The bisexual pop sensation and LGBTI rights activist, Lady Gaga, has decided to cancel the Indonesian leg of her most recent tour after receiving threats of ‘chaos’ if she were to enter the world’s most populous Muslim country.
In a statement issued to the press, Minola Sebayang, lawyer for the singer’s promoters, Big Daddy, said: ‘Lady Gaga’s management has considered the situation minute to minute, and 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.’
It has been clear for a while now that there would be heavy opposition towards Lady Gaga if she decided to perform. Earlier this month the hardline Islamic Defenders Front threatened violence and branded her as a ‘devil’s messenger’ who only wears a ‘bra and panties’ on stage.
The Jakarta police even refused to publicly approve the show after this statement was released, and protesters young and old have been seen brandishing posters with the words ‘Lady Gaga. Queen of demon. Lady Gaga. Invite you to hell’.
Michael Rusli, president of Big Daddy, said it was ‘fortunate’ Lady Gaga and her team had decided to pull the show.
‘For the past few days we have communicated with the government and Lady Gaga’s side. The government has given support, but this is not about the permit. The cancellation is really due to concerns over security.’
So far there has been no official statement from the singer herself, however she took to Twitter 23 hours ago with the words ‘there is nothing holy about hatred’ potentially referring to these recent revelations from Indonesia.
UPDATE: Gaga has confirmed via her Twitter that she has had to cancel.
She said: ‘We had to cancel the concert in Indonesia. I’m so very sorry to the fans & just as devastated as you if not more. 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.’