a popular K-pop star from the group Mamamoo was reported to the authorities a month after a concert
The police “punish the singer for the heat” after she made an “explicit gesture” on stage
South Korean police have been accused of punishing a singer “for being hot” after launching an investigation when she made an ‘explicit gesture’ on stage during a performance.
Hwasa, a popular K-pop star, was performing for students at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea, in May as part of a special TV show in May when he sent the crowd into raptures.
Hwasa, a member of the group Mamamoo, sat in a crouched position, pretended to lick her fingers and insinuated she was enjoying herself.
The controversy only erupted when the clip was uploaded to YouTube ahead of the TV show’s release, as a video for the song ‘Don’t’.
The scene was subsequently removed from the show, ‘Dancing Queens on the Road’, which aired on 22 June.
But that didn’t stop the Student and Parent Human Rights Protection, a Korean civil society group, from filing a public indecency complaint.
Shin Min-hyang, a representative of the group, confirmed that they filed a complaint. It was filed a month after the concert, after a long discussion, according to Shin.
Shin told The Korea Herald: “I know about freedom of expression. I am aware that the concert was a campus festival, where most of the spectators were adults.
“But it wasn’t Hwasa’s solo concert in front of fans who more or less know her performance style. Many visitors and nearby residents of all ages also enjoyed the campus festival, many with their children.
“There were also adults who did not feel comfortable with the performance. I thought it had little to do with freedom of expression.”
Soon after, Seoul Seongdong Police Station confirmed that they were investigating the singer.
Responding to the outrage online, one YouTube commenter said: “Being hot became a crime lol They’re college students, not elementary school kids.”
However, another person reasoned: “It doesn’t matter if the students were minors or adults, it was an education center!”
Shin added, “Young children become trainees and pursue dreams of becoming K-pop stars. Many of them idolize singers, and Hwasa might be one of them (they admire).
“Kids have easy access to different types of content. And there are artists who tend to make headlines with their racist actions.”