Extra! Korea

October 8, 2010

godam baby

Filed under: advertising, humor — extrakorea @ 1:13 am

(from List of the Day)

Why did we have this godam baby?

I don’t know if the following is from Korea or not, but it sure looks like something that you would see here.

October 7, 2010

Another Hanwha family member in a violent brawl

Filed under: crime, economics — extrakorea @ 9:12 am

Another son of Hanwha Group chairman Kim Seung-youn has been in a violent brawl.

On Sept. 27, Kim Dong-seon, 21, was caught fighting with security guards and bar employees at a luxury hotel in Yongsan, breaking furniture and a window, and injuring three people after an argument with a female employee.

You might recall that in 2007, another son of the chairman got into another bar fight. The chairman then hired gangsters to kidnap the bar workers involved, and he personally beat them for hours with a lead pipe. Hanwha tried to silence the investigation with bribes, and the police were indeed dragging their feet until Internet users (called “netizens” in Korea) managed to raise the profile of the case to such a degree that the police could no longer ignore it.
Here’s the part that I “love” … Chairman Kim, who beat the victims for hours with a lead pipe, was suddenly a weak, frail old man who had to be taken into court in a wheelchair. Maybe this ridiculous charade actually worked, as he was ultimately merely ordered to do 200 hours of community service. That whole family are scum.

MC Mong formally charged with trying to avoid military service, is still a douche

Filed under: celebrities, crime, idiots — extrakorea @ 8:47 am

Remember the rumours that MC Mong had pulled out healthy teeth in order to avoid doing his mandatory military service? He has been indicted and will go on trail. Frankly, I’m happy. In addition to the fact that Mong is a plagiarizer and makes ignorant music videos, this also means that there will be one less buffoon on Korean TV. If only there were some way to get Kang Ho-dong permanently off the air.

October 6, 2010

Age of sex offenders and their victims keeps getting lower

Filed under: crime, prostitution, youth — extrakorea @ 11:22 am

For the last two years, the age of people who committed sexual crimes against minors, and their victims, has been getting lower.

The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family on Monday said a study of 879 people convicted of sex crimes against minors last year revealed that the age of offenders and victims dropped by 1.7-1.8 years from the previous year.

Among 879 offenders, 76 were younger than 19, up from 45 in 2008. This lowered the average age of offenders from 35.5 years in 2008 to 33.7 years last year.

The average age of victims dropped from 14.4 years in 2008 to 12.7 years in 2009. Rape victims were 14 on average, sexual assault victims 11.4 and those involved in the sex trade 13.2.

Cat killer sentenced to four months in prison, was a room salon girl

Filed under: crime, prostitution — extrakorea @ 11:05 am

Remember the young woman who killed her neighbor’s cat by throwing it out of a 10th-story window? She’s been sentenced to a suspended four-month prison term.

When she was found out, largely due to video camera surveillance footage, she claimed that she was drunk at the time. (Of course, that is no excuse, but this is Korea, where, “I was drunk,” is one of the most popular defenses for all sorts of inexcusable behavior, including raping children.) But maybe she really was intoxicated.

The defendant, an employee of a hostess bar, was drunk at the time, according to a complaint filed to the prosecution.

(emphasis mine)

Children need to be protected from loan advertisements?

Filed under: advertising, censorship, legal issues, television, youth — extrakorea @ 10:36 am

In an effort to further protect children from undesirable influences, the Korean government is extending the hours during which adult material will be permitted to be broadcast.

Currently, adult-rated TV programs are banned from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on public holidays and vacations. But from October, that will be expanded from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on holidays. Advertising for alcohol, tobacco and private loan companies is also banned at those times.

Children need to protected from private loan company advertisements?

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