Gaga No Go

May 17th, 2012, in Featured, News, by

Lady Gaga banned from Jakarta, unlike similar "controversial" performers.

Jakarta police have recommended Lady Gaga be refused a permit to perform, after threats by Islamist groups to disrupt her concert and protest her arrival in Jakarta.

Lady Gaga could be the first performer banned since the "Reformasi" in 1998, when previous bans/limits on freedom of speech and artistic expression (including e.g. Tempo magazine and overseas music acts) were lifted.

Muslim thugs advocacy groups e.g. the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) have based their opposition on two arguments:

1. Lady Gaga Spreads Pornography And Promotes Homosexuality

Lady Gaga

Many female singers with similar music styles, opinions on gay rights and/or fashion sense have performed in Jakarta in recent years, without incident:

Kylie Minogue Katy Perry Gwen Stefani Beyonce
Left to Right: Kylie Minogue - Vocal supporter of gay rights and regular performer at Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras;
Katy Perry - Her first hit single was "I Kissed A Girl", another is "Ur So Gay";
Gwen Stefani - Told in Malaysia to dress more politely and cover up between her shoulders and knees;
Beyoncé - Banned in Malaysia, arrived on a charter flight at Jakarta's old Halim Airport, possibly to avoid protestors at Soekarno-Hatta Airport

2. Lady Gaga Worships Satan, Says She Is "Satan's Daughter", etc

Lady Gaga Satan

The following groups have also toured Indonesia in recent years without incident, despite similar accusations levelled against them (and many of their peers) in the past:

Iron Maiden Indonesian Tour Anthrax Tour Indonesia Napalm Death Tour Indonesia
Left to Right: Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Napalm Death

If metal fan Joko Widodo wins the Jakarta Governor's election in July, it will be interesting to see whether he is willing to challenge the Islamist groups and encourage the police to be more tolerant.

52 Comments on “Gaga No Go”

  1. avatar ET says:

    the FPI and their sexually insecure clones have successfully made an international joke of Islam and Indonesia yet again

    Sad indeed. I never could have imagined this religiously inspired sexual complex to be so deeply rooted that it might turn to violence. Although in the case of Lady Gaga part of the hype may be traced back to racial and anti-western issues, it is certainly not the only reason. Once I posted a video on YouTube showing a Joged performance – mind you, a typical and popular Indonesian/Balinese cultural, and in this case pure local, event – which jokingly mimicked and mocked some sexual behavior, but certainly nothing lewd. Although the video got an overwhelming number of thumbs up, a lot of the comments to it are downright filled with hysterical hatred. I myself got several death threats – most of which now seem to be moderated away from the comments section – but one of the last comments is no doubt characteristic of what is living in the minds of some of the followers of the ‘Religion of Peace’:

    pantas aja memeng? kalo dibom sama IMAM SAMUDRA kalo masyarakatnya seperti ini…..

    But like you said, does the world care? Nope, not a bit.

  2. avatar Oigal says:

    Yes Tic Toc, I agree more important things should banned than Lady GaGa. Perhaps we should start with sexually insecure cultural traitors who insist upon wandering around in pants that don’t reach their angles and towels on their heads like cast off refugees from some dodgy desert tribe.

  3. avatar Patrick says:

    Lady Gaga should have worn a dress made of pork when she arrived in Indonesia. This would have afforded her far better protection from the FPL than depending on the police. Anyway, she missed her opportunity to make a statement to the world that being free to choose is worth risking your life for as many of her countrymen have done on this Memorial Day.

  4. avatar Oigal says:

    Aww Fair Go Patrick, why should she risk anything here? I don’t see you lining up to help out at any of the anti church demos in Java?

  5. avatar Patrick says:

    Ha ha ha very silly Oigal. Actually, I did attend mid-night mass on Christmas Eve during 2003 despite the bombing threats and many of my friends in Jakarta warning me not to go. Actually, my first impulse was not to go but i watched on the local news a woman who said she would be there because we couldn’t allow the Muslim terrorist to take our freedom of worship away so you see I was shamed into it. Believe me I spent the first 30 minutes in extreme fear so it want about being very brave but it was about standing up when it counted.

