May 29, 2012

Lady Gaga Apologizes For Canceling Indonesian Concert

Lady Gaga’s managers cancelled the planned concert in Jakarta on June 3 as the police could not guarantee security at the event

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball has certainly not been without its headache. The Asian leg of the tour has encountered resistance in nearly every country and finally the pop singer has been forced to cancel one her shows. Gaga pulled the plug on a concert scheduled for this weekend in Jakarta, Indonesia due to security concerns, apologizing to her fans via Twitter.

“We had to cancel the concert in Indonesia. I’m so very sorry to the fans & just as devastated as you if not more. You are everything to me,” Gaga tweeted over the weekend. “I will try to put together something special for you. My love for Indonesia has only grown. #GagaSends LoveToJakarta and all its people.”

The concert was being protested by the Islamic Defenders Front who called the singer a “devil worshipper.” Due to the protests the city’s police refused to issue a permit for the concert due to concerns about security. The Defenders Front had said they would amass at the airport by the thousands if Lady Gaga arrived in the country and said they bought tickets to the concert so they could protest from inside. Gaga was scheduled to play in a 52,000-seat stadium in Jakarta, one of the largest stops on the tour so far. Salim Alatas, one of the leaders of the Islamic Defenders Front, told the Associated Press, “This is a victory for Indonesian Muslims. Thanks to God for protecting us from a kind of devil.”

Fans of U.S. pop star Lady Gaga prepare to perform a flash mob at a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, May 27, 2012. Lady Gaga canceled her sold-out show in Indonesia after Islamist hard-liners threatened violence, claiming her sexy clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt the youth. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Gaga has been met with numerous protests around Asia, but this is the first show she’s been forced to cancel. She is also not the first musical artist to be the target of protests by Islamic groups in Asia. Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Kylie Minogue have also encountered similar threats. Gaga has also angered Catholic groups in South Korea and the Philippines, and recently stirred up controversy in Thailand when she tweeted about shopping in Bangkok for a fake Rolex. Gaga wrote, “I just landed in Bangkok baby! Ready for 50,000 screaming Thai monsters. I wanna get lost in a lady market and buy fake Rolex.”

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