Lady Gaga is preparing to host another concert in Bangkok this Friday, but Thai fans are not thrilled about it because of the singer’s recent Twitter activity. The “Born This Way” interpreter expressed her intention to purchase a fake Rolex watch and many Bangkok followers were offended by her comment.
Lady Gaga likes to portray herself as the protector of bullied people and the advocate of acceptance among people. Despite this, the singer has fallen victim to one of the ugliest prejudices related to Thai inhabitants, namely that they produce fake products, such as, watches and bags.
The interpreter landed in Bangkok on Wednesday in order to sustain a new concert on Friday. Soon after her landing, Gaga took to Twitter to keep her followers up to date with the latest events. She told them that she can’t wait to get lost in the ladies’ market and purchase fake Rolex watches. What was probably meant to be a sincere post was interpreted as a negative comment by Thai people who are known to copycat many international brands.
Many fans showed their discontent towards the artist’s attitude. Among them was Thai DJ Surahit Siamwalla who tweeted in response that Bangkok is not as backward as she might think. Siamwalla bought tickets for the Friday show, but decided to boycott it after Gaga’s comment. Nont Armarttasn, a Thai fan, wrote on his Facebook page that Bangkok has a lot to offer besides counterfeit products. He sarcastically invited Lady Gaga to visit the city hoping that she might find some of her counterfeit CDs.
This is not the first mean comment that the singer makes in relation to Asian cities. She declared upon her arrival in Hong Kong on April 30 that she likes the city because “you can work out & buy a fake Birkin on the same street”.
Even though Thai nationalists were upset about Gaga’s comment, some fans were anxiously waiting for the American pop star to make her appearance on the airport. They were all very happy to receive autographs and hugs from the star.