Christian Groups that have opposed Lady Gaga’s South African tour are glad that they have taken a stand even though the controversial pop megastar is on track to perform at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday and at the Cape Town Stadium on Monday.
“At least we have made many people aware of the bad role model that she is for our youth at a time when our country has a serious problem with crime, violence, rape, drugs and Aids,” said Elfrieda Fleischman of the Concerned Young People of South Africa (CYPSA), which launched a petition campaign against Gaga’s tour and got to air its views on several radio stations. CYPSA is involved in rehabilitating drug addicts and reaching out to street children.
Fleischman said it was surprising how many people, including representatives of the Film and Publications Control Board, said they were not aware that Gaga, whose tens of millions of fans around the world are mostly under the age of 18, promotes drugs and pornography.
She said that there was a great need for the youth of South Africa to stand up against harmful influences on young people like Lady Gaga. She said that some of the 581 people who signed the CYPSA online petition said in comments accompanying their signatures, that listening to Gaga’s music had destroyed their lives.
Need to talk about ‘wrongs’, not rights
“It is not good enough to talk about people’s rights to choose what performers they want to see. Let’s rather talk about the ‘wrongs’ that result from people like Gaga influencing our young people. We have lots of studies on the link between porn and violence. Where are the people in authority to protect us?”
Reverend Mxolisa Sonti, who is Secretary General of the Youth Forum of the South African Council of Churches said in an interview today that the forum recently delivered a memorandum against the Gaga tour to the offices of the Department of Arts and Culture in Pretoria and Cape Town. The memorandum expresses concern about Gaga’s “satanic” influence.
In addition to the group’s concerns about the anti-Christian content of Gaga’s message during her performances, he said the SACC was also concerned that many young people did not seem able to afford to buy tickets to attend sports matches that “can unite people” but they somehow seemed able to afford expensive tickets to listen to Gaga’s music which “can divide people”. Concert ticket prices range from R715 to standing-room-only tickets at R415.
Earlier this month, SACC Youth Forum President Vuyani Pule told Gateway News that officials of the Department of Arts and Culture, who received the anti-Gaga tour memorandum in Pretoria, said they were not aware that the singer’s visit had negative connotations.
In Cape Town, Abraham Warren, of Christians For Truth, who recently organised an Anti-Gaga tour march to the office of entertainment promoter Big Concerts, said although they had been sworn at by members of the public, called fundamentalists, and belittled in media reports, they were glad they had made their stand.
He said they had also delivered a memorandum to a representative of the Office of the Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town. The memorandum tells the Mayor not to be surprised if the floodgates of evil open in the city after the concert because of allowing Gaga a platform to influence large numbers of young people. The memorandum refers to Gaga’s open mockery of all religions and her sexual promiscuity on stage.
In other Christian responses some 2 300 people joined a facebook page that was launched in opposition to the Gaga visit, and 688 people signed another of several online petitions against the tour. But the Christian voices against the tour are small in number compared to the tens of thousands of ‘monsters’ (Gaga fans) who have rushed to buy tickets for the two shows. Mainstream media reports and social media voices have also dismissed the Christian protest as absurd, narrow-minded and misguided.
There are a number of articles on the Internet that describe Gaga as a satanist. There are also comments by Gaga supporters who say she is a Roman Catholic and supports worthy causes. There is no doubt that in her performances she mocks religion, makes liberal use of satanic and occult symbolism, is sexually obscene, promotes the use of illegal drugs, and portrays death and darkness. From a Christian perspective she is clearly a lost person and an appalling role model for youth or anybody else. Well done to the Christian groups that have dared to take a stand against the Gaga tour. Let’s pray for Stefani Germanotta (Gaga’s real name) to be set free from the darkness that surrounds her. Let’s pray for public officials to be better informed and more discerning about people who want to influence our young people. And let’s pray for the protection of the crowds of young people who attend the concerts on Friday and Monday — if they do in fact take place.