Lady Gaga’s Indonesia concert cancelled – organizers


Indonesian Islamic hardliners chanting "go to hell Lady Gaga" stage a protest outside the US embassy in Jakarta against US pop diva Lady Gaga's concert here. AFP PHOTO / OSCAR SIAGIAN

JAKARTA – Pop diva Lady Gaga’s show in Indonesia was cancelled Sunday, with the promoters saying the security threat was too serious after Islamic hardliners threatened “chaos” if she entered the Muslim nation.

“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,” he added.

Earlier this month, Jakarta police refused approval for the show after the hardline Islamic Defenders Front threatened violence if Lady Gaga performed, calling her a “devil’s messenger” who wears only a “bra and panties” on stage.

The promoters had indicated that a deal was being hammered out to tone down the star’s stage act, but her own management vowed no compromise to appease religious conservatives or censors.

Big Daddy president director Michael Rusli said it was “unfortunate” that the show, scheduled for June 3 in Jakarta, had to be called off.

“For the past few days we have communicated with the government and Lady Gaga’s side. The government has given support, but this is not about the permit,” he said. “The cancellation is really due to concerns over security.”

More than 50,000 tickets had been sold for the event, part of the singer’s “Born This Way Ball” tour, and Rusli said Big Daddy had been unable to find an alternative venue.

“This is a huge concert so it can’t be moved elsewhere. Nowhere else in Indonesia can accommodate that many people,” he said.

He insisted that the 26-year-old US singer was “prepared to adapt to Asian culture”.

But the star’s manager Troy Carter said in Singapore on Thursday that Lady Gaga, who has faced protests from Christian groups at her shows in the Philippines and South Korea, would not tone down any of her concerts.

Ninety percent of Indonesia’s 240 million people identify themselves as Muslim, making it the world’s largest Islamic-majority nation.

In the past, pop stars including Beyonce and the Pussycat Dolls have been allowed to perform in the country on condition they wore more conservative dress than usual.

Lady Gaga is scheduled to play three shows in Singapore this week. She was due to play in Jakarta after that, before flying to New Zealand and Australia, and then to Europe.

Originally posted at 12:33 pm | Sunday, May 27, 2012

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  • akramgolteb

    O kita ninyo, It is more fun talaga sa Philippines, natuloy ang concert ni Gaga! Siya nga pala, habang nandito si Gaga, meron bang nagbulong manlang sa kanya kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng pangalan niya sa ating linguahe?

    • Fight D Bigots

      the word gaga is french in origin.  in the english language today it also means 
       silly, crazy.

      • jclarendo

        Kaya mga pinoy mga GAGA for admiring gagas and gagos kasi backward pa ang civilization ng RPI . Back to the old civilization. Pagnakakita ng maputing hita at mapintog na dibdib plus maskarodng mukha na gaya nina Pia Guanio, Paulina Luna nagkandahirit na sa paghanga. Tignan niyo sa Alma Moreno kakandidato para senador labas yon dahil sa may hita, boobs at retukadong mukha. Kaya nagkakandaluko-luko ang congress natin dahil dito. Pag si Vic Sotto naging mayor ng QC dalawa at mahigit pa ang first lady ng QC. Sina Pia Guanio-Magno,Paulina Luna at iba pa. Wawang Pinas buti na lang Kano na ako pero I still pity the Noypi Pinoy pa rin  ako by heart

      • xxxriainxxx

        With that kind of incoherent rambling, I am glad you are no longer Filipino. One less ignorant fool the country needs to worry about.

    • efriend

      Her best friends are gay Fil-Ams.  They coined that word.

  • Retsameht

    Hay mga Pelepeno talagaga…

  • Fight D Bigots

    This shows that the Philippines has a functioning democracy. Those Filipinos, who for religious reasons are opposed to Lady Gaga, could mount a peaceful protest or file charges before the courts but never to make threats of chaos.

  • Phil

    Each country has their own limitations considering Indonesia being the most Muslim populated country in the world and so if they think it is against their religious belief then they have all the rights and shall be respected.

  • Aiko Ito

    When in Rome act like the Romans, when in Indonesia act like Indonesians.  If it is good for Indonesians not to let her perform, so be it.  They will survive.

  • Mang Teban

    For her sake, Lady Gaga has been disallowed to perform in Jakarta.
    The threat of physical harm may have been so real that police had recommended its cancellation.
    It should also serve as a reminder for foreign artists who think that they can do their act anywhere.

    But, I suppose our country has become so tolerant with performers who expect that Filipinos are extra-hospitable and open-minded. On the contrary, most of Pinoy fans of foreign artists are simply obsessed with the idea to copy/imitate what is “hot” and spend hard-earned money, borrowed money for expensive concert tickets and more for attire and gear.

    In short, some Pinoys are SUCKERS and CARELESS with their money. When Lady Gaga disintegrates from popularity and fans go after a newer sensation, some Pinoys go through the same routine and never learn from a previous experience.

    Perhaps, that is not the case with Indonesians. A few of them are beginning to get curious and are starting to be infected by the virus of “idol worship” of foreign artists making waves with the help of the billion-dollar music video industry.

    • Jose

      You continue to trumpet your ignorance.

      This isn’t about ‘idol worship’ of foreign artists, this about some loudmouth extremists getting all offended at a woman wearing less than they think is proper onstage.  In short, it’s about the religious trying to impose their views on everyone else, as they did here as well.  Neither Indonesia nor the Philippines are theocracies, so given that Lady Gaga’s show didn’t (as far as I know) infringe ANY public decency laws, there really was no justification for the protests beyond some old out of touch mullahs / priests wanting to force their beliefs on everyone.

      Granted, the problem is worse in Indonesia, but frankly the Philippines is catching up.

  • Jose

    And Indonesia continues it’s slide into fundamentalism.  Sad to see from what was once a proud, secular nation that embraced all faiths.

  • Ketchup Mag

    it’s not her loss…

  • Mananandata69

    The courage of the Indonesian government is  admirable compared to the Phil . gov’t who remain a bystander or ignore the call regarding this issue. It’s not a question of religion. It’s the question of decency. South Korea is not a Muslim nor Christian. But she succeeded in not allowing LG to perform

    • efriend

      Decency?  Yeah right!  Too much 69 has affected your (in)decency. I think you need a mirror on your next birthday.  Religion has no place in a legitimate entertainment business especially in a democratic society (daw).  Did you hear of the Vatileaks? Yay, I can’t wait for our very own CBCPLeaks while Lady Gaga sings the Judas song! The Mitsubishops exposure was a good start.

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    • raffyb0i

      It’s a question of security not decency….I don’t listen to lady gaga at all…but I respect anyone who can freely speak their mind off. 

    • xxxriainxxx

      South Korea is now the second sender of missionaries outside of the United States. If you have been to Korea, you will know that Christian radicals now rule the day. You should think twice about posting nonsense and things you know nothing about. What is appalling is your obvious ignorance. 

      • man_1145

        And also, South Koreans is now the top foreign tourists in the Philippines, Americans is now a second. It’s all because the K-pop craze in the Phliippines.

    • man_1145

      Yup, Philippines and Indonesia are also neighboring countries but different religions and different cultures and others (such as slum areas, which is the same).

  • anu12345

    Religion telling you what to do. Not good.

    But as to Lady Gaga’s comment that she’s not creature of our government, that will be arrogance v. arrogance – very bad.

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