Lady Gaga arrived in the Philippines yesterday (May 19) to protest groups calling for her concerts to be cancelled.
Around 200 young Christians marched on the country’s capital Manila, holding up placards urging the singer to “respect our faith” and to “stop the blasphemy”, reports Associated Press.
The singer arrived in the city late Saturday night in her private jet and was mobbed at the airport by photographers and fans wanting autographs. Gaga is due to play two dates at the 20,000-seat Mall Of Asia on Monday and Tuesday.
The Biblemode Youth Philippines group, who conducted the protest yesterday, plan to hold a vigil today (May 20) near the venue in Pasay City. They feel offended by Gaga’s music, and claim that ‘Judas’ “mocks Jesus Christ”.
Ruben Abante, the group’s leader, said: “She declared a distorted view toward Jesus Christ and for us Biblical Christians it is offensive. Her music and everything about her is different from what our values are.”
This is not the first time that Gaga’s world tour has courted controversy. Her opening show in Seoul, South Korea was changed to an over-18’s only gig, while she was denied a concert permit in Indonesia by police.
However, organisers of the Philippines shows say they will not be cancelling and told protesters that the gig “will not pose a threat to their sense of morality and conduct”.
The ‘Born This Way Ball’ world tour comes to the UK later this year, beginning with two dates at London’s Twickenham Stadium (September 8-9).
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