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Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert

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Twerking singer often “undertakes acts that go against morals and customs,” commission finds.

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." 

"In recent years, Miley Cyrus has morphed into a stripper and a porn artist, so it is not surprising that people of a decent character reject her. The Dominican Republic is right to shun her. How I wish we would do so here in America," said Patrick A. Trueman, president and CEO of Morality in Media.

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.

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.

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