Lady Gaga is forced to cancel her sold-out concert in Indonesia after several Islamic figures and conservative lawmakers protested her provocative clothing and dance moves. They believe that she will corrupt young people if she performs.
The permit for her “Born This Way Ball” concert scheduled for June 3rd had been denied following the protests, said national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar.
The nation of 240 million people is home to more Muslims than any other country. The country is secular and has a notably long history of religious tolerance, but a small fanatical group has become more vocal in the public in recent years.
Muslim hard-liners have continually criticized Lady Gaga for her suggestive outfits and choreography that they believe undermine the country’s morality. Some extremists even went as far as to threaten using physical force to prevent her from performing. Lawmakers have also publicly criticized her.
Police agreed to deny Gaga’s permit because they feared that they could not provide adequate security, said Amar.
Her Indonesian performance was predicted to be the biggest show on Gaga’s Asian tour, with all of the 52,000 seats in Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno stadium selling out, half of the seats within the first two hours of ticket sales.
Permits in Jakarta are typically issued only three weeks before a concert, so selling tickets before receiving permit clearance is not uncommon. The local promoter, Michael Rusli, could not be reached for comment so it is still unclear if ticket sales will be refunded.
“I’m very disappointed,” said Mariska Renata, who had tickets to the Jakarta show. She said that complying with the wishes of “troublemakers” only gives them more power.
“We are mature enough to be able to separate out own moral values from arts and culture.
Gaga’s Asian tour started in late April and many of the shows have sold out. Her concerts held in South Korea were restricted to fans 18 and older because of the conservatives who raised complaints.