Prior to the concert’s cancellation, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), a powerful religious force in Jakarta, was apparently planning to stage a mass gathering of 30,000 people at a local airport to prevent Gaga from stepping foot onto Indonesian soil.
“We will stop her from setting foot on our land,” FPI Jakarta chairman Salim Alatas told the AFP last week (via the Telegraph). “She had better not dare spread her satanic faith in this country…Her style is vulgar, her sexual and indecent clothes will destroy our children’s sense of morality. She’s very dangerous.” Though Islamic groups don’t technically control the government in Indonesia, the pressure proved to be too much for the National Police, who in turn chose to revoke the concert’s permits.
As much as we admit that Gaga’s ridiculous wardrobe shenanigans have become a little too unpredictably predictable at this point (it’s actually more refreshing seeing her out in jeans and a tee), we’ve always admired her dedication to self-expression. Her message to her fans, whom she genuinely seems to appreciate, has always been a nurturing one about anti-hate, self-love, and individuality. We seriously hope Lady Gaga’s Indonesian fans will get to see her show rescheduled in another city soon.