Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball has just been canceled in Indonesia due to protests from the country’s hard-line Islamist organizations!
Gaga’s first Indonesian concert was denied it’s permit by the National Police in response to public opposition.
“The National Police said verbally that [the concert] would not be permitted,” says Jakarta police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto.
More than 54,000 tickets were sold to the public and will now have to be refunded.
Organizations like the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) have rallied against the concert and say Gaga is “dangerous” for the Indonesian youth.
“We will stop her from setting foot on our land. She had better not dare spread her satanic faith in this country,” says FPI chairman Salim Alatas. “Her style is vulgar, her sexual and indecent clothes will destroy our children’s sense of morality. She’s very dangerous.”
Some organizations support the concert, like the Indonesian Council of Churches which explains that the country’s constitution protects freedom of expression.
There may be a chance though that the concert could still happen just at a different location.
While the concert in Jakarta was canceled, the pop star could perform in another city as long as she has the support of the local police.
Good luck Little Monsters!
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