Lady Gaga has just cancelled her Indonesian concert dates because she's scared to death. No, she's not afraid her meat dress will spoil in the heat and humidity of a southeast Asian summer. The Poker Faced one is afraid of the far more real danger that Islamic extremists will try to attack her and do her bodily harm because they do not approve of her "risquÃ© costumes" and her sexually suggestive dancing. According to her reps, the lady is terrified.
On May 27, Gaga's "people" announced the cancellation of her June 3 concert in Jakarta. Apparently a few extremists had voiced the opinion that the Mother Monster's concerts "corrupted Muslim youths."
Cholil Ridwan, the chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulema urged Muslims to boycott Lady Gaga's show because he feels that "it's intended to destroy the nation's morality."
After hearing Ridwan's discouraging words, the Jakarta Police became so concerned about Gaga's security that they refused to issue her a permit to perform. That was inconvenient to say the least because it meant Team Gaga would have to refund the money on the 52,000 tickets that had already been sold. Which is exactly what they did.
"I'm so very sorry to the fans and just as devastated as you if not more," Lady Gaga announced on Twitter. "You are everything to me. I will try to put together something special for you. My love for Indonesia has only grown."
What the "something special" could possibly be is unknown since it obviously won't be a concert. At least not in Indonesia.
Poor Mother Monster. Poor Indonesian Little Monsters. Nobody wins. Everybody's disappointed. And all for nothing. Because Mr. Ridwan definitely overreacted. Stefani Germanotta's act is hardly likely to corrupt anybody let alone destroy the morality of an entire nation. Bore the hell out of them, yes. Corrupt and destroy, no.
You hang in there, Gaga girl.
Note: What is the deal with pop stars and Indonesia? Boyfriend singer Justin Bieber was recently banned there after disrespecting Indonesia by calling it a "random country."
Â© Hope Carson 2012