Extra! Korea

February 19, 2010

Apolo Ohno: “Most Reviled Athlete in South Korea”

Filed under: sports — extrakorea @ 12:51 pm

ABC News has an article* that does a pretty good summary of the brouhaha surrounding Apolo Ohno, and includes some information that even I wasn’t aware of.

One company once sold toilet paper emblazoned with Ohno’s face: Ohno joyfully winning the gold, Ohno kissing his medal, Ohno laughing.

Oh, that is awesome. If I had known about that, I would have bought several rolls and sent them to my family. I hope Ohno wins every a gold medal in every competition he has left, so that they print more.

One video game features an Ohno character you can shoot in the head, and to call something “Ohnolike” is to deride it as a dirty trick.

Hey, that’s not nice. And neither is this.

Thousands of angry anti-Ohno e-mails shut down the U.S. Olympic Committee server for nine hours.

[ snip ]

The animosity toward Ohno grew so heated that the entire American short-track team withdrew from a World Cup event held in South Korea in 2003, citing death threats against Ohno. In 2005, the athlete traveled in South Korea, reportedly under the guard of police.

Here is why Lee Jung-su is a douche-nozzle:

Incensed gold medalist Lee Jung-su criticized Ohno as “too aggressive” in a post-race news conference.

“Ohno didn’t deserve to stand on the same medal platform as me,” he told Yonhap. “I was so enraged that it was hard for me to contain myself during the victory ceremony.”

He has the freakin’ Olympic gold medal. What to do? Thank his family for their support? Express his joy? Convey his gratitude to his home country, which sent him to represent them? No, he takes a cheap shot at the guy who came in second. Douche-nozzle.

The portrayal of Ohno is, in my view, honest and balanced.

He also admitted he had been hoping to capitalize on a South Korean mistake.

“At the end of the race, I was hoping for another disqualification, kind of like what happened in Salt Lake City,” Ohno said.

Still, Ohno later offered his congratulations to Lee in a Twitter post. “Wow Koreans are strong as always,” he added.

This part made me laugh.

But at least one blogger hopes to see him fall flat on his face: “He should fall down on the ice and have (figure skater) Kim Yu-na land on his disgusting face after she performs a triple axel.”

Why would such an extremely violent description of murderous intent make me laugh? Because Kim Yu-na doesn’t do the triple axel, Mao Asada does. Kids, do your homework before getting your hate on. Oh, snap!

* Part One, Part Two, Part Three

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7 Comments »

  1. Like I said, Korean nationals need a scapegoat.

    I’ve never hated an athlete from a different country for defeating, legally or not, an athlete from my country. I’ve never personally known anyone who has except Korean nationals. It’s just [crap].

    Like I’ve said before, Korea has brought this criticism on themselves, especially from Americans.

    One can only take so much [crap] before you start to hit back and Korea has dished out a lot of [crap] to America.

    Korea: Don’t ask me to “understand” you on this one.

    Just out of curiosity, how many Korean athletes have had death threats made against them?

    If it really is a minority of Korean nationals doing this crap, why doesn’t the majority do something about it? What’s stopping them and why aren’t they doing anything about it?

    Comment by JohnT — February 20, 2010 @ 12:22 am

  2. I’ve never personally known anyone who has except Korean nationals. It’s just [crap].

    Though fictitious, it was theme of Rocky IV. 😉

    This AP story was the kind of article that, had the situation been reversed and it was, say, a Korea Times article talking about some Korean athlete reviled by Americans, people would be all over it for its journalistic flaws.

    For starters, it’s reporting on eight-year-old news as if it just happened. Second, it makes a rather serious accusation based on speculation — that hatred of Ohno has to do with his father being Japanese — that is not examined and treated uncritically as (virtual) fact.

    And most importantly, it utterly ignores the person who, in the face of Ohno’s supposedly undeserved win, South Koreans are mostly critical of: 이호석. Indeed, this article is bandwagoning the KT articles from a few days ago.

    Why is the KT considered gospel truth in this case where the message suits us, but it’s reviled as yellow journalism when we don’t like what it says about, say, English teachers. All this recent bashing on Koreans for bashing on Ohno essentially comes from two KT articles that do not reflect on what Korean media are saying about Ohno.

    Yet this will go down in history as Koreans bashing Ohno for their own countrymen mucking up a race.

    Comment by kushibo — February 20, 2010 @ 2:31 am

    • Hey Kushibo, I do agree with a lot of your points on this one and other things as well. I know I can be a bit of a hot head and at times hypocritcal as well as [an idiot]. I can admit that- I have no problem doing so. I don’t agree with you about eveything, but you don’t deserved to be called names.

      My point is that Koreans have an extensive history of anti-Japanese and anti-American behavior, combine this with their past threats, it’s a very logical conclusion that he’s hated because he is half Japanese and American despite what the Korean media is saying. A death threat eight years ago is still wrong today. People who makes death threats whether against Barry Bonds or Ohno are scum of the Earth. Saying people make death threats against Barry Bonds is no excuse for Korean nationals to make them against Ohno.

      I’m sick of the anti-American [crap] in fucking general, this is my reaction to seeing it for years and not saying anything and the numbers are growing- I’m not the only one. Do Korean nationals think they can jump on the anti-American/foreigner bandwagon and not have people throw it back at them?

      At the same time as the crazy cow protests, dioxin was found in Chilean pork which was a real health threat to Koreans. Where were the anti-Chilean protests? That is hypocritical and I will call out Korean natioanls on that [crap].

      I’m not convinced that it is only a minority of Korean nationals who are anti-American/foreign. If it is, than the majority is just as bad for not making it well known that these things are wrong. In the end, I don’t see 1 million Koreans protesting over how biracial Koreans are treated.

