‘Don’t blame Gaga, talk to your kids instead’

Posted at 05/22/12 1:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Instead of blaming Lady Gaga for her so-called blasphemous songs, guide your kids into making good decisions, a senator advised parents.

Senator Pia Cayetano made the statement on Monday night, during the first concert of Lady Gaga at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Cayetano said parents should reach out to their children to find out what attracts them to a certain artist or type of music, instead of making all the decisions for them.

Parents, she said, are tasked to help kids “think on their own, learn to appreciate what is acceptable and not acceptable to them, and learn to tolerate and respect other people’s legitimate views.”

“Different things can be viewed as offensive by different people. If you think it is, then protect your kids from it,” she said on Twitter.

“You protect by molding your child, instilling values so they can think on their own,” she added. “I explain to my kids that exposure to bad influence can weaken their defenses, can compromise their judgment.”

Since last week, a number of groups have been holding protests so that Lady Gaga’s concerts in Manila would not push through.

They criticized the American pop singer for her songs, which allegedly offend their religious beliefs.

During her first show yesterday, Lady Gaga defied criticisms and threats from conservative Christians, saying, “I’m not a creature of your government, Manila.”

Her second concert will take place tonight, also at the Mall of Asia Arena.