After Lady Gaga announced she was performing her "Born This Way Ball Tour" in Jakarta, her Indonesian fans - or Little Monsters - erupted with excitement. The singer hadn't included Jakarta in her tour schedule before, and this was the first time these fans would be able to see the performer.
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However, in the weeks before the Jakarta concert on June 3, an extremist religious group began a vocal protest of Lady Gaga and her message - even calling her a "devil worshipper." The group made threats to intercept and harm Gaga on her trip from the airport. There were even reports that the extremists purchased 150 tickets to the concert and were prepared to cause a violent scene at the show.
Separate from the threats from the religious group, the Indonesian government also demanded the "Marry the Night" singer censor her tour. Throughout the whole situation, Gaga kept her 25 million Twitter followers updates on the situation.
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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
We had to cancel the concert in Indonesia. I'm so very sorry to the fans & just as devastated as you if not more. You are everything to me — Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 27, 2012
In response to the threats, the Indonesian government refused to grant security clearance for the show, and it was cancelled. Although her fans in Jakarta were disappointed, they recognized the security risks and sent this message of support to "Mother Monster" via YouTube.
However, upset with the violent and intolerant messages of the religious group, Little Monsters banded together on Twitterto take a stand. The Twitter account @IndoProGaga was created by fans in Indonesia, and it organized fans to unite in support of diversity and create a peaceful video message of solidarity.
The result of their efforts was a 10 minute flash mob (at the top of this post) - which features multiple Lady Gaga songs including "Just Dance," "Bad Romance" and Lady Gaga's anthem for LGBT equality, "Born This Way." The video features "91 Little Monsters" who went all out with their choreography and costumes. Since it was released on June 2, the video has been making a wave on social media. On June 4, Lady Gaga herself saw the video and shared it with her followers.
This made me cry so hard. This happened in Indonesia yesterday. I love you so much. You are the best fans in the world. youtube.com/watch?v=AWqe6E…
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 4, 2012
Images courtesy of Twitter, Indonesia Pro Gaga
This story originally published on Mashable here.
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