A Miley Cyrus concert scheduled to take place in the Dominican Republic has been banned on “morality grounds”.
ABC News reports that the performance has been banned because, according to the Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances, Cyrus often “undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law”.
Tickets for the September 13 concert have been on sales since July. Organisers in the Dominican Republic have yet to comment on the ban.
The ‘Wrecking Ball’ performer’s on-stage antics and trademark twerk have been previously criticised. During last year’s MTV Video Music Awards on August 25, Cyrus stripped down to a flesh-coloured bikini and pointed at singer Robin Thicke’s crotch with a foam finger. MTV were criticised by America’s Parents Television Council (PTC) for broadcasting the performance.
“This much is absolutely clear: MTV marketed adults-only material to children while falsely manipulating the content rating to make parents think the content was safe for their children,” the PTC said in a press statement. “MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate ‘twerking’ in a nude-coloured bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds?”