They didn’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Margaret Cho at a high end Korean spa in Los Angeles today, Aroma Spa & Sports
Cho got more than a few snake eyes in a room full of naked spa users when she displayed her heavily tattooed body. The stares continued as she walked around from pool to pool.
Cho wrote about this morning’s experience in the blog, Jezebel.
“A fully clothed young woman, I am guessing the manager of Aroma Spa, came into the sauna…and tried to tell me, very apologetically that I was making the women there upset with my heavily tattooed body. She was really sorry and embarrassed about it, and I felt bad, but I was actually enraged.”
Cho explained further: “This is something I have never done -– I actually said, in Korean “Do you know who I am? I am MARGARET CHO!” She realized who I was, and she was horrified! She said she did know me, and had seen me and was familiar with my work, and she apologized even more profusely and tried to explain that in Korean culture, tattoos are very taboo and my body was upsetting everyone there. I told her I was aware of that, but that I really wanted to enjoy the spa and my treatments and I was going to pay for them, just like everyone else there (it’s pricey, by the way). She asked if I could please wear something, anything -– a towel or something –- and cover myself so that I wouldn’t frighten anyone with my body.”
You can read the rest of Cho’s blog in Jezebel. What do you think? Did Cho have the right to use this spa knowing that Koreans would not appreciate her tattooed body? Let us know what you think.