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Sunday, August 9, 2020

FNC releases belated statement on Kwon Minah and AOA scandal

Article: FNC gives late statement on AOC bullying controversy "The most important priority is Kwon Minah's health recovery"

Source: Kyunghyang News via Naver

1. [+280, -3] ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ These FNC guys are no different ㅋㅋ

2. [+239, -2] FNC's infamous for never giving statements. Unfortunately, this scandal is of a different scale. One wrong move by them and Minah-ssi can take drastic measures to the point where she can't be saved. FNC should've been shut down long ago. Out of her 11 years, they put her in 3 billion won of debt. They're going to have to put together a package of financial documents so that Minah-ssi and her family can understand where that money is coming from. FNC needs to apologize in a way that resolves their issues with Minah and give her clear answers to what she's asking for. In a fight with someone who has nothing to lose versus someone who has everything to lose, it's always the latter who loses. FNC has a responsibility to make sure that Minah recovers her health and is able to continue living her life happily.

3. [+139, -3] Where is this 3 billion won coming from? Are they really asking Minah to pay that back? No way...

4. [+130, -7] "Jimin herself no longer has any desire to continue her career as a celebrity and wants to live a normal life. We had hoped that she would not be mentioned again out of respect for her decision". So FNC has only been respecting Jimin's decisions? And ignoring Minah? So once again, FNC was taking Jimin's side?

5. [+125, -2] Minah currently has nothing to lose. That's the scariest kind of person to deal with.

6. [+67, -7] FNC's trying so hard to help Seolhyun's career survive so they keep skirting around her name when talking about the issue ㅋㅋㅋㅋ hide it all you want, it's already been revealed that Seolhyun was a participant ㅋㅋ

7. [+49, -1] How badly can you bully someone to make them resort to cutting themselves multiple times? I feel so bad for her~~ The norm should be to look after a labelmate, to take care of them, but to have tortured them instead for 10 years?~~~ What were her teammates thinking?

8. [+42, -1] FNC calls this an apology but there's not one apology towards Minah herself...

9. [+40, -0] I really wish FNC would just shut down. Along with YG, they're the top two companies that I can't stand. Yoo Jae Suk needs to leave them once his contract expires.

10. [+43, -4] They leave Seolhyun out of their statement ㅋ sounded like Minah had issues with Seolhyun as well

11. [+26, -0] I wonder if Seolhyun will erase her friendship tattoo with Jimin or not

12. [+23, -0] Choa helped AOA thrive so why does Minah have 3 billion won in debt? Was there a ton of sajaegi going on or something?

13. [+20, -0] FNC needs to just quit. How can they call themselves a company when they let a situation get this out of hand?

14. [+19, -0] What in the world did they do to saddle her with 3 billion won in debt? I'm failing to understand how FNC came to that number.

15. [+19, -0] "The most important priority here..." FNC trying to distract from the main point ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ


Millennial women grapple with the role of the 'oldest daughter' in Korean society

Film 'Move the Grave' 2019

Article: The reason people say "I feel bad for mothers without daughters"

Source: Oh My News via Naver

Article talks about the perception of the role of being the 'oldest daughter' in a patriarchal society and the expectations put on these women to hold up and support their families at their expense. More millennial women are coming forward with stories of being 'emotional trash cans', forced emotional labor, and the stress of being trapped in such a role, and their journey to finding their true selves.

1. [+2,396, -88] I'm the oldest daughter... as well as a mother to two sons myself. Much of this is upheld by my own parents. They expect their daughters to be there for them to depend on, lean on... while they give all of their emotional support to the sons. Parents only claim they want daughters out of their own selfishness.

2. [+1,337, -136] I'm the oldest daughter with one younger brother. When I was younger, I was expected to listen to all of my mother's complaints while taking care of my brother. I didn't realize it then but now that I'm older, I see that I was just an 'emotional trash can'. I suddenly didn't want to listen to her complaints anymore. My mother never listened to me and expected me to listen to her~ so I told her that I don't want her to talk to me about my father or grandmother. It's not like I can solve any of her problems, and I just don't want to hear about it anymore.

