Instead of banning teenagers from attending Lady Gaga’s two-night concert next week, Malacañang left the decision to their parents and guardians.
“Firstly, the guidance for teenagers will be up to their respective parents or their guardians,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said about the controversial shows on May 21 and 22 at the SM Arena in Pasay City.
Valte declined to comment further.
A religious group called Biblemode Youth Philippines is leading a campaign to have Lady Gaga banned in the Philippines. It said it will start a prayer vigil on Saturday until the artist arrives in Manila for her two-night concert.
Calling her the “anti-Christ,” the group criticized Lady Gaga for her skimpy costumes and provocative songs such as “Judas,” which it said is a direct insult to Jesus.
Renen de Guia of Ovation Productions Inc., the promoter of Lady Gaga’s shows in Manila, quickly dismissed the group’s claim that the artist is anti-Christ.
Millie Dizon of SM, meanwhile, said they have asked the production company to “make the presentation entertaining and fun,” and to “stay away from controversial songs.”
Lady Gaga has been refused a permit to perform in Jakarta next month after Islamic groups objected to her “vulgar” style.
Last month, the government of South Korea banned under-18s from attending Lady Gaga’s concert.