Comedian Margaret Cho wrote an essay for women’s blog Jezebel, saying she received a talking to at Korean L.A. spa Aroma Spa & Sports Monday morning due to her tattooed body.
The spa’s patrons generally use it in the nude. Cho says that a woman who worked at the spa came up to her, asked her to step out of the sauna, and told her, “I was making the women there upset with my heavily tattooed body. She was really sorry and embarrassed about it, and I felt bad, but I was actually enraged.”
Cho responded by pulling the celebrity card and saying in Korean, “Do you know who I am? I am Margaret Cho!”
The woman at the spa explained the taboo nature of tattoos in Korean culture, and Cho responded that she was aware of that. She agreed to cover herself up as much as possible, but still felt disapproving looks from those around her.
She told the proprietors of Aroma Spa that she wanted to join, but felt weird about her treatment. “I told them that Korean culture is one thing, but this place is in Los Angeles. We are not in Korea right now. This is America.”