[KS] reprehensible journalism from Arirang TV

Reasonablepc@yahoo.com reasonablepc at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 26 02:52:58 EDT 2011

Stephen, I tried to view the video on Youtube and it is flagged as private. May I please have access?

Thank you,

--- On Tue, 3/22/11, Stephen Epstein <Stephen.Epstein at vuw.ac.nz> wrote:

From: Stephen Epstein <Stephen.Epstein at vuw.ac.nz>
Subject: [KS] reprehensible journalism from Arirang TV
To: "Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws" <Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 5:40 PM

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



Cheers, Stephen

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