Pop superstar Lady Gaga’s upcoming Jakarta concert should be canceled the Jakarta Police said on Sunday, citing a flurry of objections from Indonesia’s Islamic organisations ranging from issues with the US pop star’s provocative outfits to allegations of devil worship.
Lady Gaga’s sold-out Jakarta concert is scheduled for June 3, but police have yet to decide whether Indonesia’s 40,000 ticket-holders will be able to see Lady Gaga perform. The planned concert has attracted the ire of hard-line Islamists the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), who called Lady Gaga to the devil during rallies and warned that her concert will degrade the nation’s sense of morality.
The Jakarta Police recommended that the concert be canceled. But, in the end, the decision is out of their hands.
“The concert permit is issued by the National Police,” Jakarta Police spokesman Rikwanto said, “but the Jakarta Police doesn’t recommend the concert be held.”
The National Police are still undecided whether to allow Lady Gaga to perform in Jakarta.
“We’re still discussing it,” National Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar told Beritasatu.com. “The concert is slated for June, so we haven’t made a decision. We’ll announce whether or not we’ll issue a permit later.”
The Muslim Defenders Team urged the police to cancel the concert to prevent possible conflicts between Islamists and Lady Gaga fans.
“We ask the National Police to take into consideration the public’s opposition to Lady Gaga’s concert,” said M. Mahendradatta, board chair for the Muslim Defenders Team – an organisation known for representing hard-line Islamists and alleged terrorists.
Mahendradatta said that the pop diva promotes devil worship and that her concert will corrupt the moral sensibilities of young Indonesians.
“Whether you like it or not, Lady Gaga teaches [fans] to worship the devil,” he said. “That goes against the teachings of any religion. We don’t approve of that.”
The Muslim Defenders Team, Mahendradatta said, are not trying to pressure police into canceling the concert.
“There is no pressure, just a consideration to prevent conflicts,” he said.
But the FPI have taken a harder stance on the pop star’s Jakarta concert and threatened to mobilise 30,000 protesters to stop Lady Gaga from entering the country.
“We will stop her from setting foot on our land. She had better not dare spread her satanic faith in this country,” FPI Jakarta chair Salim Alatas told AFP. “Her style is vulgar, her sexual and indecent clothes will destroy our children’s sense of morality. She’s very dangerous.”
FPI’s leader Rizieq Syihab furthered the devil worshiping claims, adding that the singer was planning to build Lucifer’s kingdom in Indonesia.
“If she performed, I will send Muslims in Jakarta to stop the concert,” he said in Temanggung.
The pop star’s “Born This Way” Asian tour has drawn protest from religious conservatives in South Korea, the Philippines and Indonesia.