Thailand Balks at Lady Gaga's Use of Flag in Concert

Culture ministry said she "hurt the feelings of the Thai people"

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    Lady Gaga, shown here performing on stage during her concert in Taipei, rubbed the Thai government the wrong way with her performance in Bangkok with a Thai flag and traditional headdress.

    Thailand's Culture Ministry is criticizing Lady Gaga over what it says was her inappropriate use of a Thai flag during a Bangkok concert last month.

    Lady Gaga wore a traditional Thai headdress and a bikini and sat on a motorcycle with a Thai flag tied to it.

    The ministry says the act was "not appropriate and hurt the feelings of the Thai people."

    The ministry's Permanent Secretary Somchai Seanglai says his agency gave police a summary of public complaints it received.

    Somchai says that is protocol but the ministry does not intend to seek legal action against the American pop diva.

    Her Asian tour has been wildly popular but also raised objections. An Indonesian show was canceled after Muslim hard-liners denounced it, and a Korean show was deemed 18-and-up-only after protests.