[KS] reprehensible journalism from Arirang TV

don kirk kirkdon at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 24 17:03:26 EDT 2011

Thank you for posting this piece back on you-tube. It's quite an amusing commentary, actually, on Korean fashion, "girl groups," models and society. There's no reason to carry on a crusade about it. Arirang has a right to run such a feature. It seems extremely odd that academics, the first to defend freedom of speech and democratic rights, should attempt, in the name of political correctness, to want to suppress a simple feature piece that has colorful, fun, appealing images, pleasant and interesting commentary and actually something to say about current fashions and thinking.
There are views other than those of like-minded academics, who are not necessarily correct in all their political correctness. Shame on you, in the name of PC, for this disgraceful effort at suppression of free speech, free idea and free reporting.
Don Kirk

--- On Wed, 3/23/11, Roald Maliangkay <Roald.Maliangkay at anu.edu.au> wrote:

From: Roald Maliangkay <Roald.Maliangkay at anu.edu.au>
Subject: Re: [KS] reprehensible journalism from Arirang TV
To: "Korean Studies Discussion List" <koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 7:49 PM

Re: [KS] reprehensible journalism from Arirang TV
Dear all,

I have re-uploaded the video, but YouTube warn me that it is not "my" content and may therefore be removed again, so please have a look at it before Arirang TV dare have it removed and risk retaliation from the “strong muscles on my calves" next time I pass by their offices on the way to the Kungnip kugagwôn... ^^





On 23/03/11 5:33 PM, "Tobias Lehmann" <Tobias53 at gmx.de> wrote:

> Dear Stephen,


> the first link from the livejournal does not work out. I get a permanent 

> warning that this website is X-rated...:-)


> Greetings,

> Tobias



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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



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