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Wednesday
May162012

Lady Gaga Accused of 'Worshipping Satan,' Concert Canceled

Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic(JAKARTA, Indonesia) -- Lady Gaga’s June 3 concert in Jakarta, Indonesia — the subject of protests and complaints by that country’s hard-line Islamist organizations — will not go forward as scheduled.

The Jakarta Globe reports a police spokesman as saying, “The National Police said verbally that [the concert] would not be permitted,” while the Jakarta Post reports that Gaga has become the first foreign artist ever denied a concert permit by Indonesian authorities.

A spokesperson for the National Police said that it denied the permit based on the police recommendation. Also, police were swayed by protests from the Islamist groups who had accused Gaga of being vulgar, corrupting the morals of the country’s youth, and worshiping Satan. One group said it would send crowds of its supporters to intercept Gaga at the airport and prevent her from staging the show.

Nevertheless, there was plenty of public support for the concert, which was sold out.  

The concert promoter told the Jakarta Globe that the idea that Gaga worships the devil is ridiculous.

“Lady Gaga is a Catholic and she has many charitable works. How could she be a devil worshiper?” the promoter said.  

He also had promised that Gaga would tone down her provocative outfits for the show: “The concert will be different from video clips [online]. It will not be vulgar.”

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Tuesday
May152012

Lady Gaga's Indonesia Concert Permit Denied

PRNewsFoto/Interscope Records(JAKARTA, Indonesia) -- Lady Gaga's June 3 concert in Jakarta, Indonesia -- the subject of protests and complaints by that country's hard-line Islamist organizations -- will not go forward as scheduled. The Jakarta Globe reports a police spokesman as saying, "The National Police said verbally that [the concert] would not be permitted,” while the Jakarta Post reports that Gaga has become the first foreign artist ever denied a concert permit by Indonesian authorities.

A spokesperson for the National Police said that it denied the permit based on the police recommendation, as well as the protests from the Islamist groups, who had accused Gaga of being vulgar, corrupting the morals of the country's youth, and worshiping Satan.  One group said it would send crowds of its supporters to intercept Gaga at the airport and prevent her from staging the show.

Nevertheless, there was plenty of public support for the concert, which was sold out.  The concert promoter told the Jakarta Globe that the idea that Gaga worships the devil is ridiculous. "Lady Gaga is a Catholic and she has many charitable works. How could she be a devil worshiper?" the promoter said.  He also had promised that Gaga would tone down her provocative outfits for the show.  "The concert will be different from video clips [online]," he explained. "It will not be vulgar."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Mar202012

Lady Gaga's Concert 'Forbidden' in Indonesia?

PRNewsFoto/Interscope Records(JAKARTA, Indonesia) -- Western pop stars who perform in Indonesia often come under fire for their choice of attire and stage behavior.  Now it's Lady Gaga's turn.

The singer plans to take her Born This Way ball to Jakarta, Indonesia on June 3, but a high-ranking member of Indonesia's Islamic authority is urging fans to return their tickets, saying her concert is "haram," or forbidden under Islamic law.

The Jakarta Globe reports that Cholil Ridwan, chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulema, declared that Gaga's concert is "intended to destroy the nation's morality" because of her revealing outfits and sexy dance moves.  He added that Gaga "often shows her [private parts] while performing."  

While urging fans to return the more than 25,000 tickets that were sold for the show and ask for a refund, Ridwan admitted that he himself had never actually seen Gaga perform and had only heard about what she does "second-hand."

Another chairman of the same council, however, said that he had no problem with young Muslims attending the show. He noted that Ridwan's feelings about Lady Gaga were his personal opinion, so the organization isn't condemning the show outright.  He did add, though, "I hope Lady Gaga can also wear a proper [dress] in her show.”

An imam of an Indonesian mosque told the paper that while Lady Gaga herself is not forbidden by Islamic law, watching a barely-clothed woman perform is.

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