Sunday, May 27, 2012

Lady Gaga Indonesia concert cancelled over threats

Pop superstar Lady Gaga has cancelled her concert in Jakarta, Indonesia, citing security reasons, after protests by religious groups object her June 3 event as "too vulgar". Indonesia, although a secular state, is primarily a Muslim nation.

The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) had threatened to stop Lady Gaga on getting off the plane. The group called the singer a "devil's messenger" who wears only "bra and panties".

"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," FPI Jakarta chairman Habib Salim Alatas told AFP News. "Lady Gaga fans, stop complaining. Repent and stop worshipping the devil. Do you want your lives taken away by God as infidels?," he told.

On her Twitter account, Lady Gaga, hours before the announcement of cancellation, tweeted: "There is nothing holy about hatred."

Lady Gaga is on tour for her "Born This Way Ball Tour" concert. In South Korea, her concert was made as adult-only following protests from religious groups. In the Philippines, several groups and activists also conducted protests, but the singer's two-night concert still pushed through.

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