With Western audiences increasingly difficult to shock with anything short of full-on hardcore gross-out porn, what’s a pop star in 2012 to do? Travel to the Muslim world, of course, non-halal meat dress in tow.
A Lady Gaga concert scheduled for June 3 in Jakarta, Indonesia has been cancelled due to pressure from conservative Islamic groups, who cite “sexy outfits” and “Satan” among their concerns over letting the Lady perform for their children. (I’d go with “shitty disco music” and “trying too hard,” but that’s just me.) They even threatened to intercept her at the airport:
“We will stop her from setting foot on our land. She had better not dare spread her satanic faith in this country,” FPI [Islamic Defenders Front] Jakarta chairman 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,” he said.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the youth of Indonesia have already been exposed to her pernicious influence, as some 52,000 tickets to the concert had already been sold, with 2,000 more being released this week. (How big are the stadiums in Jakarta?!) Many words of indignance on Twitter and Facebook confirm that little monsters have taken over the country.
I realize that they have much different cultural standards in Indonesia, but it seems odd that they’d decide to pick on Lady Gaga, as “sexual” is not really the first thing that comes to mind when I think about her whole…schtick. Sure, she shows quite a bit of skin, but she’s more into being her own obnoxious, theatrical self than being an object of desire. She even told her young female fans to wait until their mid-twenties to start having sex, so that they can make better decisions, assert themselves, and enjoy it more. That’s not exactly “wait until marriage,” but it’s still quite the deviation from contemporaries like Rihanna and Katy Perry. Then again, she wants girls and gay boys to feel empowered, and we all know how religious fundamentalists feel about that.
(Via The Telegraph)