Extra! Korea

November 4, 2010

Netizens apoplectic with fury at suggestion that Girls’ Generation may have done sexual favors

Filed under: celebrities, music, prostitution, youth — extrakorea @ 10:27 am

A Taiwanese television show had an program in which they discussed the notion that some female celebrities in South Korea do sexual favors as a way to get ahead, or have it virtually forced on them. Taiwanese singer Estrella Lin, who has previously spoken about her experiences in Korea, was a guest speaker. Unfortunately for them, they used an image of Girls’ Generation, and Korean Internet surfers, “netizens,” are furious. I mean, they’re absolutely apoplectic with fury. The AllKpop post on the topic has over a thousand comments, with new ones arriving literally every thirty seconds, and the YouTube video of the program (below) rising by the hundreds every hour.

It seems that there may have been two problems:
1. While AllKpop may have done a decent job of translating Sports Chosun’s piece, Chosun may have mistranslated the original Chinese.
2. The TV program may have gotten its image of Girls’ Generation from a Taiwanese newspaper. If so, then it might be the newspaper who ought to shoulder the blame.

I’m wondering this: Where was this fury when Jang Ja-yeon committed suicide? Where was the fury when it became known that her ex-manager faces a maximum of one year in prison? How about when it became known that an SM Entertainment manager could have literally killed a member of boy band Super Junior? How about when another entertainment agency seemed to admit to forcing an underage trainee into virtual prostitution? How about any of the other examples of trainees’ mistreatment? Or how about the recent survey that suggests that over 60% of female entertainers are pressured into giving sexual favors? But slander some pretty girls, and the rage is like an inferno. I’m glad to see that some people have their priorities straight.

While I’m at it, I might as well express my incomprehension as to why K-pop fans are cheerleaders for entertainment agencies.  Can you imagine the following conversation between three teenagers in America?

A: I like Interscope Records.

B: No way!  Sony Music is the best!

C: You both have your heads up your arses!  Warner Brothers all the way!

Ridiculous, huh?  When I was a teenager, we talked about which artists we liked.  However, K-pop fans will get into heated debates over whether they like YG Entertainment or SM Entertainment better.

9 Comments »

  1. You mean a TV program could be responsible for triggering outrage in the online – and offline – world? You don’t say. PD Notebook called – they said they were taking notes after their whole mad cow beef thing.

    Were the artists actually ‘artists’ – y’know, people that created something – I could see how people might debate endlessly about them. It’s fairly well known that bands aren’t organically ‘created’ – they’re produced by the aforementioned record companies.

    Korean on Korean: netizens don’t care. Foreigners on Korea: netizens feel nationalistically obligated to defend Dae Han Min Guk.

    Comment by Chris Backe (AKA Chris in South Korea) — November 4, 2010 @ 4:56 pm

  2. First of all, this isn’t a Korean-only reaction, its the same from fans from other countries. Also, there was apopletic fury, just not the same deal from this particular demographic.

    Comment by Simon King — November 5, 2010 @ 12:59 am

  3. Another reason why Korea is such a pathetic place- on top of 5 million other reasons.

    Comment by Loverod — November 5, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

  4. They really don’t like it when people say stuff about them do they? They can say whatever they want about other and actually think it their right to do so.

    Comment by Loverod — November 5, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

  5. I’m wondering this: Where was this fury when Jang Ja-yeon committed suicide?

    Um… Everywhere?

    As outrage fatigue sets in, the subsequent stories generate less and less outrage, but with Ms Jang it certainly seemed to be there.

    Comment by kushibo — November 6, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

    • You know this because you live in Korea right Kushibo?

      What did you do, read that in a newspaper.

      I think very few Koreans were outraged because, as you like to point out/link Kushibow, it’s only a few nutizens posting on the internet, making their opinions known etc… Therefore, using the info you yourself have provided me, those that speak out are nothing more than a very small minority. Right?

      I understand that you will probably twist this around to prove any point you wish to prove.

      Of course, you probably know someone personally who can vouch for you or whatever.

      Comment by KushiboisNora — November 19, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

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  7. “While I’m at it, I might as well express my incomprehension as to why K-pop fans are cheerleaders for entertainment agencies. Can you imagine the following conversation between three teenagers in America?
    A: I like Interscope Records.
    B: No way! Sony Music is the best!
    C: You both have your heads up your arses! Warner Brothers all the way!
    Ridiculous, huh?”

    Not necessarily.

    Imagine two jazz fans:

    “I like Ella Fitzgerald’s blue note stuff.”
    “No way. Verve has always done better work with vocalists.”
    “I don’t know a lot about jazz, but I’ve always been really fond of the Motown sound.”

    From what I know, if you go into indie music, you get something similar: some indie fans do have loyalties to labels, and I bet you’d find something similar with classical music labels… though those might just hinge on the conductors and orchestras. I don’t know for sure myself.

    Comment by Roboseyo — November 28, 2010 @ 3:57 am

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