Organizer: Nothing vulgar in Lady Gaga concert


Members of a religious group stand in front of a sign promoting the concert of Lady Gaga as they hold a protest near the venue in suburban Pasay, south of Manila on Sunday, May 20, 2012. Renen de Guia, head of Ovation Productions, which organized the concert as part of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way Ball” tour, said the concert had nothing to do with the music video of “Judas,” the Lady Gaga song which had drawn the most outrage. Lady Gaga will perform on May 21 and 22 in Manila as part of her Asian tour. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

MANILA, Philippines—The hullabaloo on whether the Manila concert of American pop superstar Lady Gaga would corrupt the morals of the Filipino youth has made it to the pages of international publications like The New York Times and Rolling Stone.

But the very center of the controversy has reportedly chosen to ignore the issue as she prepares for the shows, which open Monday night and continue Tuesday at the newly constructed 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

“She is holed up in her hotel suite,” said Renen de Guia, head of Ovation Productions, which organized the concert as part of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way Ball” tour.

The controversial singer-songwriter is billeted at Makati Shangri-La hotel, where fans awaited her arrival on Saturday night.

Asked why the artist had not talked to the media since her arrival, De Guia told the Inquirer: “Her feeling is that she has gone past the stage where she has to explain herself to the press.”

Days before the concert, religious groups including the Catholic Church rose in protest against what they considered to be morally offensive images and lyrics in Lady Gaga’s music videos and songs.

De Guia on Sunday said he was summoned to the Pasay City Mayor’s Office on Friday as a result of the protests.

He said he had to explain to Mayor Antonino Calixto and a number of city officials that the concert had nothing to do with the music video of “Judas,” the Lady Gaga song which had drawn the most outrage.

It was a good thing, De Guia added, that Craig David, who works in Lady Gaga’s management, had flown in a day earlier to check on the venue.

Lady Gaga arrives at Makati Shangri-la in Makati City Saturday night for her Manila leg of ‘Born This Way.’ ARNOLD ALMACEN/INQUIRER

“He assured me that there would be nothing vulgar or offensive in the show. I brought him along to Pasay City Hall,” said De Guia.

As to the possibility of protesters watching the show, De Guia said he expected a number of them “to see for themselves what they have been crowing about.”

He said complimentary tickets were given to Pasay City hall officials and their representatives so they could also see for themselves whether the show would violate laws against indecency in public places.

Regarding “Judas,” a track from Lady Gaga’s third album released last year, De Guia admitted that he himself “Googled the lyrics” to find out what the fuss was all about, and that he found nothing wrong with it.

The song’s music video features a stylized depiction of Biblical characters, with Lady Gaga portraying a modern-day Mary Magdalene caught between her devotion to Jesus Christ and an attraction to Judas Iscariot.

Lady Gaga has been quoted on the Internet service provider MSN Canada as having explained:

“Judas is a metaphor and an analogy about forgiveness and betrayal, and things that haunt you in your life, and how I believe that it’s the darkness in your life that ultimately shines and illuminates the greater light that you have upon you.”

She also admitted that she wrote the song to look back on a bad relationship, which was also the subject of “Bad Romance,” one of the tracks from her 2009 album “The Fame Monster.”

To all the harsh critics of Lady Gaga, De Guia said: “Don’t be so believing of your leaders. Understand what you’re protesting about. Read the lyrics of her songs carefully and see if there’s really anything evil about them.”

The Monday and Tuesday concerts mark Lady Gaga’s second visit to the Philippines. She first performed in Manila at Smart Araneta Coliseum in August 2009.

Originally posted: May 20, 2012 | 7:56 pm

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  • Shai

    When I read the lyrics to her song “Judas” (as provided by Sober_One here) Lady Gaga is talking about herself…she’s the Mary Magdalene, a sinner, in her song…Lady Gaga’s admittedly a lesbian or bisexual, right?  And “she’s born that way” …And she loves being lesbian (in the song she said she loves Judas)…but she also knew that that was wrong as she said in her song “something’s pulling me away from you, Jesus is my virtue”.  She’s actually torn between her love for being gay and her knowledge that it is against Jesus Christ’s teachings.

    • Juan

      A huge chunk of the world don’t believe  on  JC and The church says only those with clean hands can cast a stone. How will you see those who don’t agree on your perception? 

      • Shai

        Juan, it was not my perception…I was just trying to interpret Lady Gaga’s song Judas…can’t you see that?  Have you ever been to high school at all? LOL..,as early as high school we were taught how to paraphrase a poem (lyrics to a song are the same)…you don’t interpret a poem literally…same with lyrics…I made my own interpretation because somebody here said that in the Bible Mary Magdalene never loved Judas, she loved Jesus (not romantically)…but Gaga was not really talking about MMagdalene, but about herself…which explains the difference in the story in her song….It’s really hard to understand for people who don’t use their imagination.


