Lady Gaga had to cancel her “Born This Way Ball” concert last week in North Korea, but now the same thing happened in Indonesia after threats from Islamic hard-liners who have threatened violence.
Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country in the world and they believe that Lady Gaga’s sexy clothes and provocative dance moves could corrupt their youth. In fact, police refused to issue the necessary permits unless she the pop diva agreed to tone things down a bit.
“With threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga’s side is calling off the concert,” Minola Sebayang, a lawyer for concert promoter Big Daddy, told reporters Sunday. “This is not only about Lady Gaga’s security, but extends to those who will be watching her.”
The country has 240 million people and was supposed to be the biggest performance of her Asian tour.
Ninety percent of the population is Muslim, but most practice a moderate, tolerant form of the faith.
A small, extremist fringe, has gotten more vocal — and violent — in recent years, however, sometimes attacking Christians and members of other religious minorities with clubs and machetes.
They also targeted transvestites, atheists and others considered “blasphemous.”
Jakarta was supposed to be the biggest stop on the singer’s Asian tour, with 52,000 tickets scooped up in just a few days.
Fans will be fully refunded, said Michael Rusli, head of Big Daddy.