Don't know if anyone has been following the developments, but I am so mad about the Lady Gaga concert in Indonesia. I don't even...[Lady Gaga apologized over the weekend to her fans in Indonesia after a sold-out concert she planned to perform in Jakarta was canceled amid threats of protests and violence from Islamic hard-liners, The Associated Press reported.
The concert, which was scheduled to be held this coming Sunday at Jakarta’s 52,000-seat Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, had elicited the ire of fundamentalist Muslim groups including the Islamic Defenders Front, which said that Indonesian youth would be corrupted by Lady Gaga’s costumes and dance moves. Some who objected to the performance said they planned to protest the singer’s arrival at the airport while others said they had bought tickets to the concert so they could stir up trouble inside the stadium. Indonesia, the fourth-most populous country in the world, has more Muslims than any other nation.
Lady Gaga had previously alerted her Twitter followers that the problems facing the concert were twofold: “Indonesian authorities demand I censor the show & religious extremist separately, are threatening violence.” But on Sunday she wrote that the show had been canceled entirely.
“I will try to put together something special for you,” Lady Gaga wrote on Twitter. “My love for Indonesia has only grown.”
The Indonesian police said they would not issue permits for the concert because of security concerns, but some prospective concertgoers accused the authorities of caving into threats from a religious minority group.
“This only shows to the world how weak security forces are in this country, how police are afraid of a bunch of hard-liners,” Johnny Purba, a 25-year-old fan, told The A.P. “Gaga’s two-hour show will not hurt Indonesian Muslims. For God’s sake, she is not a terrorist!”] - New York Times
[JAKARTA - The decision by Lady Gaga's management to cancel her planned June 3 concert reflects a government that is weak in the face of intolerant political groups, according to human rights watchdog group the Setara Institute.
"The authority of the state should have led to freedom of expression and guaranteed security. These are rights guaranteed in our constitution and in our laws," Setara Institute chairman Hendardi said on Sunday.
Local promoter Big Daddy Entertainment officially announced that Gaga's management had cancelled her performance in the capital due to "security concerns".
Hard-line groups such as the Islamic People's Forum (FUI) and the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) have condemned the Grammy-award winning pop star for allegedly indulging in "pornography" and promoting "satanic values".
The FPI even threatened to send its members to intercept Gaga at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to prevent her from setting foot in the country.
"It's clear that the promoter's decision to cancel the concert was a result of pressure and threats," Hendardi said.
"The tug of war from this [concert] permit acquisition demonstrates that this isn't just a technical matter about the law, but rather has become a political issue that will highly benefit the groups that are controlling it," he added.
Similarly, another critic says that the cancelation of Lady Gaga's concert could lead to negative international perceptions on Indonesia's ability to be a democratic country that guarantees freedom of expression and multiculturalism.
"The world community may still see that Indonesia is a democratic country despite the outcome of this Lady Gaga incident, but they will see the country as one where freedom of expression and different opinions are hampered," Otho Hernowo Hadi, a University of Indonesia social science and politics professor told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.
"It may even be possible that the handling of this controversy could lower Indonesia's democracy index."
The public could also lose trust in the police, Otho said.
"I am certain that strong pressure from minority groups had an indirect influence on the police's decisions throughout this controversy, even if they won't admit it," he said.
Whatever the motive of the police, Otho said that the outcome of this controversy is "a defeat for security".
"The public will see that the state is bowing down to these little groups, and it will set a bad precedent on freedom of expression. It could be that people will be afraid to freely express themselves unless they do so according to the limitations set by these little groups," Otho said.
Separately, an official at the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry said that his office respected the decision of US diva Lady Gaga's management to cancel her show in Jakarta, but denied that the cancellation would prompt other foreign performers to follow suit.
The ministry's director general for cultural value, arts and film, Ukus Kuswara, told The Jakarta Post on Sunday that the ministry considered the decision made by Gaga's management the best solution under the circumstances.
"I believe that Indonesia will remain an interesting destination for international musicians as well as a potential market for them. In the future, we will have to improve communication between relevant parties," he added.
The ministry previously endorsed Gaga's performance, citing that the Grammy-award singer would boost tourism in the country.
Ministry data show that around 12,000 foreign tourists from Australia, the Philippines and other ASEAN and Middle Eastern countries had bought tickets to the concert and had booked rooms in three- and four-star hotels in Jakarta.
The singer was scheduled to perform at Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on June 3.
However, local promoter Big Daddy Entertainment said in a press conference on Sunday morning that Gaga's management had decided to cancel her gig in Jakarta, citing "security reasons" amid a hostile response from several hard-line groups in the country.
A total of 52,000 tickets, with prices ranging from Rp 465,000 (S$64.12) to Rp 2.25 million, have already been sold since tickets sales opened on March 10.] - AsiaOne
Those poor Little Monsters. I hope that whatever Lady Gaga does for them, it's going to make-up 10 fold. She should totally fly/bus/boat all 50,000 of them to another location.