Korean Christians up in arms over Gaga's 'pornographic' show
April 27th, 2012
04:33 PM ET

Korean Christians up in arms over Gaga's 'pornographic' show

Judging from her recent tweets, Lady Gaga was beyond excited to perform her "Born This Way" tour stop in South Korea Friday, but not everyone has welcomed the pop star with open arms.

Christian groups throughout the country were reportedly petitioning for Gaga to cancel her Friday concert, calling her show “pornographic” and a promotion of homosexuality.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Korean government banned kids under 18 from attending the concert in response to intense pressure from the public.

Yoon Jung-hoon, a reverend who helped organize the "Civilians Network against the Lady Gaga Concert” movement, told the Tribune his group collected 5,000 supporters on Facebook, and that they've called for a boycott of the show's sponsor, Hyundai Card, in addition to the Hyundai Motor Company, Korea's largest automaker.

"Some people can accept this as another culture, but its impact is huge beyond art and debases religions,” he explains. “Even adults can't see her performance, which is too homosexual and pornographic."

Gaga's actually been in Seoul for nearly a week, and was amped to take the stage on Friday. "Nervous for tonight," she tweeted prior to the show today. "Hope I make little monsters happy and proud."

Filed under: Celebrities • Lady Gaga

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  1. dark

    these comments suck cuz there are no thumbs. whos with me! oh..wait.

    May 26, 2012 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Insomniak79

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      May 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |

    "Christians" they are so annoying. Jesus loved his Hoes, (remember Mary Magdeline).

    May 26, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. jamessavik

    Never cared for lady Ca Ca but if it makes Christians nervous, c'est la guerre.

    May 25, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. slaveworld

    Last Halloween there was a girl going around dressed up like Gaga calling herself, Lady D!ck Suck

    May 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BriSoFla

    If you have nothing nice to say... then dont say anything, close your browser, shutdown your computer, go outside and have a nice day.

    May 25, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. BriSoFla

    If you have nothing nice to say... then dont say anything, close your browser, shutdown your computer, go outside and have a nice day.

    May 25, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. WASP

    take it from someone that has been to korea; the koreans have no right to boycott lady gaga for her show being "por-no-gra-phic" when they run drinky-girl bars that hold russian and phillipine women hostage as s-e-x sl-aves. i was there and it was disgusting. hey korea clean up your own trash first before attacking someone else.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Kruiznik

      Dang wasp, and no one is doing anything about that? That's one of the things I cannot stand, in this world. Guess our news media does a good job of covering it up.

      May 24, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr Pheer

      I miss the drinky-girls in Itaewon.

      May 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. thejakeyl88

    After reading through a hundred or so comments, I find it sad that less than 10 had anything interesting to say. Most comments do not even seem filtered through a brain, as if a machine spit them out. I like comments that you can tell came from a person who is caring, cares about issues enough to not blind themselves with hate.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. thejakeyl88

    Because some religious people didn't like a show, thought it was too raunchy, we should let North Korea just wipe them out? Some of you are FAR MORE zealous, evil and full of hatred than any Christian I've ever met. There is no duality here, its all one and the same, you are all acting the SAME WAY, the principle is the same! The content of the argument may differ, but its exactly the same base complaints all around.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. thejakeyl88

    Also, if none of you "see" what is being imposed onto you by non religious people, and satanic elites who have controlled all currency and wealth on this planet for over 2500 years, than you need to jump out of your box because they have you in financial shackles, with no ability to ever pay off the debt they created for you! The evil out there is so far beyond anything any christian could accomplish or do, and yet everyone is focused on hating these people because they are offended by a show, BIG F ING DEAL, WOW!!!

    May 24, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Saywhatyoumean

    What part of "mind your own business" do these so-called Christians not understand ? It's in their Bible -1 Thessalonians 4:11 they should probably look that up sometime when their not intruding on the rights of others.

    May 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      It also says to stand up against what is wrong. Don't quote the Bible when you don't know the rest of what is in it.

      May 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Smako

    Maybe we should let North Korea run them over. At least North Korea is aware who Lady Gaga is. It seems the South didn't know what she is about until she stood on the stage.

    May 23, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. EarlGrayHot

    Religion should remain personal, not pushed onto others.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cobra6

    For those who are unfamiliar with the very particular brand of christianity that has Korea and its expat communities in a death grip, Korean christians tend to be among the most fanatical, overbearing, judgemental, and obnoxious christians anywhere on earth. I say that as a Korean. That preacher in NC who wants to put gays in a concentration camp would fit right in in thousands of Korean churches.

    In Korea, christians routinely break into ancient Buddhist shrines, break statuary, and spray paint insults and pro-christian slogans over the shrines. They send missionaries to Afghanistan to convert people even when the government says not to, and when the missionaries are kidnapped, they besiege the government to pay money or do something to rescue the missionaries. They vote for known, convicted criminals because that candidate is a preacher, that is the only issue they care about. It's all about money and publicity, Yoon Jung Hoon probably just wants to run for office.

    May 23, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. greensoju

    The whole premise of the story is bogus. I lived in S. Korea for 9 years and there are loads of gay Korean men and women. If Lady Gaga was Korean, she'd be a hero to the Korean people. Take the case of Heinz Ward, Super Bowl champion receiver, whose mother is Korean. The adore him, and he only has one Korean parent. Now consider that guy who blew away 33 people at Virginia Tech. Although his mother and father were both born in Korea, but Koreans do not consider him a true Korean. Korean people have two sides of their mouths and they use them both freely.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  16. pat carr

    Sigh! Christians again, always being offended about something. stupid religion

    May 22, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amr Azim


      May 23, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Church of Suicidal

      Actually, I can. But then again, I'm a vampire. The non-sparkly kind.