3. [+785, -44] People who brag about daughters being the best, how they're best friends with their daughter... it may all sound like praise but it's verbal violence. Most of the mothers who say this stuff usually have a poor relationship with their husbands. They take out all of their problems with their husbands on their daughter. Daughters are then forced to feel responsible for their mother, to feel guilt, and because they're daughters, they're expected to continue to listen to these complaints and internalize their struggles to themselves. Mothers take this for granted. Some mothers even get jealous when their daughters eventually grow up to be independent and live happy married lives away from them. To all of the selfish mothers out there, please stop complaining about your lives to your daughters. Keep your marital issues to yourselves. Parents need to learn to be happy on their own.

4. [+802, -142] The first borns of any gender have it hardest, period. I'm not only the oldest daughter but the oldest grandchild and the only female grandchild on my mother's side. The oldest is expected to uphold all of the family's traditions and is placed with more responsibilities. Men are then expected to take the patriarchal role and be financially responsible for the family as well. Women take the role of child rearing. It's hard for any gender of the oldest role and there's no point in arguing which gender has it the hardest. Let's not try to make it a competition.

5. [+287, -5] I always hope to become a parent that doesn't depend on my children. I do have a daughter but I don't take it kindly when people tell me about how it's so necessary to have at least one daughter in the family. Whether I have a son or daughter, it's my responsibility to lead them into adulthood the best I can. I shouldn't be expecting to depend on them in my retirement. Don't depend on your children. If your child plays well with their siblings, that's something to be grateful for, not to take for granted. If your child grows up to be helpful to you, that's something to be grateful for, not to take for granted.

6. [+253, -6] Daughters and sons, it all comes down to the individual in the end

7. [+245, -42] It's always the elderly who overstep boundaries when you tell them you have two daughters and they're like "oh no, what're you going to do without a son?" or "it'll be perfect if you have one more son".

8. [+120, -2] There's that old saying that the first daughter is the foundation of the housework of the family... Imagine how overworked daughters were in our society that such a saying even exists? First daughters were expected to take care of all of their younger siblings and miss out on college to support their oppas in higher education... That was my mother's generation... and... I have hope that things can change with our generation...

9. [+140, -23] Mothers of only sons have probably always heard someone say "I feel bad for mothers without daughters". They don't seem to realize that the daughters of today's generation are not the same daughter's of the last generation. They are no longer responsible to bear the weight of their mother's emotional suffering. Daughters today are allowed to ask their mothers for help in spreading their dreams. This article is no longer relevant to our society.

10. [+120, -4] I have two sons and my mother-in-law always told me that she feels bad for me because I don't have a daughter. But now that she's in retirement age, she wishes to live with her son because she finds her son-in-law uncomfortable ㅋㅋ what the?

11. [+116, -6] I hate it when people say this as well. It's a culture that fails to view each person as a unique individual and views them instead as tools. This applies to both genders, and I think the article is right to point out this issue.

12. [+110, -10] Have any of you ever heard an oppa being told to make food for his female dongsaeng? You always only hear about female dongsaengs being ordered to make food for their oppa.


Animals fight to survive the heavy rain floods as lives continue to be lost in the struggle

Article: Avoiding the floods.. 'fighting for life' livestock

Source: Korea Ilbo via Daum

1. [+1,168, -4] Such a difficult time for both humans and livestock ㅜㅜ But it's still amazing to see these cows try so hard to survive, it makes you stop and think about the sanctity of life

2. [+792, -11] Please make sure these animals are saved

3. [+801, -21] Please untie your animals before you make your escapes. They're completely on their own...

