Religious Protesters in Indonesia Prevent Lady Gaga from Delivering a Telegram from the Devil

Citing security concerns after especially zealous religious groups protested her upcoming performance, Lady Gaga has cancelled a show in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, surely disappointing the 50,000-plus monsters who'd purchased tickets to the June 3 event. Indonesian police had refused to issue the singer a permit to perform after Islamist groups such as the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) threatened to stop her from getting off her plane.

The FPI, which hailed the cancellation as "good news" for Indonesia's Muslims, had issued warnings of violence, calling Lady Gaga the "devil's messenger" who wears only a "bra and panties." Hours before the announcement that the show would be cancelled, Gaga tweeted, "There is nothing holy about hatred" to her 25 million followers. The controversy the singer's show sparked in Indonesia is just the latest in a series of religious outbursts against Gaga's tour through Asia — Christian groups protesting her shows in the Philippines and South Korea accused her of blasphemy, which just goes to show you that fundamentalists can come in all shapes and sizes of metaphysical superstition. [BBC]

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