Regulating Suggestiveness

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Hyun Ah from the Kpop group “4Minute” dances on a chair, wearing short black shorts. (Yonhap News Agency)I’m not even going to be shy about it – Hyun Ah is about as pretty as a Vegas whore. But, the real doucbebags are the producers and the editors of this Hankyoreh infomercial for suggestiveness.

Emphasis on the sexy code leads to cases of forced exposure.

Hyun Ah from the Kpop group “4Minute” dances on a chair, wearing short black shorts. (Yonhap News Agency)I’m not even going to be shy about it – Hyun Ah is about as pretty as a Vegas whore. But, the real doucbebags are the producers and the editors of this Hankyoreh infomercial for suggestiveness.

Emphasis on the sexy code leads to cases of forced exposure.

The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family center for analysis and evaluation of youth policy conducted a survey of 103 male and female celebrities and aspiring celebrities aged 9 to 24 from July 21 and Aug. 5. A total of 10.2 percent of those below the age of 19 surveyed answered that they had exposed a part of their body such as legs, chest or buttocks before. In turn, 33.3 percent said they had been pressured to expose themselves. One worker on a music program said he or she had never seen a girl group member at a broadcasting company who was uncomfortable with exposure or refused to wear revealing clothing.

That’s the core of an article, right there. The rest is a free ad. And, this part is a primer is how corporations get around regulations.

South Korea’s broadcasting laws merely stipulate that decadence or violence must not be promoted in cases where viewers include children or minors. There are no clear guidelines. Rather, the mood is one of caution, where broadcasting companies make their own guidelines.

SBS recently determined “production guidelines for artistic programs,” where it decided to place restrictions upon performers who noticeably lowered the quality of programs through excessively lascivious performance of excessive exposure or behavior.

SBS’s publicity team explained that the broadcaster judged that “suggestive” scenes or subjects on programs were problematic.

MBC and KBS said that they had not decided upon specific guidelines, but that their general stance was such that they took it upon themselves to inspect items such as clothing in advance.

Show! Music Core’s director Kim Yu-gon said, “People such as the head of the artistic department and the producer examined clothing and dances in advance at rehearsals and demanded changes where necessary.”

Seo Su-min, director of KBS’ Music Bank, said, “As soon as the suggestiveness issue recently began to explode, girl groups’ management companies began to produce and bring separate clothes for use in terrestrial broadcasts and have continuously accepted demands to alter revealing clothing.” Seo also said, “KBS has also been paying attention to camera angles that swept up female celebrities’ bodies from head to toe or concentrated on specific body parts.”

Of course, no one talks about letting the performers start their own companies! Any man – or woman – who likes this is at least saving money on a trip to a strip club. Hyun Ah, you’re getting screwed!

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