Lady Gaga, an American pop singer and songwriter, is well-recognized for her outré sense of style as a recording artist in fashion, performance, and in her music videos. Her hit albums, which include singles like “Poker Face” and “Just Dance”, have marked an all time record in sales all across the globe! And when Lady Gaga launches her “Born this Way Ball” tour, the fans in Asia will be the first to see it. South Korea is first on the list, dated for Friday April 27 in the capital city of Seoul at the Olympic Stadium.
But if you’re not a big fan of Lady Gaga, you’re not alone.
Lady Gaga’s concert scheduled in Seoul has stirred up much controversy, as some conservative South Korean Christians have been protesting against Lady Gaga, praying for the cancellation of her concert. They refuse to allow their younger generation to become infected by Lady Gaga as they claim her image and music promotes homosexuality, violence and suicide.
But some criticized the controversy of Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way Ball” concert in Seoul an “overreaction”.
Initially the concert was deemed suitable for anyone over the age of 12. But restrictions have been made by the Korea Media Rating Board banning children under the age of 18 from attending the concert even if accompanied by an adult.
About 300 tickets had to be refunded to those children who are not of age to attend.
Of course, even the US puts restrictions on concerts most frequently being 18+ or 21+ based on the availability of alcohol; not based on homosexuality and insulting Christianity or the worry of “infection” towards our youth.
Yes, Lady Gaga has portrayed some strange fashion and has provocatively showcased her sexuality with no shame, but is there convincing evidence that Lady Gaga’s music and concert can be “hazardous” to Korean teens?
Regardless of the controversy, the concert tickets have been sold out and Lady Gaga is still scheduled to perform at the Olympic Stadium this Friday and continues her tour throughout Asia; Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, Manila, Bangkok, and Singapore.
A Christian group put out posters across the city accusing Lady Gaga of spreading “unhealthy sexual culture” through “lewd lyrics and performances”. The posters were soon taken down by city officials.