Is Korea Ready?

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Korea, in many ways, remains a very conservative country. Issues such as sex and homosexuality remain largely taboo. It has been slowly creeping into public view thanks to a small handful celebrities such as Hong Seok-cheon.

On January 21, Korean singer Holland released a video for his debut song ‘Neverland’. The video has been met with some controversy due to homosexual themes. Music videos that show a man and woman kissing usually receives a 15+ rating. ‘Neverland’ received a 19+ rating because it shows a kiss between two men.

Holland has received a lot of support from the international community for his Troye Sivan-like sound. Check out the video. Can an openly gay idol be successful in Korea? Only time will tell.