Thanks to Dr. Boncan for the link through Facebook
Pop star Lady Gaga’s upcoming Jakarta concert was canceled by the National Police on Tuesday amid harsh protest from Indonesia’s hard-line Islamist organizations.
“The National Police said verbally that [the concert] would not be permitted,” Jakarta police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said.
The Jakarta Police previously recommended canceling the sold-out concert in response to public opposition.
Lady Gaga’s planned concert pitted Indonesia’s “little monsters” against the nation’s hard-line Islamist organizations.
Ticket sales were strong, with concert selling some 52,000 tickets in two weeks. Promoter Big Daddy released another 2,000 tickets on Monday. [just like here in Manila.]
But hard-line groups like the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) have rallied against the concert — Lady Gaga’s first in Indonesia — calling the pop diva a “dangerous” influence on Indonesia’s youth. The organization’s Jakarta chairman Salim Alatas told Agence France-Presse that FPI members would mobilize 30,000 supporters to forcibly prevent Lady Gaga from stepping off her plane. [Wow! They'll go this far to prevent her from coming. But I guess this is Islam...]
“We will stop her from setting foot on our land. She had better not dare spread her satanic faith in this country,” FPI Jakarta chairman Salim Alatas told AFP. [This is a Muslim talking and basically anyone who believes in a faith other than Islam is a believer of a Satanic faith, "infidel" according to them.] “Her style is vulgar, her sexual and indecent clothes will destroy our children’s sense of morality. She’s very dangerous.” [She is.]
The Muslim Defenders Team, a legal aid organization known for representing Islamist and terrorist groups, [they defend terrorists!] claimed that Lady Gaga teaches fans to worship the devil.
Michael Rusli, president director of Big Daddy, dismissed the claims as ridiculous on Monday as he announced the release of an additional 2,000 tickets.
Michael was not available for immediate comment on Tuesday.
The Indonesian Council of Churches (PGI), a Christian organization, threw its support behind the concert on Tuesday, [Wah?!] explaining that Indonesia’s constitution protects freedom of expression. [There's the idiotic term...respect expression even if your expression is offensive?] Gomar Gultom, secretary general of the PGI, said that it was the job of religious leaders — not pop stars or the police — to keep the nation’s moral fiber intact. [Isn't it the job of religious leaders to sound the alarm if someone of a media magnet like Gaga "express" her blasphemous songs?]
“It is the duty of religious figures to guide people to have a clear mind and stand against pornographic temptations,” he said.
The June 3 concert was planned for Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.
Although the concert was canceled in Jakarta, Lady Gaga could perform in another Indonesian city, as long as local police supported the event, the Indonesian news portal Detik.com reported.
Well, her choice for a stage name says it all.
A friend's email message to me about this sums it up:
While the music of Lady Gaga's songs may be catchy and have found the fancy of our young, let's carefully look into its lyrics which contains the abominable and sacrilegious message offensive to Christianity. If we hold our God, our Faith and religion Holy, we should reject this attack on our Faith, by not listening, not buying his/her records, and not watching her concerts. Remember, doing so is offensive to God. Let us catechize our young ones to love and honor God. God bless us all!