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Thursday
May242012

Lady Gaga Angers Thai Fans with Fake Rolex Tweet

Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga may have just insulted millions of her legendarily devoted "Little Monster" fans with a single tweet.

"I just landed in Bangkok baby! Ready for 50,000 screaming Thai monsters. I wanna get lost in a lady market and buy fake Rolex," the pop star wrote to her 24 million Twitter followers Wednesday night.

By the next day, that comment had sparked an uproar in Thailand, where Gaga is traveling for her "The Born This Way Ball" tour, with fans calling the singer's remarks offensive and insulting.

"We are more civilized than you think," tweeted Thai DJ Surahit Siamwalla, who also called for a boycott of Gaga's Friday show in Bangkok.

"She came to our home, but instead of admiring us, she insulted us," read a comment on the popular Thai Web board pantip.com.

Gaga's preference for knockoffs was also made clear when the singer touched down in Hong Kong for a tour stop in April.

"I love this city," she tweeted April 30 after reportedly indulging a spin class in the city famous for its high-end retail. "You can work out & buy a fake Birkin on the same street."

The backlash is the latest in a series of controversies the boundary-pushing superstar has faced as her tour travels throughout Asia.

The "Born This Way" singer arrived in the Philippines May 19 to a crowd of 200 Christian youths calling for the cancellation of her upcoming concerts and holding placards urging the singer to "respect our faith, stop the blasphemy."

Officials in Indonesia, where Gaga's provocative lyrics and public image had been the subject of protests and complaints by that country's hard-line Islamist organizations, banned her from performing her planned June 3 concert there, fearing large and dangerous protests.

Public support for the Jakarta concert, which was sold out, nonetheless remained high and Gaga gave hope to her fans.

"Little monsters, be patient please," the singer's promoters tweeted after the ban was announced.  "We will keep you updated.  We are still fighting."

On Thursday, Gaga's manager confirmed the singer would rather cancel performances than make changes to appease her protesters.

"We'll skip them," her manager, Troy Carter, told a music conference in Singapore.  "We play the show as it is. It's a very specific show, it's a very specific audience."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jan062012

'Mission: Impossible' Star Jeremy Renner Escapes Real-Life Fight Scene

Paramount Pictures/Skydance Productions(PHUKET, Thailand) -- Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol star Jeremy Renner avoided what could have been a potentially deadly situation in Phuket, Thailand.

According to a report from the Phuket Gazette, Renner and some friends were hanging out in the Rachada Pub early Wednesday morning when local hotel manager Vorasit Issara was attacked by six of the pub's employees.

Cops say Issara was stabbed by a knife-wielding man and slashed by another who was armed with a "homemade axe."  The victim is recovering in the hospital with serious injuries to the stomach and neck.

Although the local reportage said the victim had been hanging out with Renner, and that the actor suffered minor injuries in the fracas, a spokeswoman tells ABC News that wasn't the case.

In a statement, the rep said Renner, "was indeed in a bar in Phuket Thailand as a vicious attack on a patron took place but was not injured or involved.  He exited as the fight took place."

The rep said Renner is in Asia filming The Bourne Legacy in Manila.

The six employees were charged with attempted murder.

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