Pop star refused permit to perform in Jakarta after Islamic groups expressed opposition
Three Islamic groups expressed their oppostion to the concert planned on June 3, as part of her mammoth 110-date tour ‘Born This Way Ball’ world tour and demanded that it be stopped.
“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,” said Salim Alatas, the Jakarta head of hardline Islamic Defender Front (FPI). He added: “This is dangerous.”
While Indonesia is a secular state, it has the world’s largest population of Muslims as well as significant minorities of Christians, Buddhists and Hindus.
More than 30,000 tickets had been sold for the Jakarta concert.
Lady Gaga’s tour kicked off in controversy last month (April 27) after authorities in Seoul, South Korea implemented a strict adults only policy at her show, banning anyone under the age of 18 from attending her first tour date.
The age restriction was imposed after a ratings board deemed the performance unsuitable for children, following earlier protests from Christian groups claiming the singer was “obscene” and could “taint” young people prompted the local government to make the gig an over-18s gig.
Gaga is touring Europe as part of her ‘Born This Way Ball’ tour, will also play Manchester’s Evening News Arena on September 11 and a one-off date in Ireland at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium four days later. The Darkness will support the singer on all four dates.
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