Apparently, we can stop.
The Associated Press reports that the Dominican Republic public commission has barred 21-year-old Miley Cyrus from performing in the country. Cyrus had a September 13th concert planned for Santo Domingo, the capital of Dominican Republic.
The singer, who got her start starring as the title character on the Disney Channel’s , is said to “undertake acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law” according to the countries public commission. The countries ruling may contradict this “Diplomacy in Action” piece published by the US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. The study states that as of 2008 there were no government restrictions on “academic freedom or cultural events” in Dominican Republic, the terms academic and cultural leaving ample room for interpretation.
As Cyrus has seemingly courted controversy in the past, the ban should not come as a surprise. From grinding on singer Robin Thicke at the VMAs, to her twerk filled video, the singer has not been afraid to provoke the public. Still, her 2013 album Bangerz received near universal praise from critics and spawned the mosticonic (and parodied) video of the year in the Terry Richardsondirected .
If there is any solace for the singer, Miley Cyrus now joins the long and rather illustrious list of musicians barred from performing in certain countries including: Lady Gaga (Malaysia), Oasis (China), Amy Winehouse (USA), 50 Cent (Canada), Snoop Dogg (UK AND Australia), and Chris Brown (UK).