Dominican Republic bans 'immoral' Miley Cyrus gig

The Dominican Republic has banned Miley Cyrus performing a gig on the island on "morality grounds".

Miley won't get the chance to stick her tongue out in the Dominican Republic. Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Cyrus' raunchy on-stage antics- including twerking and crotch grabbing- were deemed "acts that go against morals and customs".

And under Dominican law the singer could be criminally punished, the government said.

Miley is currently performing her worldwide Bangerz tour. Credit: Robin Utrecht/ABACA/Press Association Images

Cyrus was due to perform there on September 13 but the gig has now been cancelled.

A representative for Cyrus did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Concert organisers in the Dominican Republic also made no comment on the ban.

It is not the first time the Dominican Republic has banned songs it considers vulgar from the airwaves, including some by Calle 13 of Puerto Rico.