Controversy in Korea

Lady Gaga’s concert tickets are selling quickly in South Korea, but only fans that are eighteen years or older can purchase one and attend her performance. There are a lot of people at the moment who are upset in Seoul, South Korea because the country has imposed an age restriction on her upcoming Born This Way Ball tour. People under the age of eighteen who bought tickets prior to this announcement are now being refunded. Originally children under the age of twelve couldn’t attend and ever since it was raised, Korean fans of Gaga are furious! Some adults are even speaking out for the under-aged people who want to go, and are trying to make the Government alter their outlook on Gaga.

Shouldn’t the parents be the judge of whether or not their children can attend a Lady Gaga concert? I think that is the correct thing to do in this situation. Let them be in charge. I don’t see why the Government had to get involved and make such a last minute decision. If they had felt so strongly against teenagers going to her concert, then they should have banned them from the get go, not after a majority of children who are twelve and above already bought their tickets. Gaga told the press that she believes it’s up to the parents to determine if a given event is appropriate for their kid. She wrote on her Twitter stating that, “although it’s not affecting ticket sales, parents should be given more credit to determine what’s good for their children.” She continued by saying, “Thank you to all the adults in Korea who are speaking out for under-aged kids who want to come. Maybe the Government will change their mind.”

“Our Christian community needs concerted action to stop young people from being infected with homosexuality and pornography,” said the Korean Association of Church Communication, referring to the controversial pop star of course. Gaga is, as we all know an outspoken gay-right advocate and is also well known for her sexually provocative outfits, music videos, and live shows. The Catholic Church officials were outraged with her music videos for the songs “Alejandro” and “Judas” for their secularized treatment of religious themes. For example in “Judas” she portrays Mary Magdalene and at the beginning she is seen riding on a motorcycle with the twelve disciples following slowly behind her. Many people saw this as offensive, but she told E! News that she didn’t view the video as a religious statement, but rather as a social or cultural statement meant to be a metaphor, and not a biblical lesson.

According to the Korea Media Rating Board, Gaga is now the fourth foreign artist to be banned for minors in the country. She joins fellow artists Marilyn Manson, 50 cent, and Jay-Z. Do you think South Korea’s decision was wise? How do you think Americans would react if this was implemented in the United States? Would you ever go to a Lady Gaga concert, why or why not?


One thought on “Controversy in Korea

  1. Emily Beall on said:

    That is unfortunate an age restriction was put on the concert. I think it’s a bit unfair and I think it’s silly to attribute a musician to being the cause of something like homosexuality or pornography. I think this decision obviously caused a lot of people to get upset. I don’t think it would have any impact on people who already liked her music. A 16 year old who previously liked Lady Gaga will continue to like her. I know Americans would probably riot or protest something like that. I know they would not be happy and would probably react a lot more strongly than those in South Korea. I would go to a Lady Gaga concert, I think it’d be a pretty fun show.

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