A hardline Islamic group warned Wednesday it would not let Lady Gaga set foot in Indonesia, challenging an army of fans awaiting a concert in the nation with the world’s largest Muslim population.
The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) vowed to mobilise 30,000 demonstrators to protest the US artist’s June 3 performance in Jakarta and to intercept her at the airport.
”We will stop her from setting foot on our land. She had better not dare spread her satanic faith in this country,” FPI Jakarta chairman Salim Alatas told AFP.
”Her style is vulgar, her sexual and indecent clothes will destroy our children’s sense of morality. She’s very dangerous,” he said.
The US pop diva, … has sparked opposition in other Asian countries with her ”Born This Way Ball” global tour, which kicked off in Seoul last month amid protests.
But the FPI, notorious for making threats and often failing to follow through, will face opposition from 40,000 fans planning to attend the sold-out show in Indonesia.
Little Monsters — as Lady Gaga fans are called — tweeted their determination to see the pop idol perform in Indonesia, 90 percent of whose 240,000 million inhabitants identify themselves as Muslim.
”Little Monsters Indonesia vs FPI. I’m ready to fight,” Bentaniokevin [som på sin twitterpresentation skriver: "I ♥ اللّهِ Islam,im Proud of it!"] tweeted to the LadyGagaIndo Twitter account.
One page on Facebook, … was seeking dancers for a Lady Gaga flashmob, which sees people perform a choreographed dance in a public place.
The flashmob is ”to show our appreciation to Lady Gaga for planning to visit and to tell others who don’t approve of her that there’s nothing wrong with being her fans,” said Anggiat Sihombing, an 18-year-old university student who set up the LadyGagaIndo account.
The Lady Gaga Indonesia Facebook page has more than 42,000 ”likes”.
•Här är den indonesiska Facebooksidan för Gaga.
•Och här är flashmoben:
•Indonesiska modestudenter har designat batikkläder till Gaga:
Several fashion students at LaSalle College of the Arts in Jakarta are currently waiting for Lady Gaga to pick and choose one of the 14 batik pieces they have designed exclusively for the singer for her upcoming concert in the capital.