Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Lady Gaga is not known for her subtlety, and extremist groups in Indonesia took notice when the "Poker Face" singer planned a concert in Jakarta. Gaga has been making headlines since she began the Asian leg of her Born This Way Ball tour, first by making jokes about fake watches. Last week, when she landed in Thailand, she tweeted to Thai fans, "I just landed in Bangkok baby! Ready for 50,000 screaming Thai monsters. I wanna get lost in a lady market and buy fake Rolex." Fans took offense to the tweet, claiming it was insulting and offensive, according to the Huffington Post. But the real trouble came when Gaga landed in Indonesia. Fundamentalist Muslim groups, including the Islamic Defenders Front, have rallied against other Western acts with suggestive costumes and lyrics, including Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. But pressure from the groups gave them their first major victory - Gaga announced Sunday that she would cancel the June 3 concert due to security concerns. She tweeted, "I'm so very sorry to the fans and just as devastated as you if not more. You are everything to me. I will try to put together something special for you. My love for Indonesia has only grown."