Lady Gaga vows to go on with Indonesia concert, following threats
Lady Gaga's sold-out concert in Indonesia was cancelled due to threats from Islamic hard-liners, but the pop singer hinted that the show might go on.
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."
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!"
In April, Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, made headlines after Tweeting "Pop Stars Don't Eat," while discussing her lunch of a salad instead of the cheeseburger she actually wanted.
The pop star, has admitted to struggling with an eating disorder in the past but at a recent young women's conference, told the young girls that "the dieting wars have to stop," encouraging young girls to accept themselves.