Lady Gaga canceled her sold-out show in Jakarta, Indonesia, after Islamist hard-liners threatened violence, claiming her sexy clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt the youth. Some fans accused police — who refused to issue a permit over concerns about security — of buckling to a small group. The planned ‘‘Born This Way Ball’’ concert has been on-again-off-again from the start. Minola Sebayang, a lawyer for Big Daddy, the promoter of the June 3 show (and who promised full refunds), said, ‘‘It’s unfortunate. But with threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga’s side is calling it off. This is not only about Lady Gaga’s security, but extends to those who will be watching her.’’ (AP)
Obamas see Beyoncé
Michelle Obama was out with the girls this weekend at a sold-out Beyoncé concert in Atlantic City. The first lady was with daughters Sasha and Malia at Revel Resorts, where Beyoncé performed Saturday night. President Obama did not attend, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie did. Mrs. Obama recently told People magazine that if she could be anyone else, it would be Beyoncé. (AP)
“[My agent] was like no one’s going to offer you that part. I was like, thanks for the reassurance.” - Robert Pattinson, to USA Today, ending rumors that he’ll be offered the part of Finnick Odair in the“Hunger Games” sequel.