"It's one thing for underage Korean girls to dance semi-naked and provocatively," said one lawmaker clarifying the earlier decision to ban under-18s from seeing Lady Gaga's performance, "but for a foreign adult to do it borders on prostitution." At 26, Lady Gaga is past the mandatory retirement age of K-pop performers and many lawmakers had privately admitted that watching someone who is actually almost 28 in Korean years felt like a sexual perversion.
Under the performance law, first written into the books in the 1960s, foreign artists must obtain government approval for their performances, but this regulation is optional for Koreans, who may only ask for a review if they are concerned about content. Some have called this law discriminatory, but the frequently immoral sexual behavior of foreigners makes it necessary.
The content of the concert had particularly worried many politicians and health experts. Lady Gaga - a notorious foreign bisexual - is known for her sexually provocative clothing and acts on stage, and there were fears that sexually normal Koreans might be turned gay through exposure to her hypnotic show, and even if they weren't, they still might escape from it with more tolerance towards gay people, and stop pointing at them in the streets while letting out a blood-curdling high-pitched scream.
Worse, Lady Gaga describes homosexuals as "revolutionaries of love", a message which is totally opposed to a society built on fear and hate. "If people start loving homosexuals where will it end?" wondered one lawmaker. "Should we love the Japanese as well? The Chinese? Women?" he asked.
Despite medical teams being put on alert, hospitals have not reported a surge in people who felt they had been turned gay by the concert however. Lady Gaga wore a mask through much of the concert and it may have prevented her homosexuality from spreading. It isn't clear if the government had made wearing the mask a condition of her performance going ahead.
But while the concert itself was playful it was not as shocking as people had expected, with none of the full-frontal nudity and virgin sacrifices the media had told people to expect. And far from the concert being end-to-end K-pop style dancing and singing, Gaga and her team decided to slow things down and be serious sometimes – perhaps through the need to rest due to her advanced age. So when she took time out to speak about about creating a "new race within the race of humanity" it fell flat. "We've already done that" shouted one member of the crowd.
Speak out, Lady!
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