Lady Gaga Scraps Indonesia Concert Amid Security Concerns
By the CNN Wire Staff
JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) — 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.
If the concert were held, there would be concerns the singer, her crew and attendees may be in harm’s way, said Minola Sebayang, the lawyer for the promoters.
“This is an advice from her security team. So the cancellation is purely based on the decision made by her management,” Sebayang said.
Earlier this month, Jakarta police recommended that Lady Gaga’s sold-out June 3 show not be issued a permit because of security concerns.
The pop diva appeared to acknowledge the incident in a post on Twitter on Saturday: “There is nothing Holy about hatred.”
On Sunday, she tweeted confirmation of the cancelation: “We had to cancel the concert in Indonesia. I’m so very sorry and the fans & just as devastated as you if not more. You are everything to me,” she wrote.
“I will try to put together something special for you. My love for Indonesia has only grown,” the performer 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.
Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world.
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.
Last week, Christian groups in the Philippines protested Lady Gaga’s performances there Monday and Tuesday.
— CNN’s Kathy Quiano contributed to this report.