Lately the over-the-top Lady Gaga was trending topic. Her planned performance was thwarted by FPI and other radicals. The concerts on Indonesian soil were temporarily cancelled. Till yesterday the question was whether she, even after originally having dropped her gigs in the archipelago because of the Police’s stiff opposition,would perform in Jakarta after all ???? Would promoter “Big Daddy” talk her management into complying with a few of Jakarta Police’s petty face-saving censor-demands in time????
Well, today the Lady said no. The concert of June the 3rd is off the agenda. No compromise on her part to appease the Islamic Defense Front and save the Police’s face.
A déja vu. We’ve seen this developments happen many times before. With willing Police cooperation the demands of a loud and violent minority of radical believers prevailed over the majority’s opinion once more .
Not quite though. It’s slightly, but significantly different this time.
The involuntary abortion of Lady Gaga’s performance provoked public indignation. And not just from the artist’s fans.
A genuine discussion in the media has started. Social media included. Many people participate. Fellow blogger Harry Nizam among them. On “Multibrand, an Indonesian blog“ he published a strong post titled “Lady Gaga concert cancelled“. In it he defended the right of people who objected to the show to demonstrate. But added an eloquent and tough criticism on the Police’s decision to give in to thugs-of-the-street. He asked for the concert to be on.
And I read more shining examples on the route I daily run along blogs. I loved “The Importance of Lady Gaga concert” on “Random Thoughts on Passing Scenes“. What else is there to do but second Triesti’s view that the quintessence of the issue is liberty and one’s definition of freedom. The same holds for “Indonesia’s gone Gaga: Lessons in Democracy” on “Portrait Indonesia“. Elizabeth Pisani puts it to us that all the fuzz is proof of the radicals’ weakness. That in this case inclusiveness had it.
The wish may be the farther of the thought but I share her optimism; this time reason beats narrow mindedness. The vigilantes got the concert aborted, but lost the public debate and public opinion. What sticks is that the emancipated moderates stood up for their rights. Their voices were louder, their views, the stands they made and their opinions more articulated. It’s important to keep that debate going and step it up.
Meanwhile Police and government lost another part of their credibility by their timid response to FPI threats.
Update: In “Did the Jakarta Globe’s editorial go gaga over Lady Gaga” on Unspunblog some of the most peculiar assumptions, reasoning and logic of the paper on the Lady Gaga issue, have been dissected and are taken out to the garbage…:)