  6. avatar Riki Purnomoz says:

    Lady Gaga = Amoral = Devil = Atheist = Psychopath = Drone Attack = Night Raid = Corps Pissing = Albino = Oigal = Andre Breivik = Mass Shooting

  7. avatar Oigal says:

    Now I am a Right Wing Loon? Jeez I wish youse blokes would make up your mind (no not you Rikki for obvious reasons). Speaking of drones, you really add to the depth of conversation don’t you Rikki? You must be such a disappointment to so many.

    In that case Patrick, well done! I am seriously impressed, I dips me lid.

  8. avatar Chris says:

    If metal fan Joko Widodo wins the Jakarta Governor’s election in July, it will be interesting to see whether he is willing to challenge the Islamist groups and encourage the police to be more tolerant.

    Jokowi’s only comment on the record so far was a non-comment:

    He declined to comment on the controversy over US pop diva Lady Gaga’s concert, because he was “more into Metallica, Judas Priest or Lamb of God” and was thinking of bringing them to the country for gigs.

  9. avatar irma says:

    lady gaga concert in jakarta failed, but Remix is still “dangdut koplo” rampant there, I wonder

  10. avatar Oigal says:

    Nice one MD 🙂

  11. avatar bonni says:


    Thanks for the funny pic.

    About FPI and other so called god’s fans club organisations… I’m more into questioning where is Mr President and his Ministries. I’m more into questioning where is the law? How can such an organization control the whole country. The other questions are, where is pancasila? Where is the bhinneka tunggal ika? Do we really need a government which can be controlled by anarchy, a small amount of radical people? The deeper question is why are we seem to be so afraid of that small amount of radical idiots? Even the police force, all of them? How sad…… We’ve had enough of this. It’s such ashamed what happened in cikeusik, irshad manji, and other stupid stuff they did, and their little tiny hypocrite mind makes me wanna puke. All the brainwash. We are so sick of this. Some people have become apathetic, that’s even worse…… I hope we won’t lose the faith to keep fighting bringing back our Pancasila and Bhinneka Tunggal Ika.

  12. avatar Chris says:

    I wonder what the FPI will do about this tour:

    Cannibal Corpse Jakarta

    They are also going to play a gig at Rock In Solo. I wonder if Jokowi will attend? I wonder if the band will have a chance to meet Kannibal Sumanto during their stay in Central Java?

  13. avatar stevo says:


    Cannibal Corpse are a very “confronting” band. I would love to attend their performance, just to see the Indonesian Death Metal scene with my own eyes. This is about as far from traditional religious values (any religion) as one could go. (Though maybe the death and suffering themes will appeal to the FPI ?)

  14. avatar stevo says:

    These boys have had their albums banned in many liberal Western countries and provoked outrage around the globe.

    –Some of Cannibal Corpse’s most controversial song titles include “Meat Hook Sodomy”, “Entrails Ripped from a Virgin’s C*nt”, “Necropedophile”, and “F*%ked with a Knife”–

    I will be watching for the reaction (if any) to their visit.

  15. avatar ET says:

    Cannibal Corpse live in concert 12 Oktober 2012. Exactly on the 10th anniversary of the 1st Bali bombing. Their timing couldn’t be better to commemorate. Is it coincidence or a cynical reference?

  16. avatar madrotter says:

    too busy to go, would love to see that concert….

    in the meantime we’ve got this kind of idiocy going on here:

  17. avatar stevo says:

    Maybe Governor Bibit Waluyo should check out Cannibal Corpse and see what he thinks. It may lend a bit of perspective…

  18. avatar madrotter says:

    I think Governor Bibit Waluyo should sit on one of his golf sticks and hum some tunes….

  19. avatar Chris says:

    JLo tones down concert in Indonesia

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Jennifer Lopez wowed thousands of fans in Indonesia, but they didn’t see as much of her as concertgoers in other countries — the American pop star toned down both her sexy outfits and her dance moves during her show in the world’s most populous Muslim country, promoters said Saturday.


    What JLo’s fans in Jakarta saw:
    J Lo Jakarta

    What her fans in other countries have seen:
    J Lo World Tour

    By the way, JLo is 43 – I checked.

  20. avatar Chris says:

    Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo was seen at the Guns N Roses concert in Jakarta on Sunday:

    Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who is known for his fondness for rock music, was seen in the crowd.

  21. avatar jim says:

    It is a muslim country many women are wearing a towel you have to be blind not to see why lady gaga is a porn show. But then I don’t like Lady Gaga anyway. She can’t even play musical instrument just like a manufactured artist such as idol winners.

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