If there’s anything Lady Gaga wants it’s for everyone to be accepted for who they are. But it looks like the megastar is having a hard time being accepted for who she is by certain religious groups throughout Asia. Recently Gaga made headlines for her controversial “Born This Way” Asian tour that has garnered attention for protesters that are against what Gaga stands for and what they perceive would “threaten morality.” Indonesian police would not grant her a permit to perform despite the sold-out concert where 52,000 attendees were expected. In South Korea those under the age of 18 were prohibited from attending the concert. In addition, the AP reported that approximately 200 Christian youth in Milana, Philippines protested against her performing in Milana. Gaga prevailed in Milana and gave over 16,000 of her little monsters exactly what they’d hoped for last night.
As she mounts a motorcycle equipped with a keyboard, she plays the tune to “Hair” and speaks honestly about her feelings on all of the madness. She spoke through the tears and shared:
I just feel like, you know, so many people have been protesting and it really doesn’t bother me truly because I know that there has to be change, but for all those kids all over the world that take their lives when they’re so young because they feel bullied or they’re afraid because they’re gay and they don’t want to tell anybody, don’t you think that some of us should f*cking stand up and say the go*damn truth?
She talked about the threats against her life if she performed in Jakarta. She said it’s a “travesty” that anyone in any country would get shot for being who they are. She ended her heartfelt spiel with these words:
And it’s not that I don’t respect their culture or yours, I respect you, I do. Everything that you believe in, everything that you stand for, even the things that I sing about that you don’t agree with. I totally respect that because everybody’s allowed to have their own opinions. But I cannot respect homphobia. I cannot respect hatred to the gay community.”
Her team is currently working out a compromise for her June 3 show in Jakarta to go on as scheduled. One thing for sure is Gaga will not be silenced. Neither will her monsters.
Gaga Gets Emotional About Religious Extremists in Manila [Ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com]
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