Extra! Korea

August 12, 2010

GP Basic’s video teaser looks as pedotastic as some of us feared

Filed under: music, youth — extrakorea @ 1:44 am

Do you remember GP Basic, the new girl group with one member in elementary school and the other five are in their second year of middle school/junior high? They’ve released the video teaser for their upcoming debut single and video (via PopSeoul, K-Bites, and Seoul Beats). Unfortunately, it seems to confirm many of my worst worries. Three of the members are wearing short shorts/miniskirts. (I hope the full video doesn’t feature them doing so-called “sexydances.”) They look surprisingly like some other, older K-pop girl groups (e.g. high heels).

Seoul Beats writes:

I did a little research on South Korean child labor laws and they say that: All children under the age of 18 need permission of their parents to work, those under the age of 15 need even more permission from the labor ministry, children need to attend school at least until the age of 14, children between the ages of 15-18 may only work 7 hours a day and no more than 42 hours a week and are not allowed to work overnight hours.

BoA debuted at the tender age of thirteen, but she has always relied upon her dancing and live singing skills instead of wearing revealing clothes or trying to be “sexy.” That’s why I give her a pass.

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4 Comments »

  1. […] “As pedotastic as some of us feared” says Extra! Korea of GP Basic’s new video, whom with an average age of just 15 years, […]

    Pingback by Korean Gender Reader « The Grand Narrative — August 14, 2010 @ 6:20 am

  2. I think that you also need to take in the fact that the age of consent for Korea is 13. =/ The Grand Narrative talks about it in this post: http://thegrandnarrative.com/2010/01/11/south-korea-age-of-consent/
    (He actually pulled this post into one of his entries–how I ended up reading this.)
    ps- the actual name of the group is ‘GD Basic’, not ‘PD Basic’.

    Comment by yukisakurakissu — August 14, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

  3. oh sorry GP Basic… I think I said GD before. >.<

    Comment by yukisakurakissu — August 14, 2010 @ 12:57 pm

  4. I think that you also need to take in the fact that the age of consent for Korea is 13. =/ The Grand Narrative talks about it in this post: http://thegrandnarrative.com/2010/01/11/south-korea-age-of-consent/

    Comment by yukisakurakissu — August 14, 2010 @ 12:57 pm


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