Lady Gaga Faces Even More Protests
As we reported earlier this week, Lady Gaga has been plagued by protests during her Born This Way Ball tour. First, protests in Seoul, South Korea led to her performance being changed from all-ages to 18+. Then, protests in Jakarta, Indonesia resulted in Gaga being denied a work permit over concerns that her safety would be at risk if she were to enter the country. Now, Gaga’s drawing criticism in the Philippines.
About 70 Christian youths, representing a group called ‘Biblemode Youth Philippines’, gathered in front of Pasay City Hall in Manila to protest the pop star’s slated appearance in the country next week. The youth claimed that her music videos, as well as her provocative dress and lyrics, offended them.
In particular, the song Judas came under fire for having a music video that depicts Jesus and his disciples as a motorcycle gang. One protester went so far as to threaten to file suit against Gaga and her concert organizers if she sings the song at either of her Philippines concerts.
Gaga has already been warned by authorities that nudity and “lewd conduct” will not be tolerated at the Philippines concerts.
“Although we respect artistic and musical expressions, I won’t allow anyone or any group to provide acts which may be questionable in a way at any venue under my jurisdiction. We reminded the producers of Lady Gaga’s concert that the show and the event as a whole shall not exhibit any nudity or lewd conduct which may be offensive to morals and good customs,” said Pasay City mayor, Antonio Calixto.
So far Lady Gaga has declined to comment on the protest situation. One could say that she’s maintaining her poker face.