Opinion: Lady Gaga, Mideo Cruz, and Freedom of Expression

Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball in the Philippines. Image from http://www.philippineconcerts.com

I disagree with the idea that the success of the two-night Lady Gaga concert in the Philippines amid protests denouncing her “artistry” attests to our country’s high regard of freedom of expression. That’s a joke. What transpired, despite the favorable ending, is hardly a cause for celebration.

The fact that you have prominent personalities who tried to use their influence to stop the concert reveals how little some of us value artistic freedom. And while it is their right to voice their opinion and organize protests, the vehement opposition to the concert of an artist whose music is played over and over again on television, radio, and the Internet  is just absurd. Read more of this post