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Lady Gaga Greeted By Korean Hypocrisy and Blasphemy

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Can It Really Be This Easy?
For those of you that don’t know, Lady Gaga is coming to Korea, to start her Born This Way worldwide tour. Popular? You could say that. According to Wikipedia, “she has sold an estimated 23 million albums and 64 million singles worldwide,[1] which makes her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. As of 8 April 2012, she has sold 7,246,566 singles in the United Kingdom.[2]” Somehow, the headlines around Lady Gaga’s arrival in Korea is being shared with…protests by Korean Christian groups. The very nature of these protests displays why Korea remains an enigma to many. “Enigma” is a carefully, tactfully chose word; other words that can be used are “incomprehensible” or “pathetic.” In any case, this type of behavior, and the publicity being shown upon it, is definitely an Annoying Thing About Korea.

Hypocrisy First
Told you this was going to be easy. Turn on Korean TV for about a nanosecond. Flip through about 5 channels. There, you will find a line of dancing girls between the ages of 18 and 25, wearing threads disguised as miniskirts. Go to any car/motorcyle/camera exhibit and you get the same thing. Wanna see some examples? Ever hear of YouTube?


Need more? Soju, the national drink of Korea, has this type of advertisement. Everywhere. The photo is from this excellent article in the blog The Grand Narrative.
You could, in your wildest imagination, say that this is represents the smallest slice of Korean society. You would be dead wrong. It is pervasive. These videos and advertisements are everywhere. Do the groups protesting against Lady Gaga as “inappropriate for minors,” suggest a 24-hour curfew for the youth of Korea?

 

Blasphemy Exemplified
Don’t like Lady Gaga? Fine. You don’t get it, but whatever. Use the church and Christianity as the vessel through which you protest? Disgusting blasphemy. Let’s leave aside, for the moment, the obvious question of why the The Korean Association of Church Communication and the Alliance for Sound Culture In Sexuality are not parked in front of every TV and advertisement in the nation. Instead, let’s ask the simplest of Sunday school questions. Ever hear of the phrase, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Evidently, that lesson went untaught in Korea, or perhaps more to the point, the listeners weren’t listening at all.

Wait, there is more, and it is specific to Lady Gaga. Let me first say that I am a newly-converted fan. At first, I had doubts about her as a Madonna-wannabe. However, there are certain incontrovertible facts. Among them are that she has written her own lyrics. I am quite certain that we can rest at night with the notion that JYP’s groups have nothing to do with the composition of classics such as “Nobody,” or “Gee.” In addition, if you actually took time to listen to the lyrics, you get a message that isn’t against Christian (or other religious) ideals, either.
Example, here are lyrics from “Born This Way.”

“I’m beautiful in my way, God makes no mistakes, I’m on the right track baby, I was born this way.”

Hardly against religious ideals. Those ideals were largely learned from her upbringing at one of the most expensive private Catholic schools in Manhattan. For church groups to be those leading the protests is misguided, at best. That is as tactfully as it can be stated.

What Other Conclusion Is There?
So advanced, and so primitive. That is Korea. Advanced technology, advanced education, advanced infrastructure. Bias, social inequality and blatant prejudice, however, coexist in Korea with the advanced nature of Korea’s economy. Perhaps that is the aim of Korea: to keep outsiders out, and to make non-Koreans uncomfortable in Korea. This little episode? Another example of how and why foreigners may not fully accept Korea. Episodes like this make Korea difficult to defend.

That isn’t to say that Lady Gaga will be poorly received in Korea. I guarantee you that by the time that the concert occurs, those attending will not have the pointless protests in mind. So while it is virtually assured that the concert will be an enormous success (it follows her, and she is a master at creating it), it is unfortunate that the primitive aspects of Korea must also be on display for the world to observe.



Travis Kemp
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you left out the closeted download pirates who probably listen to her music illegally, young and old, christian and heathen alike.

sinparam
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"Another example of how and why foreigners may not fully accept Korea. Episodes like this make Korea difficult to defend."

Sorry mate but I gotta say I don't really follow you. Because a retarded Christian group protests to Lady Gaga’s arrival in Korea, you come to the conclusion that "Bias, social inequality and blatant prejudice, however, coexist in Korea with the advanced nature of Korea’s economy."? And you come to the conclusion that Koreans, as nation of 50 million individuals, are hypocrites? Korea is difficult to "defend" exactly against what anyway?

For starters, retarded people exist in every country, whether developed, advanced, industrialized, or poor, underdeveloped, or third world. I mean seriously, don't even let me begin about the USA and its fundamentalist Christian movements, the Tea Party, the ultra-conservatives, the neo-nazis, the rednecks and their guns, and the list could go on and on. There is much more to "bias, social inequality, and blatant prejudice" in a great deal of other developed economies (with the US probably topping the list), and I personally don't see these attributes in any excessive fashion in Korea.

I certainly wouldn't have minded if your attack was directed at retarded religious groups, but I simply don't get the sudden bust of anger toward "Korea," as if a conservative Christian group suddenly was synonym with "Korea" and was suddenly making it difficult for foreigners to "understand Korea". Maybe you should chill out and drop some of YOUR prejudices mate...

 

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Blasphemy Exemplified
Don’t like Lady Gaga? Fine. You don’t get it, but whatever...

You have made a blanket statement that whoever does not care for her music does not "get it"? That is bold...

Let me first say that I am a newly-converted fan....

Tells us much.

if you actually took time to listen to the lyrics, you get a message that isn’t against Christian (or other religious) ideals, either.

Example, here are lyrics from “Born This Way.”

“I’m beautiful in my way, God makes no mistakes, I’m on the right track baby, I was born this way.”

Hardly against religious ideals. Those ideals were largely learned from her upbringing at one of the most expensive private Catholic schools in Manhattan. For church groups to be those leading the protests is misguided, at best. That is as tactfully as it can be stated.

Wow, you are justifying immorally lascivious behavior with her attending catholic school. If you consider her behavior something other please see Webster's description and apply it as needed in your gray matter.

What Other Conclusion Is There?
 

Glad you asked, people have the right to protest things they think are wrong. It is allowed in Korea as it is elsewhere. I am not defending the act of the group, simply pointing out your ridiculous conclusions and extreme bias...

P.S. just read your rag about Japan and this whole thing made sense now...

​Have a good day chum.

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Please bring your comments to the blog.  We can debate whether it is correct of me to hold Korea to this set of standards, and why my articles have this particular point of view. 

teachkorea21
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I suppose that since you posted on this website, you have to deal with people commenting here.

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