Lady Gaga won’t be playing in Indonesia. The pop singer canceled her Indonesian show after receiving several violent threats.
Minola Sebayang, a lawyer for concert promoter Big Daddy, said:
“With threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga’s side is calling off the concert… This is not only about Lady Gaga’s security, but extends to those who will be watching her.”
Several groups, including the Islamic Defenders Front, have been protesting Lady Gaga over her risque attire and inappropriate stage show. The group said that it purchased several tickets so that they could hold a demonstration at the show and force Gaga off stage.
Murhali Barda, a spokesman for the Islamic Defenders Front, said:
“We have gotten Lady Gaga tickets, not to watch but for us to enter…. Our target is to stop the concert. We would force them off the stage but not harm the audience.
Gaga’s world tour has been marred by protests. Shows in South Korea were restricted to an 18 and over crowd and the show in Jakarta was initially cancelled by the government. It was later decided that Gaga would be able to play if she agreed to tone down the show. Gaga, however, refused, and the IDF decided to purchase tickets to the show in order to force its cancellation.
Salim Alatas, a leader of the Islamic Defenders Front, said:
“This is a victory for Indonesian Muslims. Thanks to God for protecting us from a kind of devil.”
USA Today reports that the Jakarta show would have been the biggest show of Lady Gaga’s Asian tour as 52,000 tickets were sold (some to protesters). All tickets will be fully refunded.