Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Okay, the Bad Side of Korea: "It's not racist; it's a joke!"

Are you kidding me? --------->

I've been in a hovel regarding current events. However, there is a controversy in Korea right now regarding a show that featured "foreign beauty" and lapsed into offensive tomfoolery and stereotyping.

Korean media tries to get away with this from time to time claiming that it was just "a joke." Well, it's nothing more than buffonery and distaste at the expense of the image of another race of people.

I'm sure Koreans would scream bloody murder if it was the other way around with somoene making fun of them. In fact, I know they have in the past. When Jay Leno made a joke about dog meat, Koreans freaked out. So when it happens to them, it's bad. But they're free to do it to others. It's nothing more than hypocrisy.

Here is a link to the video on YouTube: Minyeodeuli Suda - Korean TV clip showing racist parody

Here are some links explaining what happened:

또 깜둥이 대접! - A blog from the Metropolitician discussing what the show is about and what happened.

(Seriously Stupid Department) KBS ‘foreign beauty’ program slammed for racism - The Marmot's Hole weighs in on the issue.

Lastly, and most important, a petition on the Metropolitician's blog.

Other links:

Men's News Daily: Dog Meat
ResellerRatings Store Ratings, Shopping, Deals, and Bargains: So. Korean Firm Plans Lawsuit Against Jay Leno
BongoNet (spoof news): Jay Leno Under Fire Over Joke About Koreans and Dog Meat

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