[KS] reprehensible journalism from Arirang TV

Henny Savenije webmaster at henny-savenije.pe.kr
Sat Mar 26 05:40:16 EDT 2011

You can find it here as well


At 03:52 PM 3/26/2011, you wrote:
>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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