MANILA, Philippines – The protest against Lady Gaga’s music remains alive even a month after her two-night concert here. A religious group is said to have turned its attention on Filipino designer Kermit Tesoro who has made outfits for the award-winning singer-songwriter.
Without naming names, Kermit tweeted on June 26, “The concert’s done okay? Stop going after me, don’t make me do a holy collection to shut you up because it will be blasphemous.”
The internationally-renowned designer, and even his family, have been receiving threats, according to TV host-real estate heiress Divine Lee.
“They are conducting a ‘witch hunting’ daw. Magagalit si bro nyan…
“Nakakaawa kasi susugurin daw sya sa bahay, and they are threatening him. I dont think na ganyan ang turo ng Diyos,” she tweeted.
Divine lamented that the religious group should’ve “researched” about the designer and examined his creations, noting that Kermit has a fascination for human anatomy.
“And the funny thing pa is that, this designer must be one of the most religious person i know. pati buong pamilya nya… Baka masmemorize pa nya ang bible kaysa sa inyo,” said she.
Incorporating skulls in his designs doesn’t make him satanic, maintained Divine. “Check his line. May muscles din.”
Divine went on to appeal, “huwag sana natin gamitin ang pangalan ng Diyos to hurt other ppl. harrassment is harrassment. ano ba yung witch hunting. kalowka.”
Although apparently exasperated over the hullabaloo, Kermit thanked Divine for standing up for him, as seen in this tweet:
“nakakabaliw, what’s next? burn me at the stake? and I’m not part of any secret society! Kayo ang secret society ko!”
Kermit, famous for his heel-less shoes creation, designed the rubber outfit that Lady Gaga wore in her “Marry The Night” video and album art shoot together with fellow artist Leeroy New. The “Born This Way” singer donned another one of Kermit’s masterpieces – a stunning bejeweled body armor – when she flew to Thailand after her shows in the Philippines. Kermit, according to Divine, personally gave the outfit to Gaga.
Various religious quarters have voiced out disapproval over Lady Gaga’s allegedly “offensive” music. Her two shows in Manila pushed through amid calls and prayer vigils for their cancellation. She, however, was banned from performing in Indonesia.