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article imageLady Gaga cancels Indonesian concert amid religious fury

By Tim Sandle     May 27, 2012 in Entertainment
Jakarta - The pop singer Lady Gag has cancelled a scheduled concert in Indonesia amid security fears and threats made by religious groups.
Lady Gaga was due to play a concert in the Jakarta, the Indonesian capital on June 3. This was part of her "Born This Way Ball" tour. However, the singer has now cancelled the event due to security concerns, as reported on CNN.
Then 'security concerns' relate to threats made against the international artist by religious groups. Whether the decision to cancel is Gaga's or due to a reluctance by the authorities in Indonesia to issue a permit is unclear. What is clear is that the reason for the cancellation relates to religious groups making various threats.
The reason for the threats, and planned protests, as the NY Daily News indicates, is that certain communities find Gag's shows too vulgar. This includes the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI). The FPI issued a statement to Gaga fans in the country, reported by Yahoo, which stated "Lady Gaga fans, stop complaining. Repent and stop worshipping the devil. Do you want your lives taken away by God as infidels?"
Despite the protests the planned June 3 concert had sold-out with 50,000 tickets sold.
The BBC notes that several of Lady Gag's concerts in Asian countries have faced protests. In South Korea her concert in April was an adults-only event due to protests from Christian groups, and Christian groups also protested outside her concert in the Philippines.
The Herald Sun notes that Lady Gaga's management still hope she will be able to play one day soon in Indonesia and are offering to 'tone down' the current show.
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