“We had to cancel the concert in Indonesia. I’m so very sorry to the fans & just as devastated as you if not more. You are everything to me,” Gaga tweeted Sunday. “I will try to put together something special for you. My love for Indonesia has only grown. #GagaSends LoveToJakarta and all its people.”
Mama Monster made good on this promise in a small way during a stop on her “Born This Way” tour in Singapore this week. According to a retweet posted by Gaga’s tour promoter Big Daddy Live!, the singer asked concert-goers in Singapore “to raise their paws and say: ‘YOU WERE BORN THIS WAY INDONESIA!!!’ over and over.”
Based on tweets from a Indonesian fan account, Gaga’s little monsters in the Southeast Asian country seemed understanding of her decision, but still disappointed: “This is a BIG LOSS. For promoter, Monsters, also Indonesia’s reputation.”
Of course, those who protested the concert in the first place are not upset over the cancellation. A leader from the hard-line group Islamic Defenders Front told the Associated Press, “This is a victory for Indonesian Muslims . . . Thanks to God for protecting us from a kind of devil.”
An editorial in the Jakarta Globe called the decision to cancel the show “correct.” It explained:
“There are ... many justifiable reasons for opposing acts like Lady Gaga, such as the messages these supposed artists project. It is not about how she dresses, which is needlessly provocative, but about what she sings and the lyrics of her songs. It is about the lack of morality in what she represents.”
The editorial concluded, “We must accept that Indonesian society is different and that we cannot be expected to be as liberal as other societies.”
While some in Indonesia may seek to keep Gaga out forever, it seems this concert controversy has left a mark: The Wall Street Journal reports that Google searches for the singer “have increased more than five-fold” this month.