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Jennifer Lopez Will Cover Up for Indonesian Concert

Nov 30, 2012
Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez was expected to wear less revealing outfits for her concert in the Indonesian capital on Friday, the concert's promoter said.

Lopez had agreed to cover up to conform to Muslim sensibilities, said Chairi Ibrahim, project manager for Dyandra Promosindo.

"In terms of stage act there will be no difference," Ibrahim said. "But she's expected to cover parts that are usually revealed and the dancers will be clothed and not bare-chested."

But Ibrahim promised that Lopez would still show off her trademark booty-shaking dance moves in front of some 8,000 Indonesian fans.

Lopez's Jakarta concert comes five months after Indonesia made global headlines for refusing to issue a concert permit for eccentric pop diva Lady Gaga.

The ban followed protests by hardline Muslim groups that said Gaga's stage act was incompatible with local values and that she promoted devil worship.

Ibrahim said there was little opposition to Lopez's gig.

"We were worried there would be problems, but after all, J-Lo isn't as controversial as Lady Gaga," he said.

About 88 percent of Indonesia's 238 million people adhere to the Islamic faith, making it the world's largest Muslim-majority country.

Most Indonesian Muslims are moderate, but small but vocal hardline groups have been increasingly bold in pushing their agenda in recent years.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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