Pop sensation Lady Gaga is scheduled to perform in Indonesia as part of her “Born This Way Ball” Asian tour. The concert was supposed to be Gaga’s biggest one in Asia, taking place in a 52,000 seat venue at Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno stadium. However, Islamic hard-liners and conservative lawmakers of the country decided Gaga’s revealing costumes and erotic dance moves would affect the nation’s morals.
Indonesia has a large number of Muslims, but it has been known as a secular country with great religious tolerance in the past. However, in recent years, Muslim extremists have been stealing the spotlight and have become more vocal, if not violent. They criticized Lady Gaga over her controversial performances and accused her of including satanic verses in her songs. One group even threatened to use physical force to prevent the singer from even stepping foot on Indonesian soil. Aside from the extremists, conservative lawmakers and religious leaders have also stated their disapproval of the concert.
The spokesman for the national police, Boy Rafli Amar, responded to the pressure and announced that Gaga’s permit for the concert has been denied. Local promoter Michael Rusli has yet to give an official statement on the matter, and there is no word on whether or not the sold-out concert tickets will be refunded. Also, it’s not yet clear yet if Gaga’s camp will cancel the concert or not.
Indonesia is not the first nation to object to Lady Gaga’s concert. Recently in South Korea, Christian conservative groups objected to the singer, and only fans 18 or older were allowed to attend.