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Lady Gaga criticized by Thai officials for 'offensive' show

Lady Gaga's Thai flag-bikini performance draws ire from the country's culture ministry.

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A South Korean Protestant church group has accused pop singer Lady Gaga of "spreading an unhealthy sexual culture." (Jemal Countess/AFP/Getty Images)

Thai officials today lodged a formal complaint against Lady Gaga, criticizing the singer for sitting on the nation's flag while donned in a controversial Thai headdress-bikini ensemble during her recent performance in Bangkok, reported Reuters

The culture ministry's secretary, Somchai Seanglai, told CBC that a summary of all public complaints made against Lady Gaga have been compiled and submitted to the police.

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Government officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the May 25 performance -- which gathered a massive crowd of 50,000 -- was "not appropriate" and "hurt the feelings of the Thai people," according to CBC

The culture ministry will not press legal charges against the singer, said Reuters

The singer also rankled the Thai public by tweeting about picking up an imitation Rolex watch at street markets in the Thai capital during her stay, reported the Associated Press

Lady Gaga's Bangkok appearance proved so contentious that it put an early end to her world tour as organizers pulled out of concerts lined up in the Philippines and South Korea, said Reuters. Islamic groups also reportedly criticized the pop singer for being "vulgar."

The grammy winner's Indonesia concert was also canceled amid concerns of violence from critical extremist groups, said CBC, while protests against her performances were seen in Seoul, Manila and Jakarta. 

Thailand's culture ministry is known its conservative stance toward popular culture, according to Reuters.  

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