Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert

By Aaron Pero

Thu Aug 21st, 2014 5:30pm America/Los_Angeles

File - In this Aug. 25, 2013 file photo, Miley Cyrus performs a move known as "twerking" at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center in New York. The word twerking is on a list of among those words selected for elimination in Michigan's Lake Superior State University's 39th annual batch of words to banish due to overuse, overreliance and overall fatigue. Others include "selfie," "Mr. Mom" and "on steroids."(AP Photo/Charles Sykes, Invision, File)
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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds.

The commission said in a statement Thursday that it took the action because Cyrus often “undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law.”

Tickets ranging from $27 to $370 for the concert in the capital have been on sale since July.

Some critics have declared Cyrus’ onstage antics, including twerking and crotch-grabbing, as vulgar.

A representative for Cyrus did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Concert organizers in the Dominican Republic did not comment on the ban.

The commission in the past has banned songs it considers vulgar from the airwaves, including some by Calle 13 of Puerto Rico.

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