Just when we thought Lady Gaga was going to ditch her backup dancers and perform solo in Jakarta, Indonesia to adhere to their censorship guidelines, she has instead cancelled the controversial June 3 show. She sure does know how to start a ruckus. Cancelling the sold-out concert comes after religious leaders protested the pop star because of her explicit lyrics and racy costumes. Certain people were so opposed to her performing in Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population in the world, that Gaga received threats on her life. Let’s face it, no show is worth the potential of losing your life.
The national police in Jakarta refused to grant the singer a permit needed to hold her concert. After negotiating with Gaga’s team they were willing to let her perform if she toned down certain aspects of her show. We’re going to be honest, “toned down” and Gaga don’t even belong in the same sentence. According to Reuters, all of the 52,000 fans who purchased tickets will be refunded all of their money. On Sunday she addressed her 25 million Twitter followers tweeting, “We had to cancel the concert in Indonesia. I’m so very sorry to the fans and just as devastated as you if not more. You are everything to me.” She added, “I will try to put together something special for you. My love for Indonesia has only grown.”
We’re sure her little monsters are disappointed. But as much as we love “Born This Way,” it could’ve gotten ugly for both her and the attendees. We also wonder if death threats were really the best method to preach against Gaga’s vulgarity, because, you know, wishing someone dead is so much higher on the morality list than scantily clad clothing.
Lady Gaga cancels Indonesia concert on security fears [Reuters.com]
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