Lady Gaga has made headlines throughout the South Asian leg of her "Born This Way Ball" World Tour. Some countries are just not happy with the mama monster’s influence on their people.
The boundary-shoving singer was first denied a performance permit at a stop in Jakarta, Indonesia. On another show in the Philippines, she faced harsh criticism and protests just for showing up.
Prior to the performance in Manila, a bible group called Biblemode Youth chanted and wore her face x-ed out on T-shirts. Gaga’s style and artistic choices were a little too raunchy for their taste. One protester even threatened to sue if she performed the song “Judas.”
But, at the end of the day, Gaga is Gaga, and she’s not going to let a little hate get her down.
“And don't worry, if I get thrown in jail in Manila, Beyoncé will just bail me out. Sold out night 2 in the Philippines. I love it here!” she tweeted.
The comment calls to mind fellow performers subject to similar warm welcome in the past… Here are a few…
Beyoncé – Malaysia said no way to the queen of hip-hop in 2009. Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party members thought peoples’ heads would explode when they caught a glimpse of her smokin’ bod.
Snoop Dogg – Snoop was banned from the UK due to his criminal past. The rapper got into a fight at London’s Heathrow Airport in 2006 and officials didn’t want none of that. He was also banned from Australia for failing a character test.
Amy Winehouse – Amy was denied a Coachella spot in 2009 when she was banned from US performances. At the time, the late singer was being charged with assault against a fan.
Bjork – The Icelandic obscure singer was not allowed into China because she fell into their category of those who “threatened national sovereignty” due support her efforts against Tibetan freedom in 2008.
The Beatles – The legendary group set the bar for Gaga in 1966 when they were banned from the Philippines. Apparently they snubbed the first lady to the dictator at the time, Imelda Marcos.
Miley Cyrus – The Disney channel star was banned from China for making slanting eyes in a picture, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs found derogative.
Bob Dylan - Chinese authorities blocked the singer from performing in 2010. Apparently, they were increasingly wary about allowing performers who might prove embarrassing - especially one with the counterculture reputation of Dylan.