As she gets thumbs up for a second gig in the Philippines, the 'Marry the Night' singer shows signs that she's willing to tone down her performance to get the go-ahead from the Indonesians.
Lady GaGa has finally broken her silence about the oppositions against her concert in Indonesia. The Mother Monster took to her Twitter on late Monday, May 21, to address the situation that threatens the completion of her gig in the Muslim-majority country, and to reveal the compromise she would have to make.
"The Jakarta situation is 2-fold: Indonesian authorities demand I censor the show & religious extremist separately, are threatening violence," the 26-year-old Grammy winner first explained to her 24 million-plus followers. She went on to note, "If the show does go on as scheduled, I will perform the BTWBall alone."
GaGa's concert in Indonesia was part of her "Born This Way" promo tour, and was supposed to take place on June 3 at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta with 52,000 tickets being sold out in just two weeks. However, it was met with permit issues and harsh protests from Islamic and Christian hard-liners, particularly Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) who threatened to create "chaos".
Big Daddy Productions' attorney, Minola Sebayang, told the press on Monday night that the promoters can make sure that should GaGa get the go-ahead for the concert, her performance won't go against the country's norms and culture. The lawyer added that the promoters have talked about the matter with GaGa and her management team, and they have accepted it.
In the meantime, GaGa herself is likely to get thumbs up for her second concert in the Philippines after defying critics and state censors with her sold-out show Monday night. "The show was beautiful according to the people I sent to watch and they told me it violated no laws as per Pasay City government's rules and regulations," Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto said in an interview on Radyo Inquirer Tuesday morning.