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Going "Gaga" in South Korea

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South Korean Christians pray during a service as they call for the cancellation of a concert of U.S. pop star Lady Gaga at a church in Seoul, South Korea, April 22. Lady Gaga's April 27 concert in Seoul was banned to under-18s by the Korea Media Rating Board as the Gender Equality Ministry considers one of her songs to be performed at the show as "inappropriate" for minors.

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U.S. pop diva Lady Gaga waves upon her arrival in Seoul, South Korea, April 20.

Local media in Seoul said the ratings board had a particular objection to the song “Just Dance,” which was on the set list for the highly choreographed concert. The song had earned an over-18 rating from another censoring agency, something called the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family’s Commission on Youth Protection.

“Just Dance,” which is about drinking and dancing at a club, was listed under the commission’s “Harmful Content for Youth” category. Some 4,200 songs are reportedly banned by the South Korean government for children under 18. Lady Gaga has 35 songs on the list, including “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance.”

-- Reported by IHT, the global edition of The New York Times