Lady Gaga begins her world tour in Seoul on 27 April, but none of her under-18-year-old fans will be there following a u-turn from the Korea Media Rating Board.
The concert was originally was open for anyone over 12, but following a review, the government agency announced that no under-18 year olds will be allowed in the stadium. Now the 12 to 17 year olds who have bought tickets will have them refunded.
The Korea Media Rating Board did not give a reason for the change but Christian groups in South Korea have said Lady Gaga’s music is not suitable for children.
‘Our Christian community needs concerted action to stop young people from being infected with homosexuality and pornography,’ the Korean Association of Church Communication said in a statement, as reported ABS CBN News.
The lyrics to Lady Gaga’s hit Born This Way, after which this tour is named, champion the rights of marginalised groups including LGBT people. But the song is also unmistakably Christian with lyrics like: ‘'I'm beautiful in my way/'Cause God makes no mistakes'.
The tour also goes to Singapore, where homosexuality is still illegal. However, the concerts in the city state from 29 to 31 May are open to anyone over 12 years old.
A prominent Muslim in Indonesia, chair of the Indonesian Council of Ulema, Cholil Ridwan, urged people to stay away from Lady Gaga’s tour date in Jakarta, saying ‘[The concert is] intended to destroy the nation’s morality,’ according to The Jakarta Globe. More than 25,000 tickets were sold for the Jakarta concert in two hours.