PERSONAL NOTE: I was just talking to my friends in South Korea and Japan, both are students from China, now studying in these countries…about what I had recently witnessed on American websites…full of men, handsome and strong and looking healthy and well to do…why are they showing their bodies, naked bodies and some seeming to follow some directions from women, or watching videos of females exposing their bodies and vaginas…for what? For money? And now I am reading this reports about the sex scandal going on in South Korea! Hm! Remember Edison Chen in China? How he taped his sexual exploits with some famous women in China and Hong Kong? Hm…there is so much sex in Asia…I have been telling my friends in China, that there is more sexual freedom over there, not here in America…we are a CHRISTIAN COUNTRY, AHAHAHAHAHAHA! PEACE, STEVE March 23, 2019 firstname.lastname@example.org https://getting2knowyou-china.com
After K-pop, could spycam porn be the next great Korean cultural export?
• Yonden Lhatoo asks where South Korea is going and what it means for the rest of the world as the country is plagued by one hidden-camera sex scandal after another
, 23 Mar, 2019 Yonden Lhatoo scmp
AND THE 2ND REPORT, after the first report, read it below
K-pop sex and drugs scandals are damaging its squeaky-clean image
Yonden Lhatoo is the chief news editor at the Post
“We may well be the country with the highest number of peeping toms per capita,” a rueful South Korean friend told me this week. “Forget about K-pop and all our great cultural exports; if we keep this up, we’re going to be seen as a nation of perverts.”
Sarcasm and self-deprecating humour aside, as a Western-educated professional living overseas, he was genuinely frustrated and embarrassed over the scandalous news reports of perverts, peeping toms and all manner of deviants besmirching his home country’s reputation on an almost daily basis.
I don’t see any official statistics out there to lend credence to his perverts-per-capita estimate, but he may not be far off the mark regarding the spycam epidemic plaguing hyper-wired South Korea.
It’s known as molka, the dirty business of men secretly recording and sharing or selling sexually explicit images of women, and that means anything from upskirt photos on public transport and escalators to videos in public toilets, changing rooms, hotels and even homes. And it’s out of control in one of the most tech-savvy places on the planet, where nearly 90 per cent of adults own a smartphone, and even more have internet access.
Just a few days ago, police announced they had
arrested two men
for secretly filming 1,600 guests through a network of hidden cameras in 42 rooms at 30 hotels in 10 South Korean cities between last November and the beginning of March. The footage was captured by cameras with lenses as tiny as a nose stud, installed in digital TV boxes, hairdryer holders and wall sockets, and live-streamed on an overseas website for paying customers.
The hotels have not been publicly identified, but they’re said to be motel-style establishments that are popular among travellers seeking affordable accommodation as well as local couples looking for privacy. That ought to work wonders for paranoia over some degenerate spying on you the next time you find yourself in a hotel room in the country.
And it comes hot on the heels of another scandal that has rocked the foundations of South Korea’s beloved K-pop industry. This one involves some of the most celebrated young men in the singing business bragging about and sharing videos of their sexual escapades and “conquests”.
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You should read the transcripts of the messages exchanged between these squeaky-clean looking male idols in their immaculate suits and mascara, hero-worshipped by millions of youngsters, as they talk privately about women like they’re nothing more than pieces of meat.
This is the manifestation of the Frankenstein monster that the so-called Korean Wave or Hallyu brand of entertainment has created. It’s not really surprising, given that the industry has long been defined by the rampant sexual and financial exploitation of K-pop stars themselves, beneath all the superficial bling and glamour.
For a country that still – justifiably – bristles at the memory of how the Japanese military forced its women into sexual slavery during the second world war, it’s quite ironic that South Korea is unable to get a grip on this modern-day scourge that terrorises and traumatises its female population.
It stems from a culture of monolithic patriarchy that comes with all the baggage of male chauvinism, misogyny and toxic masculinity.
Don’t underestimate the wider impact of what’s happening in South Korea, because the fallout is not confined within the country’s borders. K-pop is a global colonial power, and its idols are admired and emulated by millions of youngsters everywhere.
Is the world’s most digitally connected country setting some kind of global standard when it comes to voyeurism and spycam porn? Is this the next great cultural export, riding on the mighty Korean Wave?
Let’s hope not.
