"She's Gone" and "Korean Dream" were ruled inappropriate for young listeners on Nov. 3, but G-Dragon sang them while a violent video clip was played on stage. He also allegedly made sexually provocative gestures while singing "Breathe."
A follow-up from the Korea Herald:
And it seems the hits keep coming for Mr. Dragon as he is currently the subject of an investigation by the prosecutor's office for his alleged lewd conduct during his concert on Dec. 15. It has been reported the 21-year-old simulated sexual intercourse on stage with one of his dancers.
The Manilla Bulletin has more:
According to reports, the Korean Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs has asked government prosecutors to investigate if the leader of K-pop idol group Big Bang as well as his agency, YG Entertainment, violated laws on obscene performances in his concert held December 6 in Seoul.
“I sincerely hope that this case will play resolve to his benefit,” one fan wrote on Soompi, a popular online K-pop fan forum.
The concert, rated for 12 years old and older, drew flak when G-Dragon performed his single “Breathe.” According to critics, G-Dragon and a female dancer portrayed supposed sexual acts coupled with moaning that was heard by the audience.
In addition, a violent clip showing G-Dragon chasing a girl and eventually stabbing her in the back was allegedly shown to accompany the song “She’s Gone.”
The online criticisms prompted the health ministry to investigate for possible violations of Korea’s Criminal Law Clause 245 that bans obscene public performances.
Here's a fancam video of his performance of "Breathe," found via Omona They Didn't in turn found via James Turnbull's Twitter page. Scroll to 1:20 to see him, the girl, and the bed:
Certainly interesting to compare G-Dragon with his peers. The Chosun Ilbo has galleries of girl-group performers at the nationally-televised 2009 Melon Music Awards in Seoul on December 16th. Here's Brown Eyed Girls:
The video's on YouTube, for now at least:
Grinding with a girl on a bed at a concert is of course more blatantly sexual than trying to shake a little ass, wearing a short skirt, or feeling somebody up. But there seems to be a rather limited idea of what a sexual performance is, or at least different ideas of what is considered sexual to begin with.
That's a picture of 2ne1 from the Melon Music Awards show. I saved it for a post I ended up not publishing, about the photogalleries of sexed-up girl-groups the Chosun Ilbo and Joins.com were running. The one on the left is 15, and made headlines for a rather sexual dance she did on a music show over the summer. Jump to 2:45 for her part:
Actually, no, the only headline she made was on this site, for that kind of stuff doesn't seem to strike many Koreans as remarkable. The difference between sexy as English-speakers know it and 섹시 as Koreans use it, I think. James Turnbull at The Grand Narrative has written on this phenomenon of denying the sexual nature of Korean teenaged performers, on this post for starters and again touching on it in a December 19th post.