Lady Gaga cancels Indonesia concert
Lady Gaga has cancelled her sold-out show in Indonesia after Islamist hardliners threatened violence, claiming her clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt the youth.
3:21PM BST 27 May 2012
The planned “Born This Way Ball” concert has been on-again-off-again from the start.
But on Sunday, it was final, said Minola Sebayang, a lawyer for Big Daddy, the promoter of the June 3 show.
“It’s unfortunate,” he said. “But with threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga’s side is calling it off. This is not only about Lady Gaga’s security, but extends to those who will be watching her.”
Indonesia, a secular nation of 240 million, is often held up by the US and others an example of how democracy and Islam and can coexist. But a small extremist fringe has become more vocal – and violent – in recent years, attacking Christians and members of other religious minorities, transvestites, atheists and anyone else deemed “immoral.”
The most notorious group, Islamic Defenders Front, called Lady Gaga a “messenger of the devil” and vowed to turn out at the airport by the thousands if she tried to step off the plane. Others said they bought tickets so they could wreak havoc from inside the 52,000-seat stadium in the capital, Jakarta.
Police responded by denying the necessary permits. Then, after public outcry, they said they’d reconsider – but only if Lady Gaga agreed to tone down her act.
Instead, she pulled the plug on what was supposed to be the biggest stop on her Asian tour.