Controversy is brewing over the accusation that singer Hwasa engaged in pornography during her performance, made by a civic group.
On the 10th, Seoul police announced that Hwasa was recently accused by the Student Parents' Human Rights Protection Solidarity of performing pornography, leading to an investigation.
The group filed a complaint with the police, claiming that Hwasa's performance during the 19th-grade university festival in May caused discomfort among viewers. On May 12, Hwasa took the stage at the Sungkyunkwan University Festival. During her solo song "Don't Give It to Me," Hwasa's provocative moves stirred controversy as they were deemed obscene.
In an interview with the media, Shin Min-hyang, CEO of the Student Parents' Human Rights Protection Solidarity, stated, "Hwasa's controversial stage not only displeased students but also parents and the majority of the public." She further expressed concern, saying, "Hwasa performed unnecessary choreography on a public stage, not in a private concert hall. I am deeply worried that young children who are unaware of the pornographic nature of Hwasa's performance might imitate her. This goes beyond freedom of expression."
"While Hwasa has claimed to be bombarded with malicious comments, it is not the first time she has faced controversy regarding indecency, and she has shown no remorse," CEO Shin added. "If she was hurt, she should not have inflicted harm on others, but she did." Shin concluded her statement, saying, "We expect the police to conduct a thorough investigation."
Consequently, netizens are divided into two camps: those who consider the accusation outdated and those who believe Hwasa's performance crossed the line.
Some netizens commented, "I'm not a fan of Hwasa, but this is not warranted." "Hwasa, focus on international activities." "This is not the Confucian era, and the accusation of performance pornography is outdated." "It was a university festival, not a high school event." These comments express negative opinions regarding the accusation, suggesting that there is nothing wrong with presenting an R-rated performance at an adult festival.
However, middle-aged fans with young children expressed different views, stating, "She should have been more cautious since it was not a personal concert but a recording of an entertainment show." "The university festival was a community event involving local residents." "It made middle and high school students uncomfortable."
The broadcast of Hwasa's performance was edited.
"We understand that the police are currently reviewing the case," an official from the agency stated.
Unpacking the Allegations and Divided Opinions Surrounding Hwasa’s Provocative Stage Performance
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