Lady Gaga apologizes for canceled Indonesia concert
(CBS/AP) JAKARTA, Indonesia - Lady Gaga told fans she was "devastated" over having to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia following threats by Islamic hard-liners, who called her a "devil worshipper."
"We had to cancel the concert in Indonesia," she tweeted on Sunday. "I'm so very sorry to the fans & just as devastated as you if not more. You are everything to me."
"I will try to put together something special for you," she added. "My love for Indonesia has only grown. #GagaSendsLoveToJakarta and all its people."
In another tweet, the 26-year-old pop star wrote, "There is nothing Holy about hatred."
The Islamic Defenders Front said the singer's sexy clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt youth. They vowed to turn out at the airport by the thousands if Lady Gaga arrived. Others said they bought tickets so they could wreak havoc from inside the 52,000-seat stadium in the capital, Jakarta.
Police responded by denying the necessary permits over concerns about security. Then, after public outcry, they said they'd reconsider - but only if Lady Gaga agreed to tone down her act.
Instead, she pulled the plug on what was supposed to be the biggest stop on her Asian tour.
Michael Rusli, head of concert promoter Big Daddy, promised fans full refunds. But that provided little consolation to people like 25-year-old Johnny Purba.
"This only shows to the world how weak security forces are in this country, how police are afraid of a bunch of hard-liners," he told the Associated Press.
"Gaga's two-hour show will not hurt Indonesian Muslims. For God's sake, she is not a terrorist!"
Hard-liners, however, were ecstatic.
"This is a victory for Indonesian Muslims," said Salim Alatas, one of the leaders of the Islamic Defenders Front. "Thanks to God for protecting us from a kind of devil."
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