A few weeks ago we got a sneak peek at the set and then the costume designs for Lady Gaga’s upcoming world tour. We have been hearing a bit about the singer’s Born This Way Ball, and now Gaga is in Seoul, Korea, for her first stop on the world tour only to be facing religious protesters who are trying to rally to get the concert shut down or made “adults only.” According to the BBC, a rally has flared up outside the South Korean capitol’s Olympic Stadium ahead of the performance and activists have been protesting all week, calling Lady Gaga’s music and performances “obscene” and “tainting” young people.
This pic was taken of Lady Gaga arriving in Seoul ahead of her first concert.
One group calling itself the Civilians Network against the Lady Gaga Concert said her show was “too homosexual and pornographic.” Reverend Yoon Jung-hoon, who organized the group, told Reuters the Christian Council of Korea “will take all measures such as boycotting Hyundai Card [a sponsor of Gaga’s tour] to root out this kind of obscene culture.”
Lady Gaga is clearly pretty devastated about these comments. She tweeted on Thursday night, “I can hear you, Korea. I’m shaking.” Whatever people think about Gaga’s style, and I know that not all the readers of this blog are her fans, this is still upsetting given that Lady Gaga is such an outspoken advocate for gay rights and empowering people to promote and encourage difference and diversity. She is a leading anti bully advocate, having opened up recently about being bullied as a teenager, and now is being bullied again in some ways. Boycotting her sponsors is a pretty drastic move, but as I understand it, the rally has been small and the protesters are a contained group, so I don’t think the ramifications will be wide scale.
I know y’all don’t love her, but is Gaga really ‘obscene’ and ‘tainting’ young people?0