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Lady Gaga Decides She Will Not Play Indonesia

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Lady Gaga has made the final decision about her gig in Indonesia, which was sold out and scheduled for June 3 in Jakarta.

Despite some previous glimmers of hope, the show is definitely off. While the promoter and Gaga herself intimated that she would attempt to tone down her sexually-charged show in order to appease the religious extremists, who were protesting the gig and threatening violence and “chaos,” in order to reinstate the pulled permit, it turns out Gaga has decided that she will not perform. She will not further attempt to play the show.

Alarabiya reports that concert promoter Bid Daddy confirmed that there will be no further efforts to resuscitate the gig. We’re sure the Mother Monster did not want to disappoint the local little monsters, but this decision came down to the safety of everyone involved.

“Lady Gaga’s management has considered the situation minute to minute, and with threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga’s side is calling off the concert,” Minola Sebayang, lawyer for Big Daddy, said. “This is not only about Lady Gaga’s security, but extends to those who will be watching her.”

Extremists with the Islamic Defenders Front have called Gaga “the devil’s messenger” and they suggested that they would employ “by any means necessary” tactics to stop the show, calling their planned efforts “chaos.” They also stated they would intercept Gaga at the airport upon arrival. The threat of chaos extended to little monsters, too. That sounds scary and dangerous, so we think Gaga and her camp did the right thing by not trying to push back too much in order to make the show happen. There’s just too many dangerous variables.

On Friday, Gaga’s manager Troy Carter said Gaga would only play the show as it was designed and she would not be altering it to appease the protestors, even though she had considered doing so. She was trying to please everyone, especially her little monsters that were excited to see her, so we applaud her for that.

We’re sure that Gaga arrived this decision after much discussion and careful consideration, since she will do anything for her fans. In the end, she was looking out for their safety, as much as her own. That’s what a mother (monster) does.

Big Daddy president director Michael Rusli said, “For the past few days we have communicated with the government and Lady Gaga’s side. The government has given support, but this is not about the permit. The cancellation is really due to concerns over security.”

What a bummer for Indonesian little monsters. Sorry, guys! Keep your paws up.

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