News / Asia

Hardliners Say Lady Gaga 'Too Pornographic' for Indonesia

Singer Lady Gaga poses for a photograph with a fan upon her arrival at Narita international airport in Narita, east of Tokyo May 8, 2012.
Singer Lady Gaga poses for a photograph with a fan upon her arrival at Narita international airport in Narita, east of Tokyo May 8, 2012.
TEXT SIZE - +
Kate Lamb
JAKARTA - The backlash against the flamboyant American pop star Lady Gaga has been brewing in Indonesia for months. However, tensions over the singer's imminent concert reached a new high in Jakarta this week. After mounting pressure from hardline Islamic groups, police announced they will not issue the permit required for Lady Gaga to perform in the country. Rights groups say the decision is a step back for the world’s most populous Muslim nation.
 
In announcing their decision, Indonesian police also cited concerns over safety. The Islamic Defender’s Front,  FPI,  threatened to deploy 30,000 members to physically prevent Lady Gaga from getting off the plane.

Although the majority of Indonesia's population is decidedly moderate,  the FPI has been particularly vocal and politically influential over the past year.
 
Salim Alatas who heads FPI’s Jakarta branch,  thanked police for their efforts.
 
"We from the FPI reject the Lady Gaga concert because she will destroy the morals and culture of Indonesia," he said.  Alatas said Lady Gaga represents Satanism adding that the group would not reject her if she was not “pornographic.”
 
This week the Indonesian government warned music promoters to consider the country's culture and tradition when inviting foreign artists to perform here. The tourism ministry also emphasized that foreign performers should wear modest outfits on stage.
 
But many of Jakarta’s Western-minded young people believe hardline groups should not have the right to define their morals for them.      
 
Giat, 18, is a Jakarta student who runs a Twitter page called Lady.Gaga.Indonesia.
 
The page has 22,000 followers -" Little Monsters" as Lady Gaga fans are known - many of whom have criticized the decision.
 
“Those arguments from those people who don't like Lady Gaga aren't rational to me, actually not only to me but to all little monsters in Indonesia," Giat said. "As we know Lady Gaga never asked anyone to worship Satan so it's like they are trying to lie to the public because not everyone knows Lady Gaga, so everyone will hate Lady Gaga and the concert will be canceled. It is so ridiculous to me and all little monsters.”
 
Despite allegations that the pop star would tarnish Indonesia’s moral fiber, she has plenty of fans in Jakarta. More than 52,000 tickets were purchased in advance, making the sold-out show her biggest in Asia.
 
Lady Gaga’s local promoter, Big Daddy productions, says it is still trying to persuade authorities to issue the permit, but rights groups say the damage to Indonesia’s tolerant Islamic image is done.
 
Human Rights Watch Asia deputy director Elaine Pearson says hardline groups like the FPI are becoming increasingly aggressive.
 
“It used to be that they would only go after the minorities like the Ahmadiyah but increasingly over the last couple of years we have seen more attacks against Christian churches and so on," Pearson said. "I think now the fact they are even taking on the Lady Gaga concert shows that there are very emboldened by the failure if the state to really rein in their activities. They really want to control what people can do and see in Indonesia.”
 
Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way Ball” world tour includes stops in Bangkok, Manila, Tapei, Hong Kong and South Korea.

And there have been culture clashes in those places too.

Conservative groups in South Korea complained about Lady Gaga’s skimpy costumes, leading authorities to ban minors from attending her recent show. Several of the pop singer’s tunes are banned in China.

You May Like

Multimedia Anti-Keystone XL Protests Continue

Demonstrators are worried about pipeline's effect on climate change, their traditional way of life, health and safety More

Thailand's Political Power Struggle Continues

Court gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to prepare her defense over abuse of power charges but uncertainty remains over election timing More