4. [+722, -5] This breaks my heart

5. [+643, -4] Most dogs in the country are tied up so they can't escape if they want to, it's so dangerous ㅠㅠ

6. [+540, -7] Aigooya~~~ I feel so bad~~~~~~~ ㅠㅠ

7. [+494, -6] Look at them swimming to try and escape ㅠ poor cows ㅠ

8. [+474, -0] Sigh!!! ㅠㅠㅠ breaks my heart

9. [+434, -4] Please just survive, find strength

10. [+240, -4] Even the animals are suffering ㅜㅠㅠㅜ

11. [+103, -3] A fight for their lives

12. [+7, -0] Seeing stuff like this makes me oppose slaughterhouses. The urge to live exists in both humans and animals.


Saturday, August 8, 2020

Journalist defends Sam Okyere

Article: Sam Okyere is not at all at fault

Source: Pressian via Naver

1. [+8,404, -793] He has a history of slanting his eyes, he tagged the post with 'teakpop', he wrote in English that Koreans are ignorant, and posted a picture of minor kids to make a mockery out of them all over the world. And you really think he is not at all at fault? Is this journalist a black supremacist?

2. [+4,745, -392] Journalist, who are you? I understand telling people to respect different opinions and to be more considerate but to just come out and blatantly say he has no fault at all? I don't understand how you can just come out with a judgment all by yourself like he's 100% not at fault at all? Pressian? Whatever this outlet is, I'll be canceling my subscription because I don't relate to your opinion at all.

3. [+2,959, -442] One thing's for sure, Koreans definitely have learned that blackface is a taboo subject. Congratulations, Sam Okyere. However, because of your arrogant and anti-Korean attitude in the process, you will not be able to make money in Korea again.

4. [+2,069, -116] I can feel that Sam Okyere's agency is trying to stress that "blackface" is the root of the issue here. But let's put it into another perspective. What if a Korean man became a celebrity in some European country but high school students of that country were found cosplaying the rising sun flag. How could that celebrity have handled it? Perhaps by writing on SNS, "I'm sure Europeans aren't familiar with the history of the rising sun flag but it's akin to the Nazi swastika, so please do not use it." A post of that manner would've focused the subject on educating the public. Instead, Sam mocked Koreans in English and hashtagged what he did. What was he trying to do?

5. [+653, -23] I understand that blackface is wrong and that it made Okyere uncomfortable. Okyere's post in Korean was fine. However, the reason he's getting hate right now is not because of his remarks on the issue of blackface, but because he called Koreans ignorant and racist, and tagged 'teakpop' when it was irrelevant to the issue just so he could get international attention on the matter. I could feel his malicious intention to expose this instance of blackface internationally. 'teakpop' or 'kpop', what need was there to use those hashtags at all? Okyere was successful with his intention. A lot of foreigners are now hating on Korea on Twitter, and even Koreans are joining in on that hate. It makes me angry that Okyere's intention was successful.

6. [+590, -10] It's obvious what his intentions were with 'teakpop' but he's "not at fault"??? ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

7. [+444, -10] How are we supposed to interpret Okyere posting a picture of high school students without their consent, tagging it in a K-Pop gossip hashtag, and calling Koreans ignorant in English then?

8. [+421, -15] How can you expect Koreans and Americans to be the same when Americans have experienced a deep-rooted history of racism and Koreans have been a monoethnic country all our lives? Our environments are completely different so to expect Korean students to be aware of an American environment and then calling all of Koreans ignorant? If Okyere's intentions were purely to educate Koreans, then he should've written his post in English as it was in Korean, by pointing out what was wrong and aiming to educate. Instead, he called all Koreans ignorant, tagged 'teakpop', and posted with the intention to get Koreans criticized internationally. All of this is so blatant and you're really trying to say Okyere is not at fault? What relationship does the journalist have with Okyere?

9. [+385, -14] The journalist does not get it ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ no one is arguing whether blackface is racist or not, you fool. What people are criticizing is that he took a picture of high school students who had no idea what blackface was and posted it on his SNS and made Koreans out to look like racist devils to his international audience. He dishonored our country by putting down our education and tagged an irrelevant K-Pop tag with malicious intent.

