The biggest pop culture event of the year is bound to be Lady Gaga’s concert at Jamsil Olympic Stadium on April 27. When Hyundai Card, the sponsor of the concert, succeeded in getting the singer to kick off her “The Born This Way Ball” tour in Seoul, it was praised for putting Korea on the pop culture map.
Tickets sold out fast, with the singer’s teen fans leading the way.
Buoyant anticipation turned to disappointment and rage when the Korea Media Rating Board decided late last month that no one under the age of 18 could attend the concert - even accompanied by an adult. The board, which is responsible for setting age limits on films and performances in Korea, said Lady Gaga’s songs were too provocative, especially “Just Dance,” a song about clubbing and drinking that has an over-18 rating by the Gender Equality Ministry’s Commission on Youth Protection.
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