Lady Gaga cancels Indonesia show over violent threats
Despite hints earlier in the week that Lady Gaga intended to continue her concert in Indonesia despite threats of violence and protests, the singer officially announced on May 27, that she has canceled her June 3 show in Jakarta.
"We had to cancel the concert in Indonesia. I'm so very sorry to the fans & just as devastated as you if not more," The singer wrote in a statement on her official Facebook page. "You are everything to me. I will try to put together something special for you. My love for Indonesia has only grown. #GagaSendsLoveToJakarta and all its people."
The threats came from Islamist hard-liners who threatened violence because of Gaga's provocative image. They claimed her scantily clad wardrobe and provocative dance moves would corrupt the country's youth.
"There is nothing Holy about hatred," Gaga Tweeted on May 26.
The concert was a sold-out show and according to the Associated Press, the promoter is offering full refunds to fans. The tour stop had been on-again-off-again since it was initially announced.
"It's unfortunate," Minola Sebayang, a lawyer for Big Daddy, the promoter of the June 3 show told the wire service. "But with threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga's side is calling it off. This is not only about Lady Gaga's security, but extends to those who will be watching her."
A small Muslim extremist fringe was the most vocal opponent of the 26-year-old's appearance in the country. The most notorious group, Islamic Defenders Front, called the pop star a "messenger of the devil" and vowed to turn out at the airport by the thousands if she tried to step off the plane. Others said they bought tickets so they could wreak havoc from inside the 52,000-seat stadium in the capital, Jakarta.
Police in the city also tried to block the singer's show by denying the necessary permits. However, after public outcry, they reportedly said they'd reconsider if Lady Gaga agreed to tone down her act.
The Indonesia stop was going to be the biggest show on the Asian leg of her Born This Way Ball tour.