Christians out to gag Lady

2012-10-13 18:54

Her outrageous outfits and questionable lyrical content have gained her more followers on Twitter than any entertainer alive.

With more than three million “little monsters” (a pet name for her fans) worldwide, Lady Gaga (pictured) will be in South Africa for a two-part show as part of her Born this Way Ball tour next month.

The meat-wearing, award-winning pop star has unnerved the South African Council of Churches Youth Forum (SACCYF). They have distributed a petition to cancel her shows because of her “self-confessed satanism”.

Part of the petition reads: “Open your spiritual eyes! Lady Gaga is a self-confessed satanist. She should not be allowed to land in South Africa to take away your blessings that God has in store. She has to be stopped!”

But with the Joburg leg already sold out, the forum will need more than the thousand signatures they envision to have her show cancelled. This week, the forum’s Reverend Mxolisi Sonti said: “She is going to cause more satanism to our country (sic).”

Her show in Indonesia was cancelled earlier this year. A clearly irritated Sonti said: “We are not against the person but the message she brings. Her message is not in favour of our morals and values.”

Since the tour was announced, individuals and other groups have expressed displeasure with Lady Gaga’s SA visit via electronic media.

According to John Langford, the chief operating officer at concert organiser Big Concerts, they were taking these messages seriously. He said: “We take all threats seriously. We respect the right of all South Africans to express their opinions, provided they do so within the structures provided for in our legislative system.”

The SACCYF has partnered with Afrocentric Solutions Network, the African International Gospel Explosion and the Global Christian Unity organisation.

Sonti admitted to not knowing much about the pop star or her music, saying: “I don’t listen to her music and it’s our partners that said we should have a petition. We would be happy with a thousand signatures”. He did not confirm how many signatures have been collected thus far.

The FNB Stadium, where the concert will take place in Joburg, seats 94 700.

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