      Comment by JohnT — February 20, 2010 @ 4:37 am

  3. People, no four-letter-words here please. I try to have a family-friendly blog here.

    For starters, it’s reporting on eight-year-old news as if it just happened.

    I don’t think so. Logically, they have to start at the very beginning of the story. They mention that things like death threats and the need for police protection continued for three more years, and that he was booed by Koreans just last year.

    Second, it makes a rather serious accusation based on speculation — that hatred of Ohno has to do with his father being Japanese — that is not examined and treated uncritically as (virtual) fact.

    Some of my students mentioned his Japanese ancestry –not many, but some. How much of a factor it is, is up for speculation, but it’s definitely a factor for some people.

    And most importantly, it utterly ignores the person who, in the face of Ohno’s supposedly undeserved win, South Koreans are mostly critical of: 이호석. Indeed, this article is bandwagoning the KT articles from a few days ago.

    I agree, but would also like to point out that the, arguably, two biggest Korea-related blogs, Brian and Marmot, both have carried Korea Times articles, which may well have led to their being noticed by western news agencies. Whenever I see an interesting article in the K-Times, I try to see if the same article is being carred by another Korean newspaper, and will only link to the K-Times if isn’t (e.g. Little Manila). Brian knows the K-Times’ faults very well, but Marmot often links to them uncritically. Personally, I think he’s just taking the easy way out. These days, the majority of posts are either written by lackeys, glorified news feeds, or open threads. If Robert Neff were to ever quit as a guest blogger, he’d be f$%^ed.

    All this recent bashing on Koreans for bashing on Ohno essentially comes from two KT articles that do not reflect on what Korean media are saying about Ohno.

    First of all, here’s a quote from the (often questionable) Korea Times:

    While his [Ohno’s] pictures showed up on the front pages of a handful of U.S. newspapers, he may not know that his name was on the front pages of the most, if not all, South Korean newspapers on the same day.

    (emphasis mine)

    At least one major newspaper still refers to him as “Hollywood Action” Ohno.

    There are certainly people who dislike him: Lee Jung-su, the SBS broadcaster, college student Kim Jung-kyung, and the blogger who wants Yu-na to skate on his face. The question is, how representative are they? Also …

    Associated Press writers Hongkeun Jeon and Nathaniel L. Kim contributed to this report.

    So one of the writers is Korean. Are you saying that this Korean journalist is misrepresenting what is going on in his home country?

    Why is the KT considered gospel truth in this case where the message suits us, but it’s reviled as yellow journalism when we don’t like what it says about, say, English teachers.

    Who’s considering it “gospel truth”? And who is “us” (as in “in this case where the message suits us”)? The western press just picked up a story that they thought was interesting.

    Comment by extrakorea — February 20, 2010 @ 4:53 am

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  5. “Why would such an extremely violent description of murderous intent make me laugh? Because Kim Yu-na doesn’t do the triple axel, Mao Asada does. Kids, do your homework before getting your hate on. Oh, snap!”

    I laughed so hard in my head when I read this! It was the exact same thought I had when I read about the “Yu-na triple axel” comment! And what is funniest is how the Koreans are so critical of Mao’s skating, yet she does the triple…

    I can’t agree with you more on this entire entry! This anti-Ohno crap makes me so angry!

    Comment by sweetestD — February 21, 2010 @ 6:51 am

  6. I’m not an anti-Korean or anything. I’m actually very interested in the culture, music, media. I am very impressed with the customs of respect in Korea, but seriously this is getting old. Very, very old. It seems continuous, this hatred from Koreans where I feel like the kind respect that I seen in most Koreans lie mostly in the older generation, but is dying rapidly. I keep up with Korean media and it seems prominent in the news they find that it is appropriate to give their opinion on everything and believe it to be so superior. Like children a majority put up tantrums and do the most immature things, rivaling 4th grade bullies, in order to express their distaste.

    Example, a famous Korean actor was getting married to a woman who was known along South Korea as well. There were so many people who disapproved of their wedding and child, as if they mattered. The actor, tearfully, replied to these antis, saying that he is not marrying an actress or a singer, but a woman that he loves. But wait…Who is anyone to tell someone else not to marry someone they love? No one has the right to do such things. Why can’t someone be happy for someone else for once?

    And that is the same here. No one seems to ever blame the two Koreans who crashed into each other. Ohno HAD to PUSH them SOMEHOW. I guess Ohno pushed Italy and France together at the 1500 relay too huh? And he must have also shot a spit wad at Japan’s Daisuke Takahaski to mess up his concentration. Apolo Ohno is the reason why Kim Ho-Jun didn’t qualify for snowboarding, and Lee Yong got ranked 36 for luging. You understand what I mean by immature?

    In the beginning, 8 years ago, Ohno was said to be a “unsportsman-like” player in short track. But don’t you think the Koreans are being unsportsman-like here? Complaining for what…because their two Koreans took out each other? Because they won gold metal? I don’t understand this. If you won, you won, why talk smack? Congratulations. Now shut up. I have deep respect for Ohno because he puts up with this shit. That’s right, I have deep respect, not because he is an Olympian, not because he’s kinda cute when he races :D, but because he is reacting to these people like a mature person. That’s something to be revered. If I heard my face was on toilet paper, I’d be pissed. Severely. The “Who the hell(sorry) do you think you are” pissed.

    The Russians I can understand…Lysacek broke a 20 year Russian reign of figure skating. Not only this but Plushinko was pushed to getting silver. But Korea lost nothing. They have a gold metal..what do they have to complain about.

    Something else I am proud to see that Ohno does that he wears every metal proudly. Even if he gets bronze (1000m) or silver (500m), he wears that metal like it’s gold. That is something that is clearly impressive.

    Comment by Iffee — February 21, 2010 @ 9:09 am


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