10. [+128, -3] Journalist, your ignorance is not your fault at all

11. [+105, -2] What about when Black people were assaulting Asians? When an Asian grandmother was blasted with hand sanitizer and told to screw off? There are news of Black people harassing Asians in the news but has Sam Okyere ever posted it on his Instagram and talked about educating them too?

12. [+24, -0] Is the journalist crazy? Why no mention of Sam Okyere slanting his eyes? And for reference, teakpop is a tag used by people who find our country disgusting, who claim they would never go to a BTS concert even if given tickets for free, who call Koreans racist... He tagged that and he is still not at fault??? Journalist, what country are you from? I refuse to forgive someone who humiliated our country worldwide and refuses to take responsibility for it after posting a Korean apology full of nothing but excuses for himself.


K-Dramas continue to be a hit all around the world

Article: Even if they hate Korea, if they don't know where Korea is... homes all over the world are obsessed with K-Dramas

Source: Kor via Naver

1. [+2,091, -435] K-Dramas aren't quite as fun as our K-Government...

2. [+462, -38] K-Dramas are fine and all but... can we get rid of some of the forced sad/emotional plots that are only there to make a drama sell better? They make me cringe so hard.
- [+12, -0] Korean dramas always have obstacles that make it difficult for the lead characters to get married
- [+14, -3] But that's what we watch it for!! You don't seem to know the charm of these dramas~ㅎ
- [+26, -0] But isn't that what foreigners love Korean dramas for? Without all of those elements, it would just be like any other American drama.
- [+5, -1] Foreigners, especially viewers from SEA, seem to be really into it. Even the westerners were really touched by the forced sadness scenes in 'Train to Busan'.
- [+51, -1] Nah, that's what makes Korean dramas uniquely ours. We won't be any different from other dramas around the world if we remove those elements. I was also cringing through Gong Yoo's scenes in 'Train to Busan' but I noticed a lot of foreigners actually thought his scenes were the most touching ㅋㅋㅋ I think we're tired of it because were so used to it but these elements are still new and fresh to foreigners.
- [+14, -0] Ironically, our country is so into the melodrama genre that we've basically become masters of it. We're really used to it but I think that's what makes it fresh for foreigners. A roadblock that foreigners might run into is that they get interested in Korean dramas through our melodramas and realize there aren't other genres beyond that.
- [+4, -0] It is pretty disappointing that there isn't much to watch in Korean dramas other than melodramas... I've barely seen a drama without a romance element to it.

3. [+247, -135] It's just the flow of trends, isn't it? I've noticed a lot of popular Thai, Indonesian, and Brazilian works on Netflix too~

4. [+85, -0] Difference between Korean, Japanese, and American dramas: American dramas about police/doctors feature police who investigate and doctors who treat, Japanese dramas about police/doctors feature police who teach a life lesson and doctors who teach a life lesson, Korean dramas about police/doctors feature police in love and doctors in love

5. [+27, -1] Yeah, well, I'm tired of this K-HeavyRain

6. [+29, -5] ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Did the journalist really say that the plots of Korean dramas are more elaborate? ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ You've never seen an HBO drama, have you?

7. [+23, -4] Okay, I get that we're proud of this and all but let's not exaggerate with the 'worldwide' in the title... at most, it's probably just Asia or just SEA...

8. [+15, -2] Proud that Korean dramas are so loved by people all over the world. I hope that this improves our image. Korea fighting.

9. [+15, -2] I still find all this K-nonsense cringe. Just list which dramas are popular without putting a dumb keyword on it, as if every Korean drama in the world is successful ㅋㅋㅋ

10. [+6, -0] I recently visited Myanmar and every person I met talked about Korean dramas. They knew everything from the older dramas like 'Jumong' to 'Jangbogo' and 'Daejanggeum' to even dramas I've never watched. A lot of the people in the countryside knew how basic greetings in Korean and knew more about our country's history than me. I never paid much attention to the media talking about K-Drama and K-Pop and all that but I had no idea the influence was this wide and large... I was really surprised but also very proud.