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The MeToo tidal wave and backlash in South Korea

A long litany of scandals, that has so far claimed at least one life, has enveloped the entertainment and political landscape of South Korea

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Although the #MeToo movement was born out of Hollywood, it quickly became international in scope. And while some of its biggest headlines have aired on this side of the pond, it has been highly controversial wherever it has been felt, with predictable results not so different from those realized in the West.

A long litany of scandals, that has so far claimed at least one life, has enveloped the entertainment and political landscape of South Korea, which began with allegations of a female prosecutor alleging that she was groped by a male colleague, the calculation of which allegations appearing in solidarity with the Hollywood movement.

Popular Scandals

In late February, on the 19th, an anonymous allegation was released to an online community against one of South Korea’s leading award winning actors, Jo Min Ki, alleging that he had been sexually harassing some of his female students in the course of his role as a professor at Cheongju University.

The allegations, which eventually mounted to allegations from over a dozen women including actress Song Ha Neul, who took to Facebook to publish her testimony, led to the loss of his professorship at the University, the cancellation of his contract with his agency, Will Entertainment, after it had initially issued a statement on his behalf, and being edited out of a role on a television show which was soon to air. Less than two weeks later, Min-ki’s wife discovered that he had hung himself in the storage room adjacent to the parking garage to his apartment. Min-Ki had composed and released a letter containing his apology for his actions just before his death, the full contents of which have not yet been released by the authorities.

While the Min-Ki scandal was in full bloom, hit star Oh Dal Soo faced an anonymous allegation of sexual harassment, which didn’t make it too far. But when a second round of allegations came out, this time the accuser being Uhm Ji Young openly positioned her grievances with the star on JTBC’s ‘News Room’. After initially denying the accusations, Oh later publicly issued an apology for his actions.

Additionally, actor Jo Jae Hyun faced allegations of sexual harassment by actress Choi Yul, who pointed to him out as the aggressor via an Instagram post saying

“I was wondering when this would bust. Happened earlier than I thought. It’s now just the beginning. There are still many more trash out there. I can’t say much because I have a lot to lose but till the day where there are no perverts #metoo #withyou.”

Jo later issued an apology to his alleged victims. Jo was removed from the upcoming drama “Cross”.

Playwright and producer Lee Youn Taek faced allegations of sexual assault and abuse by multiple women, including actresses Kim Su Hee and Lee Seung Bi who published their allegations against the playwright onto Facebook. Other women also came forward to call out the popular artist for multiple accusations of rape anonymously via the internet. Lee issued an apology for his actions, but maintains his innocence of the accusations of rape and forcing his victim to procure an abortion.

Kim Tae Hoon, an actor known for numerous major roles, also faces accusations of sexual assault, also anonymous, and also through the medium of Facebook. Hoon has also issued a public apology, and has stepped down from his professorship at Sejong University, in addition to each of his other professional roles.

World renowned film director Kim Ki Duk is facing multiple anonymous allegations of rape and sexual assault by several actresses, one of which has resulted in a fine levied as settlement for violence, although the charge of rape was dismissed due to lack of evidence. Kim rejects the allegations against him.

Cho Jae-hyeon has apologized to his alleged victims, also actresses, who have anonymously accused him of multiple counts of rape and sexual molestation.

The South Korean music industry is also realizing its own share of MeToo accusations, as one member of the popular girl band f(x) took to social media via Twitter to decry instances of sexual harassment and assault, saying

“It happens everywhere, even here. I want to add my voice as well. Not only from what I have experienced but also from what I have seen my friends and loved ones have to go through… And because it’s so common, I hate to say it…the feelings become so numb and we all felt that we just had to ‘deal with it.'”

South Korean Poet, Nobel Prize front runner, former Buddhist monk, eighty four year old Ko Un faces allegations of sexual misconduct under the present mood of the MeToo movement. The scandal coming off of this story has led to his poems being erased from school texts and a library which bears his name being shuttered, as his rival, Choi Young-mi, accuses him of groping young women. Ko denies the allegations and waits to be exonerated through the passage of time.

Political Carnage

But the entertainment industry isn’t the only one being plagued by allegations of sexual misconduct as the MeToo tsunami overtakes the Asian nation which recently hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics. South Korea’s political sector is also getting its own fair share of the carnage.

Former Governor of the South Chungcheong Province, Ahn Hee Jung, who was aspiring after the Presidency, had his political aspirations fall victim to charges of sexual misconduct in the form of two charges of raping his own staff members, including his own secretary.

