Lady Gaga cancels concert over threats

2012-05-27 17:15

Jakarta - Pop diva Lady Gaga on Sunday cancelled her Indonesian concert with promoters saying the security threat was too serious after Islamic hardliners promised "chaos" if she entered the Muslim nation.

The promoters had indicated that a deal was being hammered out to tone down the 3 June concert in Jakarta, but the US star's management stood firm, vowing there would be no compromise to appease religious conservatives.

"We had to cancel the concert in Indonesia," Lady Gaga confirmed on Twitter, where she has nearly 25 million followers, more than anyone else on the social networking site.

"I'm so very sorry to the fans & just as devastated as you if not more. You are everything to me."

The flamboyant performer, known for her outrageous outfits and wigs, had been bombarded with Twitter pleas to reconsider after Minola Sebayang, lawyer for promoters Big Daddy, told reporters Lady Gaga would not be coming.

"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," said Sebayang.

"This is not only about Lady Gaga's security, but extends to those who will be watching her."

'Devil's messenger'

Earlier this month, Jakarta police refused approval for the show after the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) threatened violence if Lady Gaga performed, calling her a "devil's messenger" who wears only a "bra and panties".

Big Daddy president director Michael Rusli said it was "unfortunate" that the show, part of Lady Gaga's tour of Asia that drew protests from Christian groups in the Philippines and South Korea, 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 at the Bung Karno Stadium, but FPI Jakarta chair Habib Salim Alatas said the cancellation was "good news" for Muslims in Indonesia.

"FPI is grateful that she has decided not to come. Indonesians will be protected from sin brought about by this Mother Monster, the destroyer of morals," he told AFP.

"Lady Gaga fans, stop complaining. Repent and stop worshipping the devil. Do you want your lives taken away by God as infidels?"

The FPI claims seven million followers and has been known to raid pubs and clubs.

Moral values

Conservative Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali welcomed the cancellation, saying other groups had also raised concerns.

"I strongly believe this cancellation will benefit the country. Indonesians need entertainment and art which have moral values," he told reporters.

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 on her Born This Way Ball tour.

Indonesian fans had suggested that Big Daddy look for another venue outside the capital after Jakarta police refused to give approval, but Rusli said "this is a huge concert so it can't be moved elsewhere".

"Nowhere else in Indonesia can accommodate that many people", he said, insisting that the 26-year-old singer was "prepared to adapt to Asian culture".

Disappointed student Agus Murdadi, 17, said he had been waiting for months to see his idol.

"I'm shocked. She's creative, not provocative. I bought a ticket because I want to see her dancing and singing 'Judas' in front of me," he told AFP.

'Little monsters'

"I'm going to tweet to her to tell her that she should just come and not worry. The police can take care of FPI. I hate the FPI."

To the thousands of fans - known as "little monsters" - who begged her on Twitter to come to Indonesia, Lady Gaga replied: "I will try to put together something special for you.

"My love for Indonesia has only grown. #GagaSendsLoveToJakarta and all its people."

Ninety percent of Indonesia's 240 million people identify themselves as Muslim, making it the world's largest Islamic-majority nation, but the vast majority practise a moderate form of the religion.

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.


  • banie.joubert - 2012-05-27 17:43

    A pity. Musicians have been called Satanists and Devil worshipers since Elvis and the Beatles. It is just as much nonsense now like it was 50 years ago. And the real people loosing out are her fans who wanted to see her in concert.

      Omo - 2012-05-27 18:34

      You should do some research before assuming you know everything.The music industry has been infiltrated by the Illuminati and Free masons for years and Lady gaga is a member just like Madonna is a priestess of Jewish Kabala.I suggest you read the following books : the grand chessboard , bloodlines of the Illuminati and Codex Magica. The music videos of lady gaga feature several Illuminati signs and logos,just watch it and see them for yourself.Her famous "one eye covered" pose is a sign of the Illuminati.Do some research in your spare time and the truth will be revealed to you.

      banie.joubert - 2012-05-27 22:53

      omonaija, research is reading books based on facts, not wild conspiracy theories. The people who write these kind of books are either crazy, jealous of the artists success, or do so to make money from it. If there really is an Illuminati controlling the world, why don't they kill these writers seeking to "expose the truth" and stop their books before they are printed. After all, they are suppose to be the "All powerful Illuminati who can do anything they want to do."

      Tax - 2012-05-28 10:22

      Not sure if we should refer to a pop singer as a musician...

      Lanfear Mierin - 2013-09-05 09:32

      @ omonaija - oh dear, another conspiracy theory nut. I've read some of those books you mention, and others, and its mostly fantasy.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-27 17:47

    lol and we think we have it bad...

  • Jim Jam - 2012-05-27 18:25


  • Sonwabile Spayidile - 2012-05-27 18:28

    lol at how@ big daddy he is determined that Gaga will perform regardless of the threats by mostly muslim community, ts so sad really if beyonce and PSD were allowed to perform in Indonesia on provided they wore the so called conservative dresses,seemingly gaga is biggest devil of them all, bcoz no conditions are set for her and the country is united against her perfomances, my biggest q, why these artists who alleged to be devil's messengers barely comment on these allegations instead they conveying their pathetic love for their fans, is big daddy so determined not to compromise than accepting the conditions of the government, does this suggest Gaga is indeed a a Devil's messenger and can't compromise either?

      Omo - 2012-05-27 18:42

      Dude i take it you are a hip hop head,i am also a hip hop head but there are lot of funny stuff going on and you need to be aware before you lose your soul.Hip hop today conveys messages of violence,drugs and promiscuity.In the old days hip hop was about the struggle of blacks for freedom.I can see you are young and probably don't know who Public enemy is,they were one of the first hip hop groups ever.Listen to what one of their former members have to say about what is going on in the hip hop world today :

  • Mikkel - 2012-05-27 18:50

    calling her a "devil's messenger" who wears only a "bra and panties" - That is not far from the truth.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-05-27 19:48

    we dont want you here in South Africa spreading evil

  • Desiree Rowe - 2012-05-27 20:11

    I grew up with this Satanist nonsense, and people took it too far then. Why don't we just call it for what it is, Talentless while being clever about using sex too sell she wanted, doesn't make you a Satanist, but it does putt into question a persons social responisbility, she wanted fame, fortune well some degree of social responsibilty comes with it. And draging young girls into the mire of bad eating habits and sexual habits is not a social responsibility and its the same ones we should all be faced with regardless of who you are and where you come from.

  • Preshen - 2012-05-28 08:30

    Will love to poke her face

  • damonsb - 2012-05-28 09:27

    If my baby cries out goo goo gaga...,i`ll take that as an insult.Her music suck and she has no-respect for her own body

  • Mike - 2012-05-28 11:21

    The religion of peace strikes again

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