posted on May, 27 2012 @ 05:32 AM
Over the last week we have seen protests in both the Philippines
) and Indonesia
) against Lady Gaga and her concerts that were scheduled to take place in those countries. Unsurprisingly, the opposition to her concerts
are religiously motivated. The protesters in the Philippines are predominately Christians and the protesters in Indonesia are predominately Muslims.
Note the different outcomes though.
Apparently she will be allowed to perform in the Philippines, but under certain conditions:
The city government has already warned Lady Gaga to refrain from nudity, lewd conduct and blasphemy in the Philippines, and said inspectors will
be at the venue to ensure she does not overstep the mark.
She will not be so lucky in Indonesia where religious hard-liners have threatened chaos if she is permitted to perform:
Earlier this month, Jakarta police refused approval for the show after the hardline Islamic Defenders Front threatened violence if Lady Gaga
performed, calling her a "devil's messenger" who wears only a "bra and panties" on stage.
While I respect the right of each country to govern itself in the way it feels is just, I can't but help laugh at the ridiculousness of these
situations. How can religion dictate which artists may perform in certain countries? I'm no fan of Lady Gaga, but I do know she has millions of
dedicated fans around the world, including thousands in those two countries, who would enjoy the opportunity to see her perform live and
For those who complain about religion's effect on people living in Western countries, this is a reminder that things could be much worse.
on 27/5/2012 by Dark Ghost because: (no reason given)