I was kind of burnt out on Lady Gaga, but then she stopped being so in-your-face for a few months and she just “starred” on the season finale of The Simpsons. That episode went a long way in making me feel some love for Lady Gaga, probably because that show has brilliant writers who packaged her “little monster” shtick better than she ever could. She’s the same as she always was, I’m just easily influenced. (Here’s a video of her behind the scenes on that episode. She seems very out of place, like she can’t turn off her persona when necessary.)
Well I’ll be damned if this isn’t another story that makes me feel a tinge for Gaga. She just had to cancel her sold out concert in Jakarta, Indonesia due to security threats after Muslim extremist groups condemned her weird sexually-tinged act as too provocative. It wasn’t just threats to Gaga that led her team to cancel the show, it was threats to the concert-goers. Remember the terrorist attacks there in 2009? This is some serious sh*t, and they did the right thing by canceling the show. Here’s more, thanks to The BBC. Some group called her the “devils messenger.”
Lady Gaga has cancelled a concert in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, citing security concerns after protests by religious groups.
The singer said she was “devastated” at the decision.
Police in Indonesia had refused to issue a permit for the US pop star after Islamic groups objected to her show, claiming it was too vulgar.
The hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) had threatened to try to stop Lady Gaga getting off the plane.
Indonesia is officially secular but has more Muslims than any other country.
More than 50,000 tickets had been sold for the 3 June event. Promoters said they would offer refunds.
Police had said they would only issue permits for the concert – part of Gaga’s Born This Way Ball concept tour – if the flamboyant singer agreed to tone things down. Instead, her management pulled the plug on the show.
“Lady Gaga’s management has considered the situation minute to minute, and with threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga’s side is calling off the concert,” Minola Sebayang, lawyer for promoters Big Daddy, told reporters.
“This is not only about Lady Gaga’s security, but extends to those who will be watching her.”
Big Daddy President Michael Rusli said: “I think everyone including the government itself would have hoped that the show would go on. But of course along the way we have to review all the planning and we have to be mindful of what is happening in the media, what is happening in Indonesia itself.”
Just hours before the announcement, Lady Gaga wrote on her Twitter account: “There is nothing holy about hatred.”
The singer has nearly 25 million followers on Twitter – the highest number on the social networking site.
The Islamist FPI had threatened violence if the concert went ahead, calling Lady Gaga a “devil’s messenger” who wears only a “bra and panties”.
Habib Salim Alatas, the group’s FPI Jakarta chairman, said the cancellation was “good news” for Indonesia’s Muslims.
“FPI is grateful that she has decided not to come. Indonesians will be protected from sin brought about by this Mother Monster, the destroyer of morals,” he told AFP news agency.
He added: “Lady Gaga fans, stop complaining. Repent and stop worshipping the devil. Do you want your lives taken away by God as infidels?”
Indonesia’s conservative Religious Affairs Minister, Suryadharma Ali, also welcomed the cancellation.
“I strongly believe this cancellation will benefit the country,” he said.
“Indonesians need entertainment and art which have moral values.”
Following the cancellation, Lady Gaga took to Twitter again to apologise.
“We had to cancel the concert in Indonesia,” she said. “I’m so very sorry to the fans and just as devastated as you, if not more. You are everything to me.”
It’s true there’s “nothing holy about hatred.” This probably cost her team millions in lost revenue. She has about 50 other concerts coming this year, no joke, so this is a drop in the bucket to them. It also gets her lots more publicity, and isn’t that what she’s all about? I do feel for her somewhat, but it’s hard not to be cynical where Gaga is concerned. She’s all about controversy, so I’m not convinced that she’s entirely “devastated” when she gets it.
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