Miley Cyrus banned from Dominican Republic for ‘promoting lesbian sex’

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A planned Miley Cyrus concert has been banned by authorities in the Dominican Republic, over concerns it would corrupt morals and promote lesbianism.

The Wrecking Ball singer was due to perform in the county on September 13, but she will no longer be allowed to perform.

A statement said: “The National Commission for Public Performances… imposes this ban based on Miley Cyrus’ common engagement in acts during her concerts that defy morals and customs in ways usually penalized by Dominican law.

“[Cyrus] uses inadequate attire, corrupts language, uses perverse imagery and phrasing, uses phrases with double meanings, glorifies crime, violence and denigrating acts against civility and promotes sex, lesbian sex and the wearing of inadequate clothing.”

Tickets had been on sale for the performance for as much as $370 (£223), but have since been withdrawn from sale.

Homosexuality is not in itself a crime in the Dominican Republic, but the openly gay US Ambassador Wally Brewster has been the victim of rising anti-gay sentiment.

The 21-year-old singer is a fierce advocate of same-sex marriage, describing it as “incomprehensible” that people still oppose it.

She said last year: “Everyone said I was a lesbian but I’m like, ‘Being a lesbian isn’t a bad thing. So if you think I look like I’m a lesbian, I’m not offended. You can call me much worse.”