Another politician, Min Byung-doo, of the Democratic Party of Korea, faced the claim that he had forcibly kissed her following a dinner back in 2010, following which allegations, Min has since stepped down from his position.

The Minjoo party, which was aligned with Ahn, is being extra careful with what they say and do, and are looking to implement stricter profiling procedures in order to help protect themselves from any further political damage that could be wrought through further allegations against party members.

Even the President’s administration is concerned about the possibility of a member being accused, as such a thing occurring during the course of the present political and social climate could be politically devastating.

Backlash
The funeral for Jo Min Ki took place five days ago, leading up to which, an online petition submitted to the President’s website calling for Moon to attend the funeral, given that he had publicly supported the #MeToo movement and assigning partial blame to him for promoting it, with the movement being seen as the reason why the popular film star took his own life.

The actress who accused Jo Min Ki of sexual assault on Facebook, Song Ha Neul, has seen her Facebook page become inundated with “malicious comments”, where commenters have asserted that she is also to blame for the actor’s death by taking her allegations to social media rather than filing legal charges against him for his actions.

One of the more predictable results of the movement in South Korea, much like in the West, is an increasing climate of ostracism where women are being excluded from social gatherings and business trips as well as generally avoided by men in the work environment.

In some cases, even managers are putting distance between themselves and the female members of their staff for fear that she may introduce a MeToo moment in the form of an accusation that could destroy men’s careers as the allegation alone can utterly ruin a reputation and career, with no investigation being necessary for that result.

While the MeToo movement might in some cases draw necessary attention to some real issues that are increasingly prevalent in some industries, it has an unforseen effect of leaving women utterly abandoned and on their own in the professional world.

When someone’s accusation can be a permanent life changing, reputation destroying issue, men become wary of being in close proximity with, and, most especially, being alone with a woman. This iteration of feminism, rather than empowering women and propelling them further in society is producing a backlash that does anything but that, leaving them, in many cases, to fend for themselves.

In a society which boasts sexual liberation, promiscuity is viewed as a form of empowerment in many parts of the West, where frequent, unscrupulous sexual intercourse is par for the course, it can seem somewhat hypocritical of such a society, especially its cultural fountain in the modern entertainment industries, to decry the effects of a culture which they, themselves, tirelessly promote.

It can seem confusing for gender relations when for decades women have opened themselves up to intercourse with people they meet over a few drinks, and how this has come to be viewed as normal, the idea that the person who hits on her is guilty of sexual assault accusations, especially when she doesn’t reject him, possibly introduces a certain friction. In the climate of the MeToo movement, a man can find himself on the receiving end of sexual misconduct allegations for something that, when it happened, could have seemed entirely consensual.

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Canadian Lawmaker Accuses Trudeau Of Being A “Fake Feminist” (Video)

Rempel segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career

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Canada’s feminist-in-chief Justin Trudeau wants to support and empower women…but his support stops at the point where said women start creating problems for his political agenda.

That was the criticism levied against the prime minister on Friday by a conservative lawmaker, who took the PM to task for “muzzling strong, principled women” during a debate in the House of Commons.

“He asked for strong women, and this is what they look like!” said conservative MP Michelle Rempel, referring to the former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who has accused Trudeau and his cronies of pushing her out of the cabinet after she refused to grant a deferred prosecution agreement to a Quebec-based engineering firm.

She then accused Trudeau of being a “fake feminist”.

“That’s not what a feminist looks like…Every day that he refuses to allow the attorney general to testify and tell her story is another day he’s a fake feminist!”

Trudeau was so taken aback by Rempel’s tirade, that he apparently forgot which language he should respond in.

But Rempel wasn’t finished. She then segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career. This from a man who once objected to the continued use of the word “mankind” (suggesting we use “peoplekind” instead).

The conservative opposition then tried to summon Wilson-Raybould to appear before the Commons for another hearing (during her last appearance, she shared her account of how the PM and employees in the PM’s office and privy council barraged her with demands that she quash the government’s pursuit of SNC-Lavalin over charges that the firm bribed Libyan government officials). Wilson-Raybould left the Trudeau cabinet after she was abruptly moved to a different ministerial post – a move that was widely seen as a demotion.

Trudeau has acknowledged that he put in a good word on the firm’s behalf with Wilson-Raybould, but insists that he always maintained the final decision on the case was hers and hers alone.

Fortunately for Canadians who agree with Rempel, it’s very possible that Trudeau – who has so far resisted calls to resign – won’t be in power much longer, as the scandal has cost Trudeau’s liberals the lead in the polls for the October election.

