Christian groups in South Korea are protesting Lady Gaga’s April 27 world tour opener in Seoul, claiming her songs promote homosexuality and pornography.
The government had already restricted the show to people over the age of 17 due to what officials deemed the licentious content of some of her songs.
The Korean Association of Church Communication said it would take further action “to stop young people from being infected with homosexuality and pornography.”
The coalition held a group prayer April 22 in downtown Seoul in front of the headquarters of concert sponsor Hyundai Card.
Some 300 people attended the rally.
“We will pray to God that the concert will not be realized so that homosexuality and pornography will not spread around the country,” said protest organizer Kang Ju-hyun of the Alliance for Sound Culture in Sexuality.
The group had already distributed banners in the capital accusing the singer of “spreading unhealthy sexual culture” with “lewd lyrics and performances.” All were promptly removed by city officials.
Lady Gaga happened to be in South Korea at the time, having arrived a full week before the concert.
Gaga’s Asia tour has shaped up into one of the most elaborate ever undertaken by a Western pop artist, showcasing the region as a virtual goldmine.
Other acts who will embark on extensive Asian tours this year include Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, Jason Mraz and Foster the People.
Radiohead plans to hit Taiwan, Japan and South Korea in July.
Alan Ridgeway, president of international markets for Live Nation, which is supporting the Gaga tour, said the reason more artists are coming is because they can now go beyond Japan, the only country previously that could afford to pay for big tours.
“Now as we see increasing demand from other markets such as South Korea, China and Indonesia, it becomes possible to route a financially viable multi-date tour through the region.”