Malaysia Plane Search Tests Limits of Ocean Mapping Technology

Expert tells VOA existing equipment’s maximum operating depth is around 6 kilometers as operation continues on ocean bed for any trace of MH370 More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: antonio from: Salinas
May 21, 2012 11:38 AM
i think laddy g should stop making music shes not good at all n besides shes evil she should not be making those videos that make little kids become bad


by: Soonthorn from: Cholburi,Thailand
May 19, 2012 5:39 AM
In Thailand,It is said that Lady Gaga will have concert on May 25.And
du
ring that time,there were the auspicious holy Buddhist celebration
of two events namely: 2600 Buddhajayanti celebration and Vesak.
uptill now I myself have not yet see indicator-issues to disturb.It maybe happen near the event.I myself disagree this show. It should be postponed on the proper time.


by: chuchu from: philippines
May 17, 2012 8:24 PM
I love lady gaga's songs but i hate the videos. It's very satanic. Her videos are becoming more and more liberated and satanic! We don't like that. >:


by: Muhammad Yasin from: Indonesia
May 17, 2012 10:03 AM
after seeing some comments I cann't understand saying of some young indonesia people Iam also young Indonesia people but I am not addicted to wanting Lady Gaga comes to Indonesia I think what old Indonesia people say it's truly loving, remember we live in east culture and Lady Gaga isn't suitable for us


by: nero from: shanghai
May 16, 2012 11:30 PM
Though I am not Islamic,the stance to me is 110% correct. We should NEVER be carried away by winds of satanism in the name of intertainment.Our future generations need to be shepherded towards a morally-right future.


by: Justin from: Vermont
May 16, 2012 12:17 PM
She should fly into the stadium via helicopter and perform with a bulletproof vest. I'm sure she would if she could... she's so dedicated to her fans and making sure that things go her way.


by: Monis from: Pakistan
May 16, 2012 11:37 AM
Indonesia has every right to protect its religion and culture.


by: Marie from: Jakarta, Indonesia
May 16, 2012 11:16 AM
To be honest, as one of Moslem youths in Indonesia, I don't see how the heck Lady Gaga's coming to Indonesia will demoralize young people here. Because, even without Lady G, many of them are already badly behaved. Giving birth out of wedlock. Gambling and getting drunk every night. Stabbing bypasers just for a wad of cash. All of their actions are against Islamic teachings already. So please, FPI aka THE hardline Islamic Group: STOP MAKING LADY GAGA AS A BLACKSHEEP! It's moronic and reflecting your capacity as less human being. Leave her alone. I, myself, am going to watch her concert. And guess what? I'm still doing the 5-time daily pray, annual fasting, and so much more. We're all grown up, we can choose which things from our idol that shouldn't have been followed and which ones are okay. Note that down! ;)


by: lucy from: dc
May 16, 2012 10:39 AM
Religious Tolerance should not be applied against a singer/entertainer


by: Lenett from: Lawson Mo.
May 16, 2012 9:56 AM
Good! Get the H out of there they are nut's Must have been someone on the higher up food chain that made them stop the Concert. Lenett Morgan Waite

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Messagei
X
Penelope Poulou
April 22, 2014 5:53 PM
Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Message

Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pro-Russian Separatists Plan 'Federalization Referendum' in Eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine say they plan to move forward next month with a referendum vote for greater autonomy, despite the Geneva agreement reached with Russia, the U.S. and Ukraine to end the political conflict. VOA's Brian Padden reports from the city of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine.
Video

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

French filmmaker Luc Jacquet won worldwide acclaim for his 2005 Academy Award-winning documentary "March of the Penguins". Now Jacquet is back with a new film that takes movie-goers deep into the heart of a tropical rainforest - not only to celebrate its grandeur, but to make the case for its survival. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.
Video

Video International Students Learn Film Production in World's Movie Capital

Hollywood - which is part of Los Angeles - is the movie capital of the world, and many aspiring filmmakers go there in hopes of breaking into the movie business. Mike O'Sullivan reports that regional universities are also a magnet for students who hope to become producers or directors.
Video

Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
Video

Video Autistic Adults Face Housing, Job Challenges

Many parents of children with disabilities fear for the future of their adult child. It can be difficult to find services to help adults with disabilities - physical, mental or emotional - find work or live on their own. The mother of an autistic boy set up a foundation to advocate for the estimated 1.2 million American adults with autism, a developmental disorder that causes communication difficulties and often social difficulties. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.
AppleAndroid