Lady Gaga was supposed to perform in Indonesia this coming Sunday, but she canceled it over the weekend over security concerns. Local Muslim groups had been protesting the concert and vaguely threatened “chaos” if she went through with it. They called Lady Gaga a “devil’s messenger” who put on “pornographic” shows that would “destroy the country’s morals. The protesters also threatened to mob the airport when she arrived, and said they obtained tickets to the show, so they could wreak havoc from inside.
A “spokesman” for one of the groups said, ”We have gotten Lady Gaga tickets not to watch but for us to enter and our target is to stop the concert we would force them off the stage but not harm the audience.”
The show was sold out, and a crowd of over 52,000 was expected. Lady Gaga posted this apology on Twitter: saying, “There is nothing holy about hatred, I’m so very sorry to the fans and just as devastated as you if not more I’ll try to put together something special for you. My love for Indonesia has only grown.”
For what it’s worth, she offered to “tone down” her act to the point where the concert would just be her alone on the stage, but apparently, that wasn’t enough to satisfy the protesters.
It’s unclear if Lady Gaga could’ve gone through with the show even if she wanted to. Last week, we heard that the Indonesian police refused to issue a permit for the show, over their own security concerns.