K-pop sex and drugs scandals are damaging its squeaky-clean image
• K-pop stars Jung Joon-young, Seungri and Yong Jun-hyung have all announced their retirements from show business because of recent scandals
• The incidents have damaged K-pop’s image in socially conservative South Korea and with fans around the world
, 15 Mar, 2019 Agence France-Presse AFP SCMP
BigBang boy band member Seungri is embroiled in a sex-for-investment criminal investigation. Photo: AFP
With wholesome looks and increasingly global fanbases, K-pop has sold its stars as the ultimate squeaky-clean pin-ups. But a burgeoning sex scandal in the industry shows how pervasive discrimination and abuse are in South Korean society, activists say.
In the space of just several days, singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young, BigBang boy band member Seungri and Yong Jun-hyung from the boy band Highlight have announced their retirements from show business.
Jung, 30, admitted filming himself having sex and sharing the footage without his partners’ consent, while Seungri – real name Lee Seung-hyun – is embroiled in a sex-for-investment criminal investigation. All three were members of the same chat room where Jung and others shared illicit content involving at least 10 women, according to broadcaster SBS.
South Korea has been battling a growing epidemic of so-called molka, or spycam videos – mostly of women, secretly filmed by men. But K-pop stars generally cultivate clean-cut images, and are actively promoted by the South Korean government as a key cultural export.
Female protesters shouting slogans during a rally against ‘spy-cam porn’ in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: AFP
Many face tremendous pressure to look and behave perfectly in an industry powered by so-called “fandoms” – groups of well-organised admirers at home and abroad who spend enormous amounts of time and money to help their favoured stars climb up the charts and attack their perceived rivals.
With fortunes at stake, they have more to lose than most by being embroiled in a scandal, even after a wave of #MeToo accusations in the still socially conservative South Korea during the past year. Lee Moon-won, a popular culture critic in Seoul, said the multilingual Seungri – who has multiple business interests – was popularly seen as an “ideal cultural export”.
“Most of his fans would agree that Seungri is an exceptionally hard working star,” Lee said. “On top of his singing career, he somehow mastered Japanese and Chinese, which made him a very useful member whenever BigBang visited those countries. Learning two foreign languages while being a K-pop star is definitely not an easy thing.”
South Korean singer and TV personality Jung Joon-young.
Seungri was interviewed by police at the weekend over accusations he lobbied potential investors by offering them the services of prostitutes at nightclubs in Seoul’s posh Gangnam district.
The 29-year-old is also linked to a police investigation into Burning Sun, a nightclub where he was a public relations director, where staff are alleged to have filmed women with hidden cameras and used alcohol and drugs to sexually assault them.
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Before the scandal, Seungri had been nicknamed the “Great Seungsby” after the protagonist of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby for his good looks, his seemingly successful business and the lavish parties he had thrown.
“It’s ironic how Seungri and Gatsby turned out to have more things in common after the scandal broke,” Lee said. “Both have engaged in illicit and corrupt activities to gain fame and wealth.”
Reaction among BigBang fans has been divided, some expressing anger and disappointment, others disbelief and support. Some overseas admirers posted online photographs of flowers and a hand-written note saying: “I’ll wait for you on this flower road” – a BigBang lyric.
Another tweeted that they did not want to believe the accusation, adding: “I’m tired of all this and in pain. I admired Seungri for a long time and he made me smile in my worst days.”
But a group of South Korean fans called for his expulsion from the band, saying he had “significantly damaged the team’s reputation”.
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For South Korean women’s activists, the scandal is unsurprising. As well as secretly filming women in schools, toilets and offices, “revenge porn” – videos men take of themselves having sex with their exes or partners filmed without the women’s consent – is believed to be equally widespread. In a society where patriarchal values are still deeply ingrained, circulation of such content can significantly damage a woman’s reputation.
According to Han Sol, an activist at Flaming Feminist Action, spycam videos have long been watched and shared by South Korean men as a form of entertainment and a way to strengthen their “brotherly ties”.
Last year, Seoul several times witnessed thousands of women protesting against spycam vidoes as part of the country’s ongoing #MeToo movement.
“This case just shows that male K-pop stars are no exception when it comes to being part of this very disturbing reality that exploits women,” women’s rights activist Bae Bok-ju said