Lady Gaga gagged in Indonesia after Islamic opposition

JAKARTA Tue May 15, 2012 6:52am EDT

Singer Lady Gaga poses for a photograph with a fan upon her arrival at Narita international airport in Narita, east of Tokyo May 8, 2012. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Singer Lady Gaga poses for a photograph with a fan upon her arrival at Narita international airport in Narita, east of Tokyo May 8, 2012.

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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Pop star Lady Gaga has been refused a permit to perform in the Indonesian capital next month over security concerns, police said on Tuesday, after Islamic groups voiced strong objections to her "vulgar" style.

Three Islamic groups have expressed their opposition to the concert on June 3, demanding it be stopped, national police spokesman Saud Usman Nasution said by telephone.

Indonesia, a secular state, has the world's largest population of Muslims as well as significant minorities of Christians, Buddhists and Hindus.

"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, the Jakarta head of hardline Islamic Defender Front (FPI). "This is dangerous."

More than 30,000 concert tickets from a total of 40,000 tickets had been sold, said the Jakarta Post newspaper. Tickets ranged in price from 465,000 rupiah ($50.35) to 2.25 million rupiah ($240). ($1 = 9235 rupiah)

(Reporting by Olivia Rondonuwu; Editing by Matthew Bigg and Jeremy Laurence)

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Comments (6)
HAL.9000 wrote:
Gaga is about as relevant as Sarah Palin. Both make a lot of noise but say nothing.

May 15, 2012 8:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
solution2 wrote:
Although her singing has merit, not all of us like the idea that she AND other’s seem to feel that if you are not showing leg, or breasts or some way of portraying yourself as some sex icon, you can’t get an audience. Talent has it’s merits. Actually, I am glad that they show a sense of decorum that we don’t seem to have in the USA anymore.

May 15, 2012 1:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
crawdad88 wrote:
Actually, HAL, Lady Gaga is extremely talented and would never quit her fans because she has integrity. As opposed to Palin whom has no talent, and is a liar and a quitter. Gaga is for GIVING rights to people as opposed to Palin who DENIES or TAKES rights from people.

May 15, 2012 2:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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