Lady Gaga has canceled her Jakartan concert after Muslim extremists threatened violence, claiming her provocative outfits will corrupt youth.
The extremist group known as the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) allegedly bought over 150 tickets to the show as well as threatened to ambush Gaga if she tried to get off the plane.
Gaga took to Twitter to let her little monster fans in Indonesia know that the concert to be held on June 3 will now not go ahead:
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— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 27, 2012
I will try to put together something special for you. My love for Indonesia has only grown. #GagaSendsLoveToJakarta and all its people.— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 27, 2012
Salim Alatas, one of the leaders of the religious group protesting against Gaga, is triumphant. “This is a victory for Indonesian Muslims… Thanks to God for protecting us from a kind of devil.”
Police refused to issue a permit for more security after safety risks escalated and offered an ultimatum to Lady Gaga – ‘tone down the show’ – but Gaga didn’t bite.
A full refund will be issued to the disappointed ‘Little Monsters’ but fans are outraged at the influence of the extremist group and the Indonesian police for not doing more.
Gaga fan Johnny Purba says: “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!”
Indonesia has been hailed as a country where democracy and Islam can co-exist, but the FPI and other similar groups have become increasingly influential over the last few years, invoking violence against Christians and the gay community.
But Gaga has a different message: “There is nothing Holy about hatred.”