Lady Gaga Is Forbidden From Performing in These 2 Countries

Lady Gaga’s Chromatica Ball Tour didn’t happen this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, when it finally does happen, she will only perform in North America and Europe. There’s a reason for that. Her net worth is an estimated $300 million, however, she is banned in several countries, including Indonesia and China. The international pop star joins a long list of artists banned from other countries

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Lady Gaga at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards | Kevin Winter/MTV VMAs 2020/Getty Images for MTV

Lady Gaga had to cancel a sold-out show in Indonesia

In 2012, Lady Gaga was met with protests by Islamic leaders and lawmakers. They thought her revealing clothing and dances would corrupt the young people in their country. The show in Jakarta, Indonesia, was going to be the largest on Gaga’s Asian tour. However, the Born This Way Ball Tour was denied a permit for the sold-out show less than three weeks before she would take the stage.

Lady Gaga poster in Indonesia reads 'Go to H*ll Lady Gaga'
Indonesian Islamic hardliners chanting ‘Go to hell Lady Gaga’ | OSCAR SIAGIAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Jakarta’s local police recommended that the permit for the show be denied because they could not guarantee Gaga’s safety. Many Islamic hard-liners criticized her performance. They said that the “suggestive nature of her show threatened to undermine the country’s moral fiber.”

Some of the critics were outspoken, saying that they would not allow Gaga to step off the plane in their country. While many fans were disappointed, it is not likely that the artist would try to return to Indonesia anytime soon.

China banned Lady Gaga from the country for a meeting with the Dalai Lama

Gaga was nowhere near China soil when she met with the Dalai Lama. However, that did not stop the Chinese government from barring her from returning to the country. The artist met the spiritual leader at the United States Conference of Mayors 84th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, on June 26, 2016.

The Dalai Lama and Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga and the Dalai Lama | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Born This Way Foundation

They discussed mental health, yoga, meditation, and “the global significance of building compassionate cities.” The ban was issued by the Communist Party of China’s propaganda department shortly after the meeting, according to NBC News. The instruction ordered media organizations to stop distributing her music and news outlets to condemn the meeting.

The Dalai Lama fled China in 1959, where they call him a separatist and a “wolf in monk’s clothing.” Gaga won’t be permitted to perform in China anytime soon.

The Oscar winner postponed the Chromatic Ball Tour to 2021

This summer the show would have taken Gaga to six stadiums across North America and Europe. However, it was delayed to summer 2021 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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“The Chromatica Ball is officially moving to Summer 2021!” Gaga announced on Twitter. “We’ve been working hard to figure out the safest and soonest way to bring this show to you, but most importantly, want everyone to be healthy and able to dance together at the shows as we always have.”

The tour will stop in six places next summer, beginning in France on July 25, 2021. It will end in Chicago, Illinois, on Aug. 27, if all goes as planned.