Police deny permit to Lady Gaga concert for cultural reasons

Police deny permit to Lady Gaga concert for cultural reasons

Lady Gaga. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

"We have received many inputs from people saying that the Lady Gaga concert will not be suitable."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Jakarta police will not release a permit for Lady Gaga`s concert on June 3 in Jakarta, because they have reservations regarding the concert`s social and cultural impact on Indonesia.

"We have received many inputs from people saying that the Lady Gaga concert will not be suitable for local audiences," said the Jakarta police spokesman Senior Commissioner Rikwanto here on Tuesday.

Rikwanto also cited the Indonesian Ulema Council`s (MUI`s) edict prohibiting Lady Gaga`s concert because she is known for revealing her body, dancing erotically and spreading pornography.

According to Rikwanto, the Jakarta police have recommended the national police to refuse to issue a permit for Lady Gaga`s concert.

Meanwhile, local concert promoter Big Daddy Entertainment declared that more than 30,000 tickets for the gig have been sold since sales began on March 10.

Some of Lady Gaga`s fans, known as `Little Monsters,` voiced disappointment with the decision of the Jakarta police.

The concert is one of the first stops on Lady Gaga`s world tour titled `The Born This Way Ball,` which is slated to run from April to October.

In Lady Gaga`s concert which took place in Seoul on April 27, 2012, rallying conservative Christian groups condemned Lady Gaga for supporting homosexuality and pornography.
(T.I025/INE/KR-BSR/H-YH)

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