No Lady Gaga for Indonesia
52,000 Indonesian Gaga fans are out of luck. Despite being set to perform (and selling out of tickets) on June 3rd in Jakarta, Indonesia for her Born This Way Ball tour, Lady Gaga has been denied a work permit by Jakarta police.
The permit was denied over fears that security for Gaga could not be guaranteed. She faces strong opposition from religious groups who believe that she could undermine the ‘moral fiber’ of the country and corrupt the youth. Some critics even went so far as to threaten that they would physically block her from exiting her plane.
A spokesperson for the Jakarta police stated that the decision came after protests over Mother Monster’s risqué performances and provocative outfits occurred.
“We will stop her from setting foot on our land. She had better not dare spread her satanic faith in this country,” said Salim Alatas, Jakarta chairman of the Islamic Defenders Front.
“Her style is vulgar, her sexual and indecent clothes will destroy our children’s sense of morality. She’s very dangerous.”
In an attempt to get the police decision overturned, Gaga fans have started the Twitter hashtag #IndonesiaSavesGaga.
The singer has been getting a lot of flak from religious groups and other so-called defenders of morality during this tour. She recently faced protests in Seoul, South Korea, leading to fans under the age of 18 being denied entrance.