Religious Protests Force Indonesia to Deny Permit for Lady Gaga Concert

Citing safety concerns, Indonesian authorities have refused to issue a permit for Lady Gaga’s June 3rd show in Jakarta.

Conservative Muslim groups have protested Lady Gaga’s appearance since it was announced. Since 2008, there have been successful campaigns targeting concerts by Mötley Crüe, N*E*R*D, Rihanna, Akon, 50 Cent and Avenged Sevenfold.  Salim Alatas, from the Islam Defenders Front called Gaga a “a vulgar singer (who) wears only panties and a bra when she sings and she stated she is the envoy of the devil’s child and that she will spread Satanic teaching.”

Although Indonesian religious groups have protested against western artists in the past, this is the first time police have denied an event permit. A police official told the Jakarta Post, “We haven’t done a similar thing before.” The degree of concern is unprecedented.

Indonesia may be a secular state, but it is also home to the world’s largest Muslim population.

Lady Gaga hasn’t issued a statement on the decision.


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