Philippines: Protests greet Lady Gaga

2012-05-19 22:49
Manila - Pop singer Lady Gaga arrived in the Philippines on Saturday to cheers from fans and protests from young Christians calling for the cancellation of her upcoming concerts.

About 200 Christian young people marched in Manila for a second straight day, holding placards urging the singer to "respect our faith, stop the blasphemy".

The Biblemode Youth Philippines members plan to hold a vigil starting on Sunday near the concert venue. They said they are offended by Lady Gaga's music, particularly her song Judas, which they said mocks Jesus Christ.

But throngs of shrieking, camera-toting fans mobbed her, seeking her autograph as she walked into her hotel surrounded by bodyguards. She arrived in Manila late on Saturday on a private jet.

Authorities in the conservative, majority Roman Catholic country approved the concerts, set for Monday and Tuesday, but said they won't allow nudity or lewd acts.

Sold-out crowds and angry protests have followed Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" Asian tour.

Distorted view


Fans younger than 18-years-old were banned from concerts in South Korea over complaints her lyrics and costumes were too provocative, and she was denied a concert permit in Indonesia by police under pressure from Islamic hard-liners.

Riot police stopped Saturday's marchers about a kilometre away from the concert venue. Phalanxes of security guards stood on alert in front of the arena.

"She declared a distorted view toward Jesus Christ and for us Biblical Christians it is offensive," said Ruben Abante, a protest leader. "Her music and everything about her is different from what our values are."

Organisers from Ovation Productions said they respect the beliefs of critics but promised that the performances "will not pose a threat to their sense of morality and conduct".

Under Philippine law, people who offend race or religion can be sentenced to up to six years in prison, although no one has been convicted recently.

Comments

  • Heinrich - 2012-05-20 00:24

    And we wonder why the world is in such a mess!!!

  • zaatheist - 2012-05-20 05:15

    About 200 Christian young people marched in Manila for a second straight day, holding placards urging the singer to "respect our faith, stop the blasphemy". Catholics no doubt. Pity they are not protesting something constructive, like their celibate clergy raping children, contraception, women's rights, etc. 200 of 98 million people. Pathetic. What they are terrified of is that the youth of today finds a lot more in entertainment than bronze age mythology and non-existent gods.

      Mauritz Venter - 2012-05-20 18:11

      Pls zaatheist! The bile you spew on these pages are getting old...

  • Yar - 2012-05-20 08:18

    The woman is wierd, dumb and plug ugly. If for no other reason, she should be banned from appearing in public because she makes the place look untidy.

      atholl.hay - 2012-05-20 09:10

      The correct spelling is WEIRD ...

      Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-05-20 11:33

      isn't music some form of art. hypocrites!!

  • Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-05-20 11:28

    The women is a satanist

      atholl.hay - 2012-05-20 12:14

      She's admitted to this? Or is this just your opinion of stuff you simply don't understand ....?

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-05-20 16:56

      What don't I understand Athol? It's right in front of you. Why don't u read the words to her song judas first of all it's pretty dark and evil if you ask me. Never mind all the symbology in her music videos which you can research very easily to get proof. She even wears the goats horns otherwise known as baphomet ( half man half goat) in her concerts and at various events. And there was the hotel she stayed at were staff found her bath filled with blood and candles all around. It's pretty obvious if you ask me. The women is dark and twisted.

      atholl.hay - 2012-05-21 13:16

      Okay Dylan I've searched for proof... The innocuous lyrics of Judas could certainly be interpreted as blasphemous, but blasphemy is not the same as satanism. As for the symbolism (the word symbology doesn't exist): the ancient Greek god Pan was the half man half goat god of nature, and you don't honestly believe that nonsense about a bath full of blood do you? What kind of blood was it and how did she get a whole bath full into a hotel?! ha ha What she does is known as art - freedom of expression is the basis of any civilized society (see current debate on Zuma's portrait). All this reminds me of people in the 70's claiming if you played one of Queen's albums backwards it said "God is dead"! *yawn* PS She would be the first to admit her work is "dark and twisted", but I find her a lot more talented, interesting and original than Justin Bieber...

      jennifer.vanschalkwyk.7 - 2012-11-29 14:01

      atholl.hay ...If you're a Satanist; the first thing you do is blasphemy God. That is your main practice. Everything in their "new recently made" little book by Anton Lavey is in contrast to the bible, specifically. Second of all. Satanism comes from way back. Way back, people didn't call it "Satanism" but "Baal worship" etc. Satan hid himself through all the ages but through "self-expressionism", "freedom of expression" and "rebellion", he now surfaces and are boldly expressed through artists, media, you name it. Children are taught to follow their own will and idols (people who worship a person/persons), to rebel and not be of "old" or be like the respective parents. Don't know if you've noticed? Alot of music is about "New age", "New world" and movies.."break rules, be cool and smart....break em'". "Freedom of expression"..hmm. It must have it's limits. To mock, kill or hurt..that should not be allowed. Symbolism can be used for many things, brainwashing is part of it. Ever noticed alot of movies you see the "eye of horus" and many illuminati, freemason signs? Everything is carefully laid out so that you'd accept changes and events more easily in the future. Using signs repetitively in movies is not coincidental or just to represent an ancient religion. There's an agenda. People just fall with it unknowingly.

  • teevinkytercia.phala - 2012-11-08 19:33

    Ths lady must nt cme here,ppl that say she must cme here in south africa are lackn knowledge *actualy she is blinded by darkness God is the one hu no her nd He is da one hu cn change her*da devil u are liar*

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