Thursday, May 31, 2012

What the ... shocking reality?!?!?!?

So, the Korean network MBC aired a show called The Shocking Reality About Relationships With Foreigners. Foreigners are now up in arms over it. It has its own page on Facebook and people, them damn foreigners, are wondering what they can do about it.

This sort of racist shit is NOT new to Korea. I saw a lot of it during my 10 years there. It isn't just confined to their "media" outlets but they do use it to pander to the people. It is interesting to see "foreigners" getting so upset about it now. Where was the outrage when CYJ English Academy in Seoul posted their ad? An ad which their website still uses. Where was the outrage when shows like "Blue Eyed Devil's" aired on SBS a few years back? It was one of many shows when I lived in South Korea that painted all foreigners as drug users who only came to Korea to rape and corrupt the women.

A friend of mine feels that for many this was just the final straw. And in the age of Social Media it is easier to show your outrage. It could be that, although Facebook isn't THAT new. If that is the reason, holy shit it took a lot of racist BS before people got upset. No wonder people get away with behaving badly.

Someone on Facebook pointed out that it reminded them of an episode of The Simpsons. Homer was accused of molesting a babysitter. A local "news" program interviews him and then butchers it up to make it look like he is guilty. If you watch the MBC piece of crap you will see similarities. Like when one "victim" says nothing happened so the commenter says "She is too scared to talk about it."

Once again though, all I could think of, was that none of this sort of crap from the Korean "media" is new. Neither the stupidity nor the racism. All you have to do is look at the Korean Times to see how pathetic the "media" is there. Remember PD Diary and the story the faked on mad cow disease?

It is nice to see people finally starting to get their dander up over this sort of BS by the Korean "media". I just wish it hadn't taken so long for them to catch on to it. Hopefully they can actually make a difference.

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