News that Lady Gaga plans to perform in South Africa in November and December has sparked a Facebook campaign by South African Christians opposed to the tour.
A Facebook group called Christians Against Lady Gaga & Beyonce’s SA Tour has attracted more than 2 300 members. According to media reports the group held a 4-day “prayer avalanche” to pray against the controversial pop star’s “Born this Way Ball” visit and will meet on July 7 to plan further action.
Gaga’s international “Born this Way Ball” tour has already met opposition from religious groups in Asia, resulting in restrictions in South Korea and forcing her to cancel a sold-out-show in Indonesia because of threats of violence from an Islamic group objecting to her vulgarity.
But last week, less than 24 hours after she announced plans to perform in Johannesburg on November 30 and Cape Town on December 3, excited Gaga fans in South Africa crashed Computicket’s server in their rush to book tickets.
Critics of the South African Facebook campaign against Gaga’s tour have accused the Christians off intolerance. Gaga supporters have pointed out that she is well-know for her charity work. One Gaga fan who posted on the anti-Gaga website says she loves Lady Gaga and she loves Jesus and thanks the Lord for bringing Gaga into her life.
The Internet has a number of pages that state that Gaga is a satan worshiper and that her song lyrics and music video symbolism contain veiled occult messages . But other reports say she was raised as a Catholic and claims to be a Christian. Whatever the truth, her liberal and clearly intentional use of satanic symbols such as inverted crosses, goats head, and “all-seeing eye” during performances are grounds for concern from any Christian perspective. Considering that she is hugely popular with teenagers and pre-teens, Christians who care about the welfare of young people also have legitimate reason to worry about the effect of her crude sexual actions, imagery and lyrics on young minds in a country rife with sexual abuse of young people and runaway teenage pregnancies.
Gaga goes out of her way to offend Christians. This week, on Tuesday (June 26), during the Australian leg of her she provocatively tweeted a picture of herself in revealing underwear, saying: “Hey Melbourne we’re here! We can hear you downstairs! Is that church bell ringing for us? The devil of pop is here.”
Gaga, who has 52-million likes on Facebook and 23-million Twitter followers, was voted Forbes’ Most Powerful Woman in the World in 2011, and also made Time Magazine’s top 100 influential people’s list in 2010. Is she too popular and powerful to be stopped by a group of South African Christians who the mainstream media regard as extremists? Will the Christians of South Africa, who are in the majority, stand together in opposing the Gaga tour?
Watch this space.