US pop star Lady Gaga has kicked off her Born This Way Ball tour with a concert in Seoul that fans under the age of 18 were forbidden to attend.
Protests in the South Korean capital prompted authorities to make the gig an adults-only event earlier this month.
The pressure seems to have come from Christian groups. South Korea is approximately 40-45% Christian, but they are fervent in their beliefs. South Korea produces more missionaries than any other country in the world, besides the US (whose population is six times larger)
She may encounter further trouble on her east Asian tour.
Gaga potentially faces further backlash from other religious groups as the tour continues. Her upcoming stops include Hong Kong, Taipei, Manila, Singapore and Jakarta over the next few weeks, before she heads to Australia and New Zealand.
“I call on Lady Gaga to respect our cultural and traditional values. Most people here are Muslims and we cannot tolerate her revealing outfits and sexy performances,” Amidhan, leader of Indonesia’s Muslim clerical body the Ulema Council, told Agence France-Presse.
“It’s better for Lady Gaga to cancel her show in this country if she has no willingness to respect our demand. Please do not destroy our nation’s morality and ruin our dignity.”