[KS] reprehensible journalism from Arirang TV

Tobias Lehmann Tobias53 at gmx.de
Wed Mar 23 02:33:12 EDT 2011

Dear Stephen,

the first link from the livejournal does not work out. I get a permanent warning that this website is X-rated...:-)


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> Datum: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 13:40:31 +1300
> Von: Stephen Epstein <Stephen.Epstein at vuw.ac.nz>
> An: "Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws" <Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
> Betreff: [KS] reprehensible journalism from Arirang TV

> Dear all,
> I don't usually send out links to the list, but the below piece from
> Arirang is one of the most absolutely reprehensible items of journalism that I
> ever seen and deserves wide circulation, as it offers an opportunity to
> combat the attitudes it reflects. The piece takes examples of female pop stars
> in Korea with "healthy" legs (yes, "healthy" is their word) but tries to
> suggest that "healthy" (i.e. anything but very nalsshinhada) is, in fact,
> bad. The promotion of extremely unhealthy body images and eating disorders is
> the logical outcome here.
> The piece is getting hammered on YouTube (it's only been up a day so far
> and running 15 to 1 dislike to like, maybe more, a ratio I've never seen,
> and the comments have all been appropriately scathing.). In any case, for
> those of you who ever have to teach anything about body image or plastic
> surgery in Korea, this will be eye-opening for students; you may want to
> download it as I suspect it will be taken down soon. Hopefully this piece will get
> wide attention (my own aim in sending this out) and Arirang will be forced
> into issuing a high-profile apology
> http://community.livejournal.com/omonatheydidnt/6227567.html
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaPs7bMH2Vc
> Cheers, Stephen

Tobias Lehmann, M.A.

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