Lady Gaga: (AP/Evan Agostini)
Lady Gaga’s concert may have been cancelled, but that hasn’t severed the love that ties the singer with her Indonesian fan base.
The US pop star’s fans, known as “Little Monsters”, staged a flashmob dance on May 27 as a tribute to the 26-year-old singer.
This event was one of several that Indonesian fans of Gaga have staged since her management decided to cancel her planned June 3 concert due to security concerns, another being a gathering on Sunday in front of Bung Karno Main Stadium, the Jakarta venue where Gaga was supposed to have performed.
A video of the flashmob, which took place at EX Plaza Indonesia in Jakarta on May 27, was uploaded on June 2 to YouTube, by user called “projectlilmod”.
When Gaga was shown the flashmob footage, she posted a message on her official Twitter account, @ladygaga, on Monday that expressed her reaction to the video.
“This made me cry so hard,” Lady Gaga said on Monday, referring to the contents of what happened in the flashmob video uploaded to YouTube.
“I love you so much. You are the best fans in the world.”
Previously Gaga had publicly expressed regret for her cancelled concert.
When one of her followers pointed out that Gaga would have been in Indonesia over the weekend if her Jakarta show had gone as planned, the singer replied on Sunday, “I know. It is all I can think about”.
The Grammy Award-winning artist had also apologized last Sunday and told her fans, “I’m so very sorry to the fans and just as devastated as you, if not more. You are everything to me”.
These moments of mutual love reflect the bitter end of a long saga where concert promoters and fans fought a losing battle against hard-line groups who were against Gaga’s presence in the country.
Groups such as the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) have expressed strong opposition to the Grammy Award-winning artist, with FPI chief Habib Salim Alatas saying that Gaga brings “the faith of Satan to our country and thus will destroy the nation’s morals”.
The FPI even threatened to send its members to intercept the artist should she actually arrive in the country.
Various political figures had also shown their disapproval of Gaga’s planned concert, with one notable figure being Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali, who said that Gaga “indulges in pornography by wearing revealing costumes” and that she would have a negative influence on young Indonesians.
In addition to racy costumes, Lady Gaga is also accused of being influenced by Satanic rituals in her concerts, songs and video clips, such as by showing the inverted cross and downward-pointing pentagrams.
Gaga’s cancelled concert meant that some 52,000 concert goers had their plans dashed. Since then, Lady Gaga’s local concert promoter, Big Daddy Entertainment, has announced that it will refund all tickets bought for the concert. It has also released a tentative refund schedule. (png)