Sunday, May 27, 2012

Lady Gaga cancels "Born This Way Ball" concert in Indonesia

For those of you who didn't know, Lady Gaga began her "Born This Way Ball" Tour, her second world concert tour, in Asia exactly one month ago today.  She's already played dates in Seoul, South Korea, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Tokyo, and she'll be heading to Australia and New Zealand next month after a stop in Singapore tomorrow night.  There would have been one more show in southeast Asia on June 3rd, but earlier today, amidst security concerns, the singer cancelled her upcoming show in Indonesia.

During the short run of the tour, Gaga has been met with resistance at seemingly every turn, with social conservatives protesting, deeming her shows too racy for their youth to witness.  Until now, though, all of the shows have gone on as planned and have gotten good reviews.  This time though, threats from a Muslim extremist group were deemed serious enough to make her cancel the show, much to the disappointment of the fans that would have witnessed the sold-out concert.

Though Indonesia is a model country for showing that a democracy can exist in a Muslim country, there still exists an element of extremism that casts a shadow over the religion.  The threats came about under claims that Gaga's "sexy clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt the youth" of the country.  Sounds like the same claims over Elvis Presley concerts back in the 50's, doesn't it?

Unfortunately in the end, Lady Gaga relented in cancelling the show out of concern for the safety of her fans. That's too bad for them!  To read more on this story, check out the Associated Press right here, and to check out the rest of Gaga's current leg of her world tour, see Billboard right here.

In the meantime, check out a performance of "Born This Way" in the Philippines earlier this month:

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