J-Lo Tones Down For Jakarta

As she had promised, Jennifer Lopez kept the sexy outfits in storage when she brought her “Dance Again World Tour” to 7,000 fans in Jakarta, Indonesia, Nov. 30.

The dance moves weren’t as provocative, either, after local promoter Dyandra Entertainment told the singer’s managers that “making love” moves were not “appropriate” for the Muslim country.

Dyandra’s Chairi Ibrahim told the media, “JLo was very cooperative. She respected our culture.”

Lopez changed costumes several times during the 90-minute show along with her dancers, who also observed the request for modesty — no cleavage or bare patches of torso.

The fans seemed to be of two minds with regard to the changes. One female concertgoer said that despite “dressing modestly,” Lopez was “still sexy, attractive and tantalizing.”

A male fan, however, thought the star should have appeared “just the way she is. Many local artists dress even more sexy, much worse.”

Lopez brought the show to another predominantly Muslim country, Malaysia, on Dec. 2 and there were no reports of any objections.

However, the concert of another major Western artist, Elton John in Kuala Lumpur sparked protests from the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), albeit two days after he performed.

PAS had submitted  a memorandum to the government beforehand to bar John from performing at the 6,000-seat Arena of Stars on the grounds that concerts by gay persons would promote “immoral, hedonistic” values.

Though the concert went ahead as scheduled, PAS carried out a public demonstration Dec. 1, which also happened to be World AIDS Day, to express its disapproval.

“Whatever it takes, we will not let up on our propaganda work and continually remind all Muslims, particularly youths, not to get involved in matters that can drag them into vice,” the PAS youth chief told the Malaysian Times.

Homosexuality is a crime in Malaysia and punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The Guardian, however, reported that the Dec. 1 protests were “largely met with derision.”

John performed in Malaysia last year and that concert was also protested to no effect, since, like this year’s, it was sold out. Nevertheless, the same group and others managed to get Lady Gaga s concert canceled earlier this year because they said her song “Born This Way” “promoted homosexuality.”