Popstar Lady Gaga has caused a stir in Southeast Asia with a throwaway comment on Twitter in which she declared “I wanna buy a fake Rolex” moments after landing in Bangkok.
The tweet was sent to Gaga’s 24 million Twitter followers after she landed in Thailand as part of Born This Way Ball tour.
Lady Gaga wrote: ‘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.’
According to the Daily Mail the comment has stirred “nationalist fervor” in Thailand, “where people tend to get upset when the country’s seedy underworld is highlighted by outsiders”.
A number of angered fans took to Twitter to vent their offence at Gaga’s comments. A Thai DJ called Surahit Siamwalla wrote “We are more civilised than you think”, while a Thai web forum featured commentary that said Gaga has “come to our home but instead of admiring us, she insulted us”.
Gaga has made previous references to buying counterfeit goods on Twitter. While in Hong Kong last month she Tweeted after an exercise class: “’I love this city. You can work out & buy a fake Birkin on the same street.’