Love her or hate her—but there is simply no denying Lady Gaga the attention. The American actress landed at the Ninoy Aquino International airport onboard a private jet and went straight to Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City, Philippines.
She was closely guarded, no interviews were granted , and she stopped only to sign autographs while fans were screaming upon seeing the controversial star in person. This happens as youth Christian organizations were holding a protest to stop her concert, calling it demonic, evil and blasphemous.
Lady Gaga had her concert the next day, on May 21 and 22 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, as part of her ‘Born this Way’ Asian tour.
Some people called her performances unique or ahead of her time while critics were very keen on making their opinions heard, saying that those performances represent everything that is evil and corrupt. Particularly controversial nowadays is her portrayal of Mary Magdalene as a confused woman, torn between her love for Jesus and Judas Iscariot.
In the Philippines, this is just the type of concert that will certainly feed on the controversy. The country is torn between those that are deeply religious and those who think that religion is one of the major things holding the country back in its slow march to progress.
And so, while the faithful held their protests and fans defiantly scrambled for their tickets, nobody can really say with finality which side is right. Everything seems debatable. That Lady Gaga will earned millions amidst the madness, however, was sure.