Lady Gaga has upset fans in Thailand by saying she wants to go shopping in Bangkok – for a fake Rolex.
The singer made the comment to her 24 million Twitter followers, sparking an online uproar today as some Thai fans called it offensive, insulting and bad for the country’s image.
I just landed in Bangkok baby! Ready for 50,000 screaming Thai monsters. I wanna get lost in a lady market and buy fake Rolex.— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 23, 2012
Lady Gaga is on tour in Asia where her provocative lyrics and costumes have angered Catholic groups in South Korea and the Philippines and Islamists in Indonesia, where the show may be banned.
Now she is stirring nationalist fervour in Thailand, where people often get upset when the country’s seedy underworld is highlighted by outsiders.
Lady Gaga posted her comment after arriving in Bangkok yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s show.
“We are more civilised than you think,” tweeted Thai DJ Surahit Siamwalla, who has a ticket to tomorrow’s show in Bangkok but said he plans to boycott.
“She came to our home, but instead of admiring us she insulted us,” said a commentator on popular Thai web board pantip.com.
Lady Gaga posted her tweet shortly after her private jet arrived last night: “I just landed in Bangkok baby! Ready for 50,000 screaming Thai monsters. I wanna get lost in a lady market and buy fake Rolex.”
It is unclear what a “lady market” is but some Thai fans assumed she meant the popular outdoor Ladies Market in Hong Kong, where she already toured – and also eyed the luxury fakes.
Not all Thai fans objected to the off-colour comment. A screaming mob greeted Lady Gaga at the airport. Crowds thronged her 5-star hotel, where she signed autographs and hugged one female fan who left in tears.
People have camped outside Rajamangala stadium for days, hoping to be first inside and win the prize of meeting the pop star in person.