MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Scores of Christian youths in the Philippines chanted "Stop the Lady Gaga concerts" at a rally Friday calling for the pop diva's shows here to be canceled despite assurances from authorities that they won't allow nudity and lewd acts.
Sold-out crowds and angry protests followed Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" Asian tour. Fans younger than 18 were banned from the Seoul concerts over complaints her lyrics and costumes were too sexually provocative, and she was denied a concert permit in Indonesia by police under pressure from Islamic hard-liners.
About 70 members of a group called Biblemode Youth Philippines rallied in front of the Pasay City Hall in metropolitan Manila. They said they were offended by Lady Gaga's music and videos, in particular her song "Judas," which they say mocks Jesus Christ.
I'm siding with the Muslims on this one. And those Christian kids in the Philippines deserve a lot of credit. I know that we live in a sex-obsessed culture but even still, I don't understand the appeal of Lady Gaga. When it comes down to it, she is an embarrassing, pre-packaged, phony entertainment gimmick, who gets far more attention from her disgusting prurience and garish, nonsensical performances than anything approaching raw talent.