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article imageChristian groups protest holding of Lady Gaga concert in Manila

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By Leo Reyes     May 18, 2012 in Entertainment
After being denied a permit to hold a concert in Indonesia, Lady Gaga faces another group of protesters who want the scheduled "Born This Way" concert in Manila cancelled for being offensive to their Christian faith
Lady Gaga and her entourage were scheduled to hold a concert in Bali, Indonesia on June 3 but authorities in the Muslim-dominated Asian country, have decided to cancel the sold-out show after Islamic hardliners opposed it on moral grounds.
The protesters claimed the "suggestive nature of her show threatened to undermine the country’s moral fibre," the globeandmail.com reported.
Some protesters have reportedly threatened to use force to prevent Lady Gaga and her entourage from getting off the plane once they land at the airport.
The fully sold out show is Lady Gaga's biggest appearance in her ongoing Asian tour. Around 50,000 tickets have been sold, half of them were reportedly sold out in about two hours of sale.
In the Philippines, some members of cause-oriented groups including Pro-Life Philippines and Ang Kapatiran Party are appealing to the Mayor of Pasay City where the show will take place, to revoke the permit it has granted to the show promoters.
The Lady Gaga show is set to open on May 21 at the SM Mall of Asia
James Imbong of St. Thomas Moore Society, one of the groups opposed to the holding of the concert, said the show was almost cancelled in South Korea for the same reasons cited by the Philippines and Indonesian groups.
Although the show was eventually permitted by South Korean authorities, the age limit was raised upwards from 12 to prevent those below 12 years old from watching adult contents of the show.
"Our Christian community needs concerted action to stop young people from being infected with homosexuality and pornography," the Korean Association of Church Communication said in AFP report.
According to Imbong some members of their groups have viewed video clips and photos of Lady Gaga in similar concerts in other countries.
"She has songs that suggest that she wants to have sex with Judas and performs it with a dance. Of course it would be accompanied by a costume that has pornographic elements," Imbong said.
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