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Lady Gaga continues to have trouble in Indonesia. Although last week, it looked like the pop superstar was not going to be able to take her Born This Way Ball tour to the country at all, the police say that they still haven’t made their final decision to issue a permit. Meanwhile, Gaga has taken to Twitter to explain the situation to her 24.5 million followers, saying that she will perform there no matter what. She also responded to critics in the Philippines who don’t want her to perform there either.
The Jakarta situation is 2-fold: Indonesian authorities demand I censor the show & religious extremist separately, are threatening violence
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 22, 2012
On Tuesday, Gaga explained, “The Jakarta situation is 2-fold: Indonesian authorities demand I censor the show & religious extremist separately, are threatening violence.”
Later, she wrote, “If the show does go on as scheduled, I will perform the BTWBall alone.”
Last week, it looked like the show, scheduled for June 3, had no chance of taking place, despite being sold out. The Jakarta Police recommended to the National Police that a permit for the concert not be given because it could spark protests and violence. At the time, the National Police said they would accept the recommendation.
However, The AFP reports that the Jakarta Police met with production company Big Daddy to figure out how the show could still go on. That could include forcing promoters to “ensure [Lady Gaga] is dressed appropriately and does not violate cultural norms in this country.”
According to The Times of India, a police spokesman said that they will finally make a decision by the end of this week.
Gaga performed in Manila, where she was also being met with protests from religious groups, but the show went off without a problem. She also performs there tonight.
She also tweeted about that, writing, “And don't worry, if I get thrown in jail in Manila, Beyonce will just bail me out. Sold out night 2 in the Philippines. I love it here!”