Indonesia Gags 'Dangerous' Gaga

by 7:26 AM PDT, May 15, 2012
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Authorities in Indonesia have denied Lady Gaga a permit to perform in the country next month because of pressure from hard-line Islamic groups and conservative legislators who believe her sexy clothes and dance moves could corrupt young fans.

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A police spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the permit for Gaga's June 3 "Born This Way Ball" concert had been denied. It would have been the biggest show on the pop superstar's Asian tour at Jakarta's 52,000-seat Gelora Bung Karno stadium. At least 30,000 tickets had reportedly already been sold when the cancellation was announced.

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Indonesia -- which has the highest Muslim population in the world -- is secular and has a long history of religious tolerance. But the country still has a small extremist fringe that wields significant political influence.

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One of the most vocal advocates of the ban on Lady Gaga's Indonesian show was Salim Alatas, head of the hard-line Islamic Defender Front (FPI). "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," he said. "This is dangerous."