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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Muslim Group Declares 'Devilish' Lady Gaga Unwelcome In Indonesia


Indonesia may be home to many
Little Monsters, as fans of Lady Gaga are
called, but a hard-line Muslim group said the
American pop star is not welcome in the
country, accusing her of promoting devil
worship.

As the economies of many countries in the
West struggle, Indonesia has become a
favorite stop on the global concert circuit,
and Lady Gaga is likely to be the latest big
arrival. She is scheduled to perform in
Jakarta on June 3, but some Muslim
conservative leaders already expressed
opposition to the gig, The Wall Street
Journal's Scene Asia blog reported.

"Lady Gaga insults all religions. Even
Christians in Korea opposed her," said
Munarman, a spokesman for the Islamic
Defenders' Front (FPI), a group known for
its tough stance on vice and liberalism and
sometimes violent protests. "She is
promoting the worship of Satan."

A group of conservative Christians in South
Korea protested against Lady Gaga's concert
in their country last month, saying she
promoted homosexuality. Munarman, who
like many Indonesians goes by only one
name, did not say what the group would do
if the concert in Jakarta went ahead as
scheduled. "We'll decide later," he said.

Local fan Rientha Ramdan said that her
idol's songs are not from the devil.
"Some of the songs in her latest album
actually reflect her spirituality as a Catholic,"
the Jakarta-based Little Monster said. "I
don't think they even listen to Lady Gaga's
songs. They only see her posters, which are
frightening, but they are just for show."

Ticket prices for the concert to be held at
the Bung Karno soccer stadium range from
750,000 rupiah to 2.25 million rupiah ($82
to $245), unaffordable prices for most
Indonesians.

Last week, The Jakarta Post reported that FPI
chairman Rizieq Shihab warned there would
be trouble if Lady Gaga's concert was not
stopped. "If you want chaos in Jakarta, just
continue to hold the concert," he was
quoted as saying.

Muslim scholar Cholil Ridwan told The
Jakarta Globe that Gaga's performances
were haram, or forbidden, in Islam because
the singer, whose real name is Stefani
Joanne Angelina Germanotta, wears
revealing clothes during concerts.

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