After debating how to handle threats of violence from Islamic fundamentalists in Indonesia, Lady Gaga and her team finally decided to cancel her sold-out June 3 show in Jakarta.
“This is an advice from her security team. So the cancellation is purely based on the decision made by her management,” said Minola Sebayang, the lawyer for the concert’s promoters.
On Sunday, Gaga tweeted confirmation of the cancellation: “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 later posted “I will try to put together something special for you. My love for Indonesia has only grown.”
Earlier, police had denied Gaga a performance permit, claiming they could not guarantee the safety of the singer or the audience. Extremists in the Islamic Defenders Front had branded her risque lyrics and costumes “haraam” or forbidden. Indonesia has the largest Islamic population in the world, though its considered more Western than other Muslim countries.
Gaga’s team had indicated she’d rather cancel a show than alter it to suit local morals. “We’ll skip them,” said Gaga’s manager, Troy Carter, according to the AFP. “We play the show as it is. It’s a very specific show, it’s a very specific audience.”
The Born This Way Ball has faced protests elsewhere in Asia, including the Philippines and Korea, where Christian conservatives forced promoters to block ticket sales to anyone under 18 years old.
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