Lady Gaga angers Thai fans with fake Rolex comment

May 25, 2012, 06:10 IST | Agencies

Lady Gaga, whose Asian tour has been beset by issues, has sparked online outrage after a joke about Thailand's reputation for knock-off shopping, by saying she wanted to go and buy a fake Rolex in Bangkok.

The singer made the comment to her 24 million Twitter followers, sparking an online uproar on Thursday in Thailand where some fans called it offensive, insulting and bad for the country’s image.

Lady Gaga’s 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 tend to get upset when the country’s seedy underworld is highlighted by outsiders.
“We are more civilised than you think,” tweeted Thai DJ Surahit Siamwalla. “She came to our home, but instead of admiring us, she insulted us,” said another.

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