Lady Gaga wants to go shopping in Bangkok … for a fake Rolex. She made the comment to her 24 million Twitter followers, sparking an uproar in Thailand where some fans called it … offensive, insulting and bad for the country’s image. It’s the latest publicity-making turn of events as Gaga travels through Asia. Her provocative lyrics and costumes have angered Christian groups in South Korea and the Philippines and Islamists in Indonesia, where the show may be banned. Now she is stirring nationalist fervor in Thailand, where people tend to get upset when the country’s seedy underworld is highlighted by outsiders. “We are more civilized than you think,” tweeted Thai DJ Surahit Siamwalla, who has a ticket to tonight’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 in the country: “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.”
Here is the tweet in questions:
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