A few months ago, we saw Erykah Badu cancel a concert in Malaysia due to backlash against a promotional picture in which the word Allah appeared to be tattooed across her chest, but this is child’s play in regards to what happened to Lady Gaga‘s slated show in Indonesia, which was announced canceled yesterday, May 27th, 2012.
Indonesian police refused to issue the pop star a permit to play the 6/3/2012 Jakarta show after extreme backlash from the conservative muslim communities who threatened to target Lady Gaga in however they could to stop the show from taking place.
50,000 tickets had been purchased for the event. Apparently, 150 of those tickets were announced by Hardline group Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) as being purchased. In a statement on the organization’s Facebook account, they posted a picture and proclaimed “We have gotten Lady Gaga tickets, not to watch [the concert] but for us to enter. Whatever will be will be, we’re ready for the risk.” They also called her “Devil’s messenger” who only wears a “bra and panties”.
On top of this, protests aimed to stop the performance were also staged and followed through with. Videos of signs proclaiming “go to hell, Lady Gaga” can be seen via Yahoo!’s coverage.
Upon cancelation, Habib Salim Alatas, the group’s FPI Jakarta chairman, stated that the cancellation was “good news” for Indonesia’s Muslims.
Gaga’s stance? She took to twitter, where she has the most followers out of any one on the social media website. First to say, “There is nothing Holy about hatred.” Then, “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.”
Well said and an extremely unfortunate blow to have to cancel because of this sort of situation.
View announced venues and purchase tickets to the Born This Way Ball here.