    Lady Gaga is bad for our country.. she is promoting Beki lifestyle.  She is encouraging the youth to become bekis by calling them her “little monsters”

  • Juan

    she’s a graduate of convent of the sacred heart, she’s a catholic and we should support all catholic and praise god for her success.

    • Meekio

      Going to a Catholic school doesn’t make one a Catholic, any more than me hanging out in the garage makes me a car. 

      Similarly, merely going to Mass doesn’t make you a true Catholic if you live against Jesus’ teachings.

      • Juan

        it’s called sarcasm.

      • Meekio

        Just clarifying the readers. Who knows they might have believed it.

      • iamnobody

        it didn’t read like a sarcasm to me. well, meekio, i like the car-garage analogy! LOL

  • adminmycom

    Itong simbahang Katoliko, ang tumatanggap ng mga Pajero at Isuzu Alterra galing sa PAGCOR na siyang operator ng mga Casino sa Pilipinas. Hindi rin ito nagbabayad ng buwis, kahit ang pera nito ay nilalagay sa mga negosyo. Pugad pa ng mga pedophile.

    Sabi nga sa Bibliya: “Kayo ay mga hypocrite!”

    • Meekio

      So the way we argue with people now is to attack their character rather than discuss the issue itself? It is hard to listen to someone you dislike, and whatever they say is going to be false regardless whether it’s truthful.

      To think properly, we separate the information and the source of information.

      And aren’t we all hypocrites?

      • adminmycom

        Alam na ng lahat ang “issue”. But since these “religious” people are hypocrites, they do not have any credibility to preach about morality, or to protest about the moral choices of other people’s lives.

        Sabi nga sa Bibliya, why are you criticizing the speck on your brother’s eye? When you have a speck on your own eye??????

        At isa pa, bakit kailangan nilang PIGILAN yung mga gustong manood? Wala na bang freedom of choice ngayon?????

      • Meekio

        Please don’t judge the good priests because while they’re innocent, you have deemed them immoral and worthless.

        At pakita mo exactly paano pinipigilan ng mga pari ang mga manonood? Sa kanyang mga salita lamang? Magbigay ka ng pangalan ng isang tao na pinigilan nilang manood at hindi nakapanood. Please enlighten us.

  • Yugi

    I love Lady Gaga!

  • kishbuff

    Nag-enjoy nga sa concert ang mga ipokritong tao na nag-monitor sa concert! hahahaha. Ang galing daw, hahahaha! Pagpasensyahan na ang mga taong meron utak na paurong! di ba Rep Abante? O ikaw Arguelles, baka naman nakasimple ka, nanood ka din at nag-enjoy!!!! hahahaha! Nagpapanggap na mga moralista, e ang ipinagtatanggol naman e masahol pa sa anak ng demonyo, si gloria arroyo! diba atienza, makalintal, at ikaw arguelles?


    from another article:
    “I hope they’ll boycott the concert. It will not teach the young any value, especially Christian country like ours,” the Archbishop told reporters after the Supreme Court Mass which he officiated.“She is publicly blaspheming Christ.”Archbishop, pag may nakulong nang mga manyakis at mga pedopilyang pari, at pag wala nang bayaran na pari ng mga politiko, saka ka magsalita ng ganyan.

    • Meekio

      When you are holier than the holiest priest, saka ka magsalita ng ganyan… 


        meekio, what’s your stand on the issue? 

        i am not holy and I don’t proclaim to be holy as well. But i won’t stand by for hypocrisy either. Wala ka pa sigurong kamag-anak na inabuso ng pari, at sana hindi rin mangyari sa inyo.

        is there even a holy priest na tao? or a holiest priest for that matter? For Christians, if you are even one, that title goes to Jesus Christ alone. So kung ito ang premise mo, bawal nang magsalita kahit sino.

        You are too intent in defending the priesthood in this forum, when in fact there’s an existing morality issue in your ranks. Linisin mo muna ang bahay mo, bago ka makialam sa kalat ng iba. May naparusahan na bang abusadong pari?

      • Meekio

        The sexual abuse scandal is upsetting. We were all betrayed and they covered it up. These priest offenders crucify Christ again.

        Jesus chose Judas as one of the apostles. We don’t abandon the Church started by Christ through Peter because of Judas.. I don’t go to Mass to honor the priest. I don’t deny myself the sacraments especially communion. We need to pray, pray, pray for priests and for healing.

        There is clearly no excuse for the abuse of the innocent children. There should be more masses said for them and their family.

  • LB Leong

    There are priests that prey on young boys….  Paging Archbishop of Manila!!!

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