Lady Gaga might wanna chalk this one up to 'it's all for the best' and move on. The Indonesian government, clearly unaware the show must go on, decided on Tuesday that a Lady Gaga concert is not appropriate for their country and cancelled the show.
There have been demonstrations from Muslim hardline groups and those groups have combined with conservative elements of the government to create a wall of protest about her show. They say her lyrics, costumes and dancing has the potential to corrupt young persons and some anti-Gaga elements were promising to physically prevent her and her entourage from deplaning.
Lady Gaga: Born This Way Ball
Local police were part of the decision to cancel, feeling they could not guarantee her security. Given the venom of some protests, Lady Gaga may have been lucky to be cancelled. The June 3 show was already sold-out and was to be part of her 'Born This Way Ball' tour; a sell-out was no small feat in Jakarta's Gelora Bung Karno Stadium - it holds 52,000.
In a indication of how badly young people in Jakarta wanted to see the Fame Monster, 26,000 tickets were sold within two hours of going on sale. Lady Gaga also faced protests about her show in Seoul, South Korea, again most of it from religious groups, but her sold-out concert there went on and was well received.
Jakarta was to be her last show in the Asian segment of her tour before she moves on to New Zealand and Australia. Her three nights in Singapore, May 28, 29 and 31 will now be the final 'Born This Way Ball' shows in Asia.