A Tribute to Mother Monster

52,000 tickets were sold for what was supposed to be the concert of a lifetime for Lady Gaga’s fans. 52,000 disappointed fans when the concert was cancelled.  First there was the police, who on the 11th hour declared that they do not and will not give permission for the concert to take place because the promoter forgot to request it.  Then there was FPI, the extreme islamic party who threaten violence if the concert goes ahead.  They are of the opinion that watching Lady Gaga on stage will corrupt the minds and the culture of this country, which is interesting since it seems corruption it self is the culture of this country.  If East Africa made international headlines for their severe famine, and Syria for the break of their civil war, then of course Indonesia made headlines for not being able to cope with having an Italian – American woman wearing a blue wig, in her high heels, singing ‘can’t read my poker face’ on stage.  God forbid that ever happens in this country.

But then there is another theory.  52,000 tickets is a lot of money, a rough guesstimate of $5 million earnings in one night.  Perhaps the management forgot to ‘pay their duties’ to certain officials and the whole drama around Gaga’s cancellation was really a way to make that a point.

Don’t forget to pay.

But who knows what the real story is?


little monsters love mother monster

Last weekend a group of ‘little monsters’ held a Gaga inspired fashion competition in a shopping mall in Jakarta.  One Gaga fan told me “I love her because she is weird and a rebel, and this fashion event is our expression of appreciation to our mother monster”.  Whatever is written in the media about Gaga and the drama that surrounds her concert, perhaps what Gaga means to her fans and why they love her so much comes down to this:  She symbolizes freedom of expression, that it is okay to be weird and different just as you are.  In a country that’s constantly trying to make you conform in the name of religion, tradition and culture, her ideology is much to be desired by many.

Below are some images I made of the event, a tribute to mother monster.


Put your paws up!

The winners

"To be yourself in a world constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment" - R.W Emerson


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  1. Dane B. McFadhen June 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    Your photos are fantastic. I’m going to post them on my Facebook page soon. You are more than welcome to join my site.


  2. ksuc June 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    It is all worthy getting there even when I have to get to fX alone.. Great show.

  3. Mother Monster June 26, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    I love Indonesian Monster! Paws Up!

  4. King June 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Awesome blog!!! Indonesian little monsters are freakin’ cool! You made my day. Hope to see you guys again on the next event

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