Lady Gaga meets Thai 'lady boys,' stirs up more drama
The Asian leg of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way Ball" tour has continued to be action-packed.
Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, attended Thailand's premiere drag show at the Calypso Cabaret in Bangkok on Wednesday night and cheered on the busty "lady boys" as they performed Broadway show tunes.
"A million people have to pay to see a Gaga concert, but Gaga paid to see our show!" cabaret manager Nipon Boonmasuwan told the Thairath newspaper on Friday, according to the Associated Press.
Following the show, the pop star greeted the dancers and gave away six tickets to her show on Friday, May 25. She Tweeted of the performance, "I'm so excited to perform tonight. I saw the most amazing show in Bangkok, time for you to see mine ladies! This city is one of my favorites."
But the singer's visit to Thailand was not without controversy, Gaga drew criticism from fans after Tweeting about buying a fake Rolex watch. Local fans angrily noted that there is much more to the city than counterfeit products and some threatened to boycott her performance.
"I just landed in Bangkok baby! Ready for 50,000 screaming Thai monsters. I wanna get lost in a lady market and buy fake Rolex," Gaga had Tweeted.
It is still unclear whether Lady Gaga will perform in Jakarta on June 3. The sold-out Indonesian concert was cancelled due to threats from Islamic hard-liners.
In addition to the threats, conservative lawmakers also said that the singer's provocative costumes and "vulgar" style could corrupt the nation's youth in the predominantly Muslim country. Despite the Indonesia stop being the biggest show on the Asian leg of her Born This Way Ball tour, Lady Gaga was denied a permit to perform.
"The Jakarta situation is 2-fold: Indonesian authorities demand I censor the show & religious extremist separately, are threatening violence," Gaga Tweeted on May 21.
The 26-year-old pop star added later, "If the show does go on as scheduled, I will perform the BTWBall alone."
The singer's manager Troy Carter told the Straits Times in Singapore on Friday that if the show does go on, Lady Gaga does not plan to censor her performance.
"We play the show as it is, it's a very specific show to a very specific audience," Carter told the Straits Times newspaper. "Truth be told, she's not up there nude, she's not doing anything provocative for the sake of being provocative."
Indonesian fans have shown support for the singer on Twitter. Tickets for the concert, which was to be held in Jakarta's 80,000 seat capacity Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, sold out quickly, with half being sold in the first two hours.
Lady Gaga also met opposition in the Philippines, where conservative lawmakers and Christian protestors called for a boycott or cancellation of her two concerts, but the shows went on without a hitch.
"And don't worry, if I get thrown in jail in Manila, Beyonce will just bail me out," Gaga joked before the shows. "Sold out night 2 in the Philippines. I love it here!"