Initially, authorities in Indonesia had denied Gaga a permit to perform but they’ve indicated they’d change their minds if she’d tone down her show.
It’s the latest conflict plaguing the singer as she takes her tour through Asia, where Christian fundamentalists have already attacked her show in the Philippines and South Korea.
Gaga’s team has said she’d rather cancel a show than alter it to suit local morals. “We’ll skip them,” said Gaga’s manager, Troy Carter, according to the AFP. “We play the show as it is. It’s a very specific show, it’s a very specific audience.”
In Jakarta, Gaga has suggested she may perform solo to spare her crew any repercussions. She tweeted this week:
“The Jakarta situation is 2-fold: Indonesian authorities demand I censor the show & religious extremist separately, are threatening violence. If the show does go on as scheduled, I will perform the BTWBall alone.”
It’s hardly the first time a pop star has had to deal with a repressive society: This summer Madonna, who’s face similar situations, will be performing in St. Petersburg, where pro-gay communication is outlawed. For her part, the Material Girl has promised to address the issue from the stage, law or no law.
In the interview Carter indicates that Gaga’s allegiance is to her fans, who expect her to stand her ground, and that the issue is bigger than the just one performer:
“I don’t think this has anything to do with Gaga as much as it has to do with—you know, it’s just a big cultural and generational gap that is happening over there. You are dealing with a few different things: you are dealing with politics… with religion. It’s a little bit more complicated than her changing her outfits.” heart but it’s true.”
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