsters… Poor Mother Monster – I guess it’s pretty hard to return that money for sold-out tickets.
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