Lady Gaga Not Welcome in Indonesia, says Muslim Group
JAKARTA – Indonesia may be home to many Little Monsters, as fans of Lady Gaga are called, but a hard line Muslim group said Monday that 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 have already expressed opposition to the gig.
"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. Mr. 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.
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