      May 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  17. snowyowl

    @jh1111: "She is becoming immensely popular among young children and they are very easily influenced.. When you are old enough to make your own decisions about your own life then fine...go ahead and watch whatever you want."

    So apparently you think it's OK to brainwash kids with religion before they are old enough to make their own decisions. That way they can grow up to become fine upstanding christian bigots.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  18. palouse

    American pop culture is embarrassing. In reading these posts I am stunned at the hypocrisy among the so-called tolerant in our midst. Many of you would stand, cheer, and get drunk with joy if burning Christians at the stake was legal. HATEFUL BIGOTS screaming, "Hateful bigots!" at Christians. You hypocrites!

    May 22, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Can U handle the truth

      NO ! I really think you have that wrong ! Why you ask , well let me tell you first before you get your self up in a up roar ! First I haven't read any of these commits but after reading yours I just had to respond ! I call myself a christian also but I don't believe that I have the right to impose my will on to anyone else which it seems that you wish and the rest of the christian right are trying to do ! For some reason which escapes me why is it that the right doesn't get it about the separation of church and state that I grew up with . Let me put it this way you as a christian must understand that no one is trying to impose there belief on you , you have to understand that you are just one voice in a chorus of many voices . In this country no one voice out shines the other as it seems that the right seems to think . The only thing that you can control is what goes on in you own house , just as long as it doesn't bother anyone else . That's how you should be that way you won't get your blood pressure up and we both know that's not good ! Now I feel very strong about that and will fight any religious right person that would attempt to take my freedom away from me ! Hope you understand ! If not well then tough !!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin W. Clark

      Someone forgot their meds today, silly Christian.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat carr

      whine whine whine. cry me a river. how many centuries have we had to put up with christ's insanity? how "tolerant" is that ugly belief system?

      take your tolerance and insert it where the sun doesn't shine.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fladabosco

      That's ridiculous. The idea that because people want to tolerate a show that's a bit edgy that they would be OK with killing people?

      By the way her show is nothing compared to what you could see in Tokyo (or I bet Seoul or Pyongyang if you have enough power) or Beijing or anywhere else. It's more popular but bawdy shows have been around as long as shows.

      May 23, 2012 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Saywhatyoumean

      Yes you're right, we just want to burn Christians alive and sacrifice them to our pagan gods while drinking the blood of infants all the while getting our groove on to Lady Gaga- you found us out !

      May 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  19. MarkinFL

    Anne, I guess letting people know that it is OK to be who you are is attacking your beliefs? You clearly believe it is your right to belittle other people's lives.
    Well, that leaves you open for belittling. I have little tolerance for bigots. And if you think that makes me a bigot, then it just illustrates your extreme ignorance.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  20. WOWER


    May 2, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  21. pacman357

    LOL. But they are OK with crappy music? Someone show this story to N. Korea. Perhaps they will lose interest in invading S. Korea, then spend what little money they have on feeding their starving citizens.

    April 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |

      It may be crappy music to you, because you are probably referring to KPOP, which by the way is becoming a global phenomenon... its not everyone's cup of tea..but comparing one genre of music to lady gaga's performances, which are not suitable for children is not a comparable thing. o.O

      May 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  22. TommyBoy

    "Born too G@y"

    April 29, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  23. morris day

    *squats and takes a huge dump on stage so lady gaga can swan dive into it. blowflies begin swarming and fed off the corn in the turds*

    April 29, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  24. Måd

    We all know North Korea is best Korea anyway. Gaga should do a show there for the Dear Leader. I'm sure that would turn out great.

    April 28, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  25. Lonnie

    Did she forget to cover up her junk again?

    April 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  26. anne

    Don't blame just Christians for anti-Gaga feelings. She's a talentless exhibitionist who will say or do anything for attention. Her fans evidently care nothing about music or vocal ability–just freakishness and arrogance.

    April 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  27. ProperVillain

    I grew up in the 70's and 80's when a bunch of Christian groups were banging the drum against heavy metal, Madonna, Alice Cooper, or any other type of music that they didn't like. With all of the problems in the world I can't believe the Christian community still does this. Really people, it just is trivial and silly.

    April 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • danielwalldammit

      But of course without them, some of this entertainment would be nowhere near as interesting. someone has to generate the taboos for others to break.

      April 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Now it is Kore's turn I suppose. Christians here have pretty much given up on trying to stop modern culture. They finally figured out that making news by threatening boycotts and trying to ban things just increases their visibility and makes people wonder what all the fuss is about. Christians used to be the best free advertising.

      May 21, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • jh1111

      Please do not make such ignorant comments. This isn't the only issue that Christians look at.. they go out and build water wells for people who have to hike miles and miles for clean drinking water, etc... The lady gaga issue is not a trivial one. She is becoming immensely popular among young children and they are very easily influenced.. When you are old enough to make your own decisions about your own life then fine...go ahead and watch whatever you want. They are only trying to protect their children.. geez.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • viaquest

      right , Tipper Gore already tried this is America , where's Dee Snider when you need him ?

      May 22, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • thejakeyl88

      Standing up for what you believe in, no matter what, even when the crowd is AGAINST you, in honorable. Forget the content. Its the act that matters when your long gone from this world. What will be remembered the haters who did nothing but hate online, or those who stood on principle and values regardless of what the "world" was saying......

      May 24, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  28. Lou Cypher

    what, are they afraid she's gonna wave her weiner at everyone? she's helping me destroy decency and religion across the planet. one of my best ideas yet!

    April 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |

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