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Lady Gaga will have to cancel Indonesia concert

Fans of US pop singer and songwriter Lady Gaga are pictured in costumes and holding placards as they gather to attend her concert in Manila, the Philippines on May 21.

Photo: AFP

Lady Gaga will have to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia amid concerns her sexy clothes and dance moves undermine Islamic values and will corrupt the youth.

National police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said last Tuesday the permit for her June 3 “Born This Way Ball” concert had been denied. Jakarta police recommended the denial. Although Indonesia has a long history of religious tolerance, a small extremist fringe has become more vocal in recent years. A country of 240 million people, it has more Muslims than any other nation.

Hard-liners have loudly criticized Lady Gaga, saying the suggestive nature of her show threatened to undermine the country’s moral fiber. Some threatened to use physical force to prevent her from stepping off the plane.

Fans have been eagerly awaiting Lady Gaga, with every seat in Jakarta’s 52,000-seat Gelora Bung Karno stadium scooped up — half in the first two hours of sales.

“I’m very disappointed,” said Mariska Renata, who had tickets to the Jakarta show.

She said by bowing to the wishes of “troublemakers,” authorities only give them more power. “We are mature enough to be able to separate our own moral values from arts and culture,” Renata said.










1. undermine v.

破壞 (po4 huai4)

例: The flow of water had undermined pillars supporting the roof.


2. hard-liner n.

強硬派 (qiang2 ying4 pai4)

例: Neither hard-liners nor reformers would be likely to want him as their leader.


3. scoop up v. phr.

抱起;拿起 (bao4 qi3; na2 qi3)

例: He laughed and scooped her up in his arms.


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