Seoul thinks teenage girl pop stars are too sexy

2010-09-30 12:17

Seoul, South Korea – South Korea’s Parliament would launch an inquiry into claims that performances by all-girl pop groups were too sexually suggestive, said a legislator’s aide.

The culture committee has summoned the heads of the country’s three leading entertainment agencies that hire the groups.

“The committee will ask them whether the teenagers have been compelled to wear revealing clothes and sing songs with suggestive moves and lyrics,” said the aide to Ahn Hyoung-Hwan of the ruling Grand National Party.

“Some of the popular girl groups are 6th and 7th graders (aged 13-14). We need some legal devices to protect those young performers from possible abuse.”

GP Basic, a new six-girl group that debuted last month, has an average age of 15.

The watchdog Korea Communications Commission in June warned the country’s three major broadcasters about suggestive performances by underage stars.

The broadcasters raised the age limit for performers from 12 to 15, the JoongAng Daily said.

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