Singer Lady Gaga, who’s known for her controversial costumes and creative performances, apparently is not getting a warm welcome in Indonesia. The largely-Muslim country has been known in the past for its diversity in culture and faith. However, in recent years, Islamic hard-liners have been vocal about preserving the country’s morals. Conservative lawmakers and religious leaders also frowned on Gaga’s concert plans. (Read about Lady Gaga canceling a deal with Target.)
Lady Gaga is often criticized for her revealing costumes and raunchy dance moves, but Islam hard-liner groups are also accusing her of including satanic verses in her songs. These groups also claim they will use physical force to prevent Gaga from even stepping foot on Indonesian soil.
Due to the pressure, local police denied the permit for Gaga’s concert according to the national police spokesman, Boy Rafli Amar. Gaga’s camp has yet to comment on the rejection and whether or not the concert will go on as scheduled. Michael Rusli, the concert’s local promoter, also hasn’t commented on the protest. It is also not clear if ticket prices will be refunded if the concert does not take place.
This was supposed to be Gaga’s biggest concert in her “Born This Way Ball” Asian tour. The concert was scheduled to take place in Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno stadium that accommodates 52,000 people. Considering tickets are sold out for the event, it will undoubtedly break a huge number of Indonesian Little Monsters’ hearts if Lady Gaga isn’t allowed to perform.
Stay tuned for updates.