Lady Gaga cancels Indonesian show over security
Muslim men shout slogans during a rally against U.S. pop singer Lady Gaga's concert that is scheduled to be held on June 3, outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, May 25, 2012. Lady Gaga might have to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia because police worry her sexy clothes and dance moves undermine Islamic values and will corrupt the country's youth. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — It's final: Lady Gaga's show in Indonesia won't go on.
Islamic hard-liners have threatened violence if the pop diva holds her "Born This Way Ball" concert in the world's most populous Muslim country, saying her sexy clothes and provocative dance moves could corrupt youth. Police refused to issue the necessary permits unless she agreed to tone things down.
Muslim women hold posters during a protest against Lady Gaga's concert that is scheduled for June 3, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, May 24, 2012. Lady Gaga might have to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia because police worry her sexy clothes and dance moves undermine Islamic values and will corrupt the country's youth. The writings on the posters read "Reject cultural invasion" and "Infidel." (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Concert promotion lawyer Minola Sebayang confirmed Sunday that the June 3 show had been canceled.
He said, "With threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga's side is calling off the concert. This is not only about Lady Gaga's security, but extends to those who will be watching her."
Indonesia, a nation of 240 million people, was supposed to be the biggest performance on Lady Gaga's Asian tour.