JAKARTA, Indonesia— Lady Gaga’s BTWB world tour is creating a lot of problems for her in the Muslim countries. She has faced a lot of protests in the Muslim as well as some other countries during her tour. Now the 26-year old singer has canceled her sold-out show in Indonesia over security issues after Muslim hard-liners threatened aggression if the pop star went ahead with her “Born This Way Ball,” promoters said Sunday.
The Islamic Defenders Front organization said Lady Gaga’s se*y outfits and provocative dance moves would damage youth in the world’s most populous Muslim country.
The Islamic group said supporters had bought tickets to the concert and planned to enter. They stop the concert at any cost because the Gaga’s dress is so sizzling and this is against the values of Islam. It also threatened that thousands of protesters would confront the singer on her way from the airport.
Police had said they would only issue the necessary permits for the concert if Lady Gaga agreed to tone things down. More than 50,000 tickets Gaga’s show already sold out.
“With threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga’s side is calling off the concert,” Minola Sebayang, promoter of the show said to reporters.
“This is not only about Lady Gaga’s security, but extends to those who will be watching her.”
Indonesia is a secular nation of 240 million people. A majority of Muslims lives in this country. Approximately Ninety percent of the people is Muslim, but most practice a moderate, tolerant form of the faith.
Jakarta was supposed to be the biggest stop on Lady Gaga’s Asian tour, with 52,000 tickets scooped up in just a few days.
Fans will be fully refunded, said Michael Rusli, head of Big Daddy.
The Islamic Defenders Front, which threatened to meet Lady Gaga with tens of thousands of angry supporters if she dared step off the plane at the airport in Jakarta. They are celebrating that Gaga has announced to cancel the show.
“This is a victory for Indonesian Muslims,” said Salim Alatas, one of the leaders of the hard-line group. “Thanks to God for protecting us from a kind of devil.”
A person said they have purchased 150 tickets to the concert and planned to enter and stop it if it went ahead.
Music lovers in Jakarta uttered anger that the threats were able to force the show’s cancellation. Lady Gaga fan Johnny Purba, 25, called it an embarrassment to Indonesia.
Lady Gaga is planned to play three shows in Singapore this week. She was due to play in Jakarta after that, before flying to New Zealand and Australia, and then to Europe.