Lady Gaga banned from Jakarta, unlike similar "controversial" performers.
Jakarta police have recommended Lady Gaga be refused a permit to perform, after threats by Islamist groups to disrupt her concert and protest her arrival in Jakarta.
Lady Gaga could be the first performer banned since the "Reformasi" in 1998, when previous bans/limits on freedom of speech and artistic expression (including e.g. Tempo magazine and overseas music acts) were lifted.
thugs advocacy groups e.g. the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) have based their opposition on two arguments:
1. Lady Gaga Spreads Pornography And Promotes Homosexuality
Many female singers with similar music styles, opinions on gay rights and/or fashion sense have performed in Jakarta in recent years, without incident:
Left to Right: Kylie Minogue - Vocal supporter of gay rights and regular performer at Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras;
Katy Perry - Her first hit single was "I Kissed A Girl", another is "Ur So Gay";
Gwen Stefani - Told in Malaysia to dress more politely and cover up between her shoulders and knees;
Beyoncé - Banned in Malaysia, arrived on a charter flight at Jakarta's old Halim Airport, possibly to avoid protestors at Soekarno-Hatta Airport
2. Lady Gaga Worships Satan, Says She Is "Satan's Daughter", etc
The following groups have also toured Indonesia in recent years without incident, despite similar accusations levelled against them (and many of their peers) in the past:
If metal fan Joko Widodo wins the Jakarta Governor's election in July, it will be interesting to see whether he is willing to challenge the Islamist groups and encourage the police to be more tolerant.