Lady Gaga is no stranger to controversy.
The Asian tour of Gaga’s Born This Way Ball has generated massive amounts of publicity and protests, including protest of local law enforcement officials.
“Our proposal is based on the opinions of Muslim groups who believe that her stage act is not compatible with the culture of our country because we are Muslim,” said Rikwanto to the Wall Street Journal, a spokesperson for the Jakarta Metropolitan Police. “Have you seen her videos? She exposed too much of her skin.”
The Jakarta concert, scheduled for June 3, is already sold out. However, the Jakarta police indicated that the show could be cancelled because of the outcry from conservative Muslims and activist groups, said a police spokesman Monday.
The Leaders of the Islamic Defenders’ Front has voiced their dislike of the American pop star, according to the Wall Street Journal. The group said Gaga dresses provocatively and promotes “devil worship and loose morals.”
Gaga’s base camp remains confident that the show will go on.
The singer’s manager Troy Carter told the Straits Times in Singapore Gaga "plays the show as it is" and has no plan to censor her act.
Despite the turmoil, Gaga has seemed to be enjoying her stay in Thailand.
Various promoters of Bangkok nightlife have confirmed that Lady Gaga visited the famous Calypso Cabaret Wednesday night just hours after her plane touched down in the city.
Calypso Cabaret is known as the home for the “lady boys,” transvestite and transgender individuals who participate in drag shows.
The “lady boys” were thrilled with Mother Monster’s visit to the cabaret.
"A million people have to pay to see a Gaga concert, but Gaga paid to see our show!" cabaret manager Nipon Boonmasuwan said to a Thairath newspaper Friday. When the performance ended, she took the stage to shake hands with the dancers and handed out six tickets to her Friday night show.
Main photo courtesy of the Miami Herald
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