Lady Gaga Set to Axe Indonesian Show Following Opposition from Islamic Groups
Published May 15, 2012Okay, so Lady Gaga dresses a little wacky and has caused the odd controversy since her career began. But according to some Indonesian Islamic groups, she's downright "vulgar," leading officials to deny the star a work permit due to security concerns and, in turn, casting some serious doubts on her upcoming sold-out show in the country.
Lady Gaga was scheduled to play in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on June 3, but that gig now looks exceedingly unlikely, as police voiced concerns today (May 15) following an outcry from some of the country's outspoken Muslim groups, Reuters reports.
"She's 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," said Salim Alatas of the Islamic Defender Front. "This is dangerous."
Tens of thousands of tickets to the show have already been sold. As of press time, the singer's official website still includes the show in her tour schedule, but all signs point to this one getting axed.
This is hardly the first time Lady Gaga has come under fire, as her recent detractors include Die Antwoord, Rufus Wainwright, M.I.A. and Eminem.
Indonesia is technically a secular state but has the largest population of any Muslim-majority nation.