Lady Gaga Cancels “Born This Way Ball” Concert in Indonesia Amid Protests
Not everyone in the world is a fan of Lady Gaga.
The Pop star was scheduled to perform at a sold-out show for 52,000 fans this summer at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia … but Islamic leaders have raised concerns that she will corrupt their youth, forcing her to cancel the upcoming concert altogether.
According to the Associated Press:
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.
Some fans are not happy as they had already purchased tickets to see their pop idol. One fan, Mariska Renata, who had tickets to the Jakarta show said “I’m very disappointed.”
Lawmakers and religious leaders, too, have spoken out against her. Worried they could not guarantee security, local police recommended the permit for the show be denied, said Amar, adding that national police decided Tuesday to comply.
Responding to the pressure, National police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar announced Tuesday (May 15) that the permit for Gaga’s June 3rd “Born This Way Ball” concert had been denied.
Obviously, some fans are not happy about the sudden cancellation, as they had already purchased tickets to see their Pop idol.
One fan, Mariska Renata, who had tickets to the Jakarta show, said “I’m very disappointed … We are mature enough to be able to separate our own moral values from arts and culture.”
The Asian leg of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way Ball” tour kicked off last month in South Korea, who also had concerns similar to Indonesia, and limited concert access to fans 18 years and over.