Lady Gaga’s Philippines Gigs Being Protested by Christians
The Asian leg of Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way Ball tour is coming under attack from yet another religious group — claiming to be offended by her style, her material, her music and her show. Poor Gaga. She can’t catch a break from these fringe groups who are targeting her unfairly.
The tour has been fraught with drama so far, including a ban for little monsters under 18 in South Korea at the kickoff show.
While her sold out show in Jakarta, Indonesia, set for June 3, was canceled once the national police revoked the permit (local authorities said they could not guarantee her safety or that of fans when an extremist Muslim group threatened to take action and even intercept her at the airport), her Philippines gigs, slated for Monday (May 21) and Tuesday (May 22), are being protested by a Christian group.
While we believe that everyone’s religion should be respected, these groups are really offended by Gaga’s music and sexual stage show, considering her a threat and an insult to their beliefs. We think it’s worth noting that she is an artist who is expressing herself and she’s also a Catholic. So is she really that dangerous? It’s a valid point to consider.
That said, the Biblemode Youth Philippines organization swarmed the streets of Manila today (May 18), according to WENN. The group staged a “Stop the Lady Gaga Concerts” rally and pressured promoters to pull the plug on the performance.
The group takes issue with the song ‘Judas,’ which it considers blasphemous, among other things.
Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto has reminded the promoters that the Mother Monster must adhere to strict concert rules of the region, which means no nudity or lewd acts. So Gaga would need to alter some aspects of her show in accordance with the local law. Also, she could be sued by the group, which threatened to do so if she performs the song. We’re not experts in Philippines law by any means, but it appears that Gaga is facing some trouble if the show goes on as is.
In a statement, Calixto said, “Although we respect artistic and musical expressions, I won’t allow anyone or any group to provide acts which may be questionable in a way at any venue under my jurisdiction. We reminded the producers of Lady Gaga’s concert that the show and the event as a whole shall not exhibit any nudity or lewd conduct which may be offensive to morals and good customs.”
Honestly, that doesn’t sound like he is supporting expression or free speech. It’s conditional, which means the expression is not freely given!
What do you think, PopCrush readers and little monsters? Should Gaga alter her show to appease the protestors?
Watch the Lady Gaga ‘Judas’ Video