Yanuar Rahman & Teddy Kurniawan
The head of the company promoting Lady Gaga’s upcoming Jakarta show said he was prepared to meet with the Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI) if they issued an edict banning the show.
MUI chairman Cholil Ridwan said over the weekend that the concert was “intended to destroy the nation’s morality” and attending it, given Lady Gaga’s revealing and controversial outfits, should be “haram,” forbidden under Islamic law for Muslims.
Michael Rusli, the president director of promoter Big Daddy Production, said he was not discouraged by Cholil’s comments, saying his views were personal and not representative of the MUI as a whole.
However, Rusli said he was ready to meet with the organization if it officially issued an edict banning the concert.
“I cannot say much because there is not yet an official statement from the MUI. However, if there is, we’re ready to meet them and find a solution together,” Rusli said on Monday in an interview with BeritaSatu.
“This sort of thing isn’t the first for Lady Gaga. But so far there have been no problems with her shows. If there have, she would have been banned in many places. [Her eccentricity] is part of the artist’s promotion. It’s not extreme; many are more extreme.”
Lady Gaga’s Jakarta concert is scheduled for June 3 at Gelora Bung Karno in Central Jakarta.
More than 25,000 tickets to the Jakarta leg of her “Born This Way Ball” tour were sold in less than two hours on March 10, the first day the tickets were available.