Saturday, April 28, 2012
Lady Gaga In Seoul, Korea
The concert was held yesterday at the 1988 Olympic Stadium near the Han River. I went past there last year. Massive ugly concrete block of South Korean dictatorship architecture. Glad that Lady Gaga brought some light to that particular part of East Asia.
May 10th she arrives at Saitama Super Arena, here in Japan!
Glad also that Lady Gaga tries to raise awareness of issues that are not so much debated, but she could do better.
Japan and South Korea, so far away, yet so close... If you don't know anything about hard core Christians in South Korea, let me tell you, they have a lot of very hard core evangelist baptist whatever churches that we don't have here in Japan. Thus, their missionary seal may be difficult to comprehend. Japan is very liberal compared to other countries.
Here is a sample: Korean Christians aim to stop Lady Gaga's "pornographic" show
SEOUL (Reuters) - Christian groups in South Korea called on Friday for pop icon Lady Gaga to cancel her concert here saying it was "pornographic" and promoted homosexuality.
South Korea's government has already bowed to public pressure and banned under-18s from attending the 26-year old's concert, but protesters gathered outside the venue said that was not enough.
"Some people can accept this as another culture but its impact is huge beyond art and debases religions. Even adults can't see her performance which is too homosexual and pornographic," said Yoon Jung-hoon, a reverend who organized the "Civilians Network against the Lady Gaga Concert".
The singer's hit song "Born This Way" celebrates the empowerment of gay men and women, something that many in South Korea, which is the second most Christian country in Asia after the Philippines, say is an immoral lifestyle.
Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has been in Seoul for close on a week as she kicks off her Asian "Born this Way" tour.
"Nervous for tonight. Hope I make little monsters happy and proud," she Tweeted a few hours before the concert kicked off.
Yoon's group claims to have collected 5,000 supporters on Facebook against the concert and some have also called for a boycott of the sponsor Hyundai Card. The protesters have also threatened a boycott of its parent company, Hyundai Motor Co, South Korea's largest car-maker.
"The Christian Council of Korea with 12 million Christians and 55,000 churches will take all kinds of measures such as boycotting Hyundai Card to root out this kind of obscene culture," the council said in a statement.
Yoon said he would attend the concert to "monitor" the performance for homosexual content that could corrupt young people.
(Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by David Chance and Sanjeev Miglani)
They will prob. remove this video soon so do watch asap.
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