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Extremists win the Lady Gaga saga

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 28 2012   /  07:42 am

Flash mob:
JP/Nurhayati
Fans of American pop star Lady Gaga perform in a flash mob event in Jakarta on Sunday. The Lady Gaga concert in Jakarta was canceled after weeks of controversy created by religious hard-liners who claimed her outlandish clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt Indonesia’s youth.The US pop singer Lady Gaga will not perform in the country as part of her “Born This Way Ball Tour 2012”, dealing another blow to the country’s much-touted freedom of expression.

Local promoter Big Daddy Entertainment’s executive Michael Rusli told reporters in Jakarta on Sunday that Gaga’s management had called him earlier that morning to cancel her performance in the capital.

“We have already received a call from Gaga’s management that the singer had called off her concert in the capital,” said Michael.

Radical Muslim groups have exp...