snh48_2qi_shouyan20131021_05South Korea: A South Korean produced music video by girl group SNH48 has been banned in the country because it has prominent overtones of an implied lesbian relationship, alleged many gay media outlets.

Gay Star News, Pink News, and Gay Echo are reporting that Korean media is speculating that the  reason why the video was banned three days after it initially premiered online on official Korean music websites was mainly because of the implied lesbian relationship in its content.

“The problem is, none of these reports offer any link to the supposed Korean sources, and my attempts to search in Korean only led me to this Chinese report and this Japanese report which essentially say the same thing as the English reports,” says

SNH48 is the Chinese counterpart to Japanese girl group AKB48 that is popular in Japan and China.

Despite a recent increase in public awareness, South Korean gays, lesbians and transgender men and women face much difficulties, and many choose not to share their identity with others.

Male and female same-sex relations is legal in South Korea although it is not specifically mentioned in either the South Korean Constitution or in the Civil Penal Code. Anti-same-sex relations are heavily influenced by conservative religious groups with same-sex marriage or civil partnerships neither legal nor expected to be. There are also no legal protections against discrimination and no hate crimes legislation.


You can watch the music video for the song “Uza” below: