Lady Gaga‘s June 3 Born This Way Ball concert at Jarkarta’s 52,000-seat Gelora Bung Karno venue was sold out, but the show will apparently not go on. National police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said today that the permit for the Indonesian gig had been denied, following pressure from conservative Islamic groups and lawmakers. The concert would have been the largest one staged on Gaga’s current Asian tour.
According to the Associated Press, Islamic “hard-liners” and lawmakers have raised concern that Lady Gaga’s “sexy clothes and dance moves will corrupt the youth.” We’re guessing Terry Richardson’s photographs of Mother Monster won’t be lining the walls of these folks’ homes, then.
Local police reportedly recommended that the permit for the June 3 concert be denied, as they could not guarantee security for the performers. The AP notes the following:
Hard-liners have loudly criticized Lady Gaga, saying the suggestive nature of her show threatened to undermine the country’s moral fiber. Some threatened to use physical force to prevent her from stepping off the plane.
Apparently it’s customary in Jakarta to obtain a permit only three weeks out from a show, well after tickets have gone on sale.
A quick scan of Lady Gaga’s Twitter shows no mention of the Indonesia kerfluffle. But she is, however, now “A Fox Blonde”.
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