Sunday, May 27, 2012

Lady Gaga cancels Indonesia concert over threats

Lady Gaga has canceled her concert in Indonesia due to threats by religious extremists.

Billboard reports Islamist hard-liners threatened violence, claiming Gaga’s sexy clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt the youth.

Fans were devastated, despite the promoter's offer of full refunds. Some accused police - who refused to issue a permit over concerns about security - of buckling to the will of a small group of thugs.

The planned "Born This Way Ball" concert has been on-again-off-again from the start. But on Sunday, it was final, said Minola Sebayang, a lawyer for Big Daddy, the promoter of the June 3 show.

"It's unfortunate," he said. "But with threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga's side is calling it off. This is not only about Lady Gaga's security, but extends to those who will be watching her."

Police responded by denying the necessary permits. Then, after public outcry, they said they'd reconsider - but only if Gaga agreed to tone down her act. Instead, she pulled the plug on what was supposed to be the biggest stop on her Asian tour.

Read more at Billboard here.

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