The performer's show is under fire from conservative Muslims; police deny her a permit
Some consider her shows to be forbidden under Islamic law
Newspaper says more than 25,000 concert tickets were sold 2 hours after they went on sale
A Christian group also opposed Gaga's show in South Korea
Lady Gaga has canceled her concert in Indonesia, her management said Sunday, citing security concerns after Islamic hardliners denounced her costumes and dance moves as too risqué.
“Yes, it is for sure, the promoter will not get a permit to hold the concert,” National Police spokesman Saud Usman Nasution said Tuesday.
The concert promoter, Big Daddy Entertainment, declined to comment on the development.
“Please wait for further official information from us,” spokesman Alif Ramadoni said.
Islamists and conservative Muslims have decried Lady Gaga’s upcoming concert, saying her revealing costumes and sensual dance moves are forbidden by Islamic law.
The chairman of the Islamic Defenders Front, Habib Rizieq, said his group could not guarantee security if the concert were held.
In March, the pop star got a thumbs-down by the country’s highest Islamic authority, according to The Jakarta Globe.
Indonesian Council of Ulema chairman Cholil Ridwan was urging Muslims not to attend the controversial singer’s upcoming concert in Jakarta, the newspaper reported.
“(The concert is) intended to destroy the nation’s morality,” Ridwan told the Globe.
Ridwan is concerned that the singer’s revealing outfits and sexy dance moves will set a bad example for Muslim youths.
Newspaper reports said more than 25,000 tickets were sold in the first two hours after the concert went on sale in March. Police said the promoter should not have started selling tickets before getting a permit.
This is not the first controversy surrounding the singer’s “Born This Way” tour. Gaga also ran afoul of Christian groups in South Korea, prompting the government to ban people under the age of 18 from attending her show.
Ahead of the concert in late April, detractors called it “pornographic” and a promotion of homosexuality.
Yoon Jung-hoon, a reverend who helped organize the “Civilians Network against the Lady Gaga Concert” movement, told the Chicago Tribune that his group collected 5,000 supporters on Facebook. He also advocated a boycott of the show’s sponsor, Hyundai Card, in addition to Hyundai Motor Co., Korea’s largest automaker.
“Some people can accept this as another culture, but its impact is huge beyond art and debases religions,” Yoon said. “Even adults can’t see her performance, which is too homosexual and pornographic.”
The show went on as scheduled.
CNN’s Kathy Quiano and journalist Tasha Tampubolon contributed to this report.