Islamists Celebrate – Declare ‘Victory Over Lady Gaga’ in Moderate Indonesia
Islamists told reporters, “Lady Gaga is not welcome in Indonesia… If she comes, she will die in Indonesia.”
Religious fundamentalists threatening ”chaos” have forced pop diva Lady Gaga to cancel her Jakarta concert because she could not guarantee the safety of fans.
The head of the Islamic Defenders Front, the group who forced the cancellation, yesterday praised God saying, ”Allah has given victory to the Muslims”.
The founder of concert promoter Big Daddy, Michael Rusli, said he had received a call from Lady Gaga’s management ordering him to stop the June 3 show at Jakarta’s biggest stadium.
About 52,000 fans had paid what for many in Indonesia is a monthly salary to attend the stadium show. They were guaranteed a full refund.
Fundamentalists had threatened violence, saying the singer was a devil worshipper and a ”pornography icon”.
The decision follows a drawn-out process during which police initially bowed to the threats by those who said the singer would corrupt Indonesia’s youth. But they appeared to relent last week and opened negotiations, including a suggestion that Lady Gaga could modify her show to make it more ”culturally sensitive”.
However the Islamic Defenders Front said it had bought 150 tickets and intended to violently disrupt the show.
The Front and other hardline groups have been increasingly influential in Indonesia in recent years.
The Muslims told Gaga to ‘Go to hell!”
Indonesian Islamic hardliners, chanting “Go to hell, Lady Gaga,” stage a protest against US pop diva’s scheduled Jakarta concert, outside the US embassy, on May 25. Lady Gaga’s show has been cancelled, her promoters announced on Sunday, after Islamic hardliners threatened “chaos” if she entered the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation. (AFP)