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South Korean Christians say no, no to Lady Gaga

A protestors holds a placard against Lad

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A protestors holds a placard against Lady Gaga ahead of her concert outside Seoul's Olympic Stadium on April 27, 2012. Tens of thousands of South Koreans flocked to the opening show of Lady Gaga's global tour on April 27, amid colourful scenes as female and male fans donned outrageous outfits in honour of the US pop diva.

South Korean Christian activists hold a

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South Korean Christian activists hold a rally opposing the concert of Lady Gaga near Seoul's Olympic Stadium on April 27, 2012. Tens of thousands of South Koreans flocked to the opening show of Lady Gaga's global tour on April 27, amid colourful scenes as female and male fans donned outrageous outfits in honour of the US pop diva.

South Korean fans attend Lady Gaga's con

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South Korean fans attend Lady Gaga's concert outside Seoul's Olympic Stadium on April 27, 2012. Tens of thousands of South Koreans flocked to the opening show of Lady Gaga's global tour on April 27, amid colourful scenes as female and male fans donned outrageous outfits in honour of the US pop diva.

South Korean Christian activists hold a

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South Korean Christian activists hold a rally opposing the concert of Lady Gaga near Seoul's Olympic Stadium on April 27, 2012. Tens of thousands of South Koreans flocked to the opening show of Lady Gaga's global tour on April 27, amid colourful scenes as female and male fans donned outrageous outfits in honour of the US pop diva.

Members of South Korea's Alliance for So

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Members of South Korea's Alliance for Sound Culture In Sexuality puts up a street banner against Lady Gaga's Seoul concert in downtown Seoul on April 23, 2012. Conservative South Korean Christians accused the US pop star of advocating homosexuality and pornography.

South Korean Christian activists hold a

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South Korean Christian activists hold a rally opposing the concert of Lady Gaga near Seoul's Olympic Stadium on April 27, 2012. Tens of thousands of South Koreans flocked to the opening show of Lady Gaga's global tour on April 27, amid colourful scenes as female and male fans donned outrageous outfits in honour of the US pop diva.

South Korean fans gather for a concert b

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South Korean fans gather for a concert by Lady Gaga outside Seoul's Olympic Stadium on April 27, 2012. Tens of thousands of South Koreans flocked to the opening show of Lady Gaga's global tour on April 27, amid colourful scenes as female and male fans donned outrageous outfits in honour of the US pop diva.

Protestors hold placards against Lady Ga

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Protestors hold placards against Lady Gaga ahead of her concert outside Seoul's Olympic Stadium on April 27, 2012. Tens of thousands of South Koreans flocked to the opening show of Lady Gaga's global tour on April 27, amid colourful scenes as female and male fans donned outrageous outfits in honour of the US pop diva.

A South Korean man holds a placard again

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A South Korean man holds a placard against Lady Gaga ahead of her concert outside Seoul's Olympic Stadium on April 27, 2012. Tens of thousands of South Koreans flocked to the opening show of Lady Gaga's global tour on April 27, amid colourful scenes as female and male fans donned outrageous outfits in honour of the US pop diva.

South Koreans present proof of age docum

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South Koreans present proof of age documents at an adult certification kiosk before attending a concert by US pop singer Lady Gaga outside Seoul's Olympic Stadium on April 27, 2012. Tens of thousands of South Koreans flocked to the opening show of Lady Gaga's global tour on April 27, amid colourful scenes as female and male fans donned outrageous outfits in honour of the US pop diva.

South Korean Christians pray against Lad

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South Korean Christians pray against Lady Gaga's upcoming concert accusing the US pop star of advocating homosexuality and pornography at a church in Seoul April 22, 2012. The pop diva arrived in South Korea on April 20, a week before her Seoul performance which kicks off her "Born This Way Ball Global Tour."


Lady Gaga performed in South Korea to about 45,000 fans, despite a backlash from local Christians. It's the latest in Gaga's attempt to be this generation's incarnation of Madonna (despite Madonna's continuing attempts to be this generation's incarnation of Madonna).

Reuters reports that protesters called for her concert to be canceled, calling it "pornographic" and saying that Gaga promotes homosexuality.

There may be some debate about whether she promotes it in her music, but certainly "is a fan of," judging by most of what she does, would be fair. Her song "Born This Way" in particular has been adopted as a gay anthem, and even made its way to a country version (a version which was recently covered by Skylar Layne on "American Idol").

She also started the Born This Way Foundation, which seeks to "foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated." The foundation is also sponsored by Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the MacArthur Foundation and the California Endowment.

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