Lady Gaga's current run of dates on her Born This Way Ball tour have been plagued by controversy and protests by a variety of religious groups, and the National Police in Indonesia have denied her a permit to perform June 3 in that country. But her manager said Thursday in Singapore that Gaga would rather not perform at all than have to censor herself.
According to the U.K. paper The Telegraph, Gaga's manager Troy Carter said of countries who seek to censor her shows, "We'll skip them. We play the show as it is. It's a very specific show, it's a very specific audience."
Gaga had tweeted earlier that she would play her show "alone" if she couldn't get a permit in Indonesia, but it's unclear what she meant.
Carter also noted that even if Gaga did change her show, it would do little to appease those who've denounced Gaga in South Korea, Indonesia and the Philippines.
"I don't think this has anything to do with Gaga as much as it has to do with -- you know, it's just a big cultural and generational gap that is happening over there," Carter said. "You are dealing with a few different things, you are dealing with politics... you are dealing with religion. It's a little bit more complicated than her changing her outfits."
He also said that it was important for Gaga to maintain her artistic integrity for her true fans, instead of caving in to her critics.
Gaga's next show is in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday, and she's already caused controversy by tweeting that she wanted to buy a "fake Rolex" in that city and visit a "lady market," which some took to mean a red light district.
According to the news agency AFP, someone posted on a popular online Thai forum, "If Gaga supports fake Rolex in Thailand, I bet she also supports the unauthorized copies of her album. Such an ignorant comment!" Another wrote, "What does it mean? Does it show that Thailand is a sex trade country and a country which violates copyrights? It pains the heart but it's true."
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