Lady GaGa was scheduled to perform in Indonesia on June 3rd at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium to a sold-out crowd of 52,000, but she has made the difficult decision to cancel the show, after threats of violence were made towards the singer. The decision was made, not only to protect the singer, but also those who would be watching her.
Rolling Stone Magazine reports that a group calling themselves the Islamic Defenders Front has claimed that its supporters had bought tickets to the show and planned to stop the performance from within the venue. They also said that thousands of protesters would confront Lady Gaga at the airport if she entered the country. The group planned to deploy 30,000 of their members to physically prevent GaGa from even getting off the plane. This group calls GaGa “a messenger of the devil.”
The singer was trying to get the necessary permits to allow the show to go on, but officials would only issue the permits if the singer toned down her act. She declined to do so.
Tickets for the cancelled show will be fully refunded. One of GaGa’s fans said, ”This only shows to the world how weak security forces are in this country, how police are afraid of a bunch of hard-liners”. Gaga’s two-hour show will not hurt Indonesian Muslims. For God’s sake, she is not a terrorist!”
GaGa issued the following statement, via Twitter and her website, “I will try to put together something special for you. My love for Indonesia has only grown.#GAGASENDSLOVETOJAKARTA and all its people.”
The rest of Lady GaGa’s Born This Way Ball still looks to be charging ahead without a hitch. For details on tour dates, tickets, or all the latest GaGa news, visit her official website.