 

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Tucker Carlson summarizes the Trump and Russian collusion saga [Video]

Tucker Carlson excoriates the slander against President Trump, but goes farther to call out the establishment elite in their crimes.

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Speculation this week has been rather strong that Special Counsel Robert Mueller III is about to release his report concerning his investigation in to the allegation that Donald Trump and his campaign colluded with elements of the government of the Russian Federation to…?

What, exactly?

That is where things get a little unclear. The narrative line says to “influence the 2016 presidential elections”, or “to steal the election from Hillary Clinton” – but that is about as far as any official narrative line goes. This ambiguity, masquerading as clear language, has created a further belief among a very large number of Americans that what actually happened was that this collusion actually extended into some form of vote-tampering, and amazingly, a recent poll Tucker Carlson mentions in his video we offer here says that some 53% of Americans actually believe that somehow the election results were altered by the Russians.

The question Tucker Carlson leads his report with is, “did the President betray his country?” However, as one goes through the list of events, insinuations, fabrications, attacks and nonstop innuendo that has led the US and Russian relations to their worst point since the Cold War, for no specifically stated and verified reason, one wonders who is doing the betrayal.

Now, in one sense, America owes no allegiance to Russia. But Russia also owes no allegiance to America, and the idea that Russia should is part of this effort by the American establishment. That establishment seems to believe that all the world should owe allegiance to the United States, at least as shown by words and actions of the Americans vis-a-vie foreign policy matters. But the truth is much closer to President Trump’s own notion of a brotherhood of nation-states rather than hegemony. He stated this noble thought in his first UN address in 2017:

Being in a brotherhood relationship with Russia and China is apparently beyond the pale for the American political establishment, hence, the Russia collusion investigation and over two years of nonstop slander, ostensibly designed to keep this from happening.

This is one reason why the notion that Mr. Mueller will actually release a report now is being met with a lot of distrust. We have heard rumors from DC for probably well over one year that the “report was imminent”, but nothing ever came of it. Even this week, Vox reported that the Mueller office asked for an eleven-day filing deadline extension for some reason.

To be blatantly speculative, the likelihood is that the report is every bit of a non-event as the pro-Trump crowd believes it is. However, bringing a stop to the President’s hoped-for policy is something that must not happen. The chances are therefore that whatever is released (if anything) will also be somehow curiously coincidental with some very similar allegation coming from somewhere that shows that while Mueller didn’t find anything, someone else did… and then the full-on media blocking has a new basis for continuing its efforts to disrupt and even destroy the work of the current administration.

As a parenthetical side note, Tucker Carlson is known for excellence in reporting and following stories like this one. What is particularly striking in this video is the directness with which he calls out other examples of very bad policy and actions that resulted in zero punishment for the people who did it. In particular, he calls out the whole 2003 Iraq War noting that the narrative of “weapons of mass destruction” was similarly false, costing thousands of American lives (not to mention the hundreds of thousands that died in Iraq) and a trillion dollars wasted, yet the chief players in that event, such as John Bolton still hold important posts in US government today. The bitter truth is that there remains a strong “untouchability” in Washington, and there is nothing that is likely to change that except President Trump.

Perhaps that is the reason for the resistance to his presence there.

 

 

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New Zealand weapons ban dream move of leftist activists

The American left is sure to pick this up and start screaming for an “assault weapons ban” because this supports their agenda so well.

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Reuters reported on Thursday, March 21 that the Prime Minister of New Zealand enacted a sweeping change, banning weapons of the type that were used in the massacre of at least fifty Muslims, who were gunned down on livestream while in Friday prayer services in Christchurch last week. We quote from the Reuters piece below, with added emphasis:

New Zealand will ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in its worst mass shooting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.

In the immediate aftermath of last Friday’s shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, Ardern labeled the attack as terrorism and said New Zealand’s gun laws would change.

“On 15 March our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too. We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place,” Ardern told a news conference.

“All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday 15 March will be banned.”

Ardern said she expected the new laws to be in place by April 11 and a buy-back scheme costing up to NZ$200 million ($138 million) would be established for banned weapons.

All military style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles would be banned, along with parts used to convert weapons into MSSAs and all high-capacity magazines.

Australia banned semi-automatic weapons and launched a gun buy-back after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 in which 35 people were killed.

Ardern said that similar to Australia, the law would allow for strictly enforced exemptions for farmers for pest control and animal welfare.

“I strongly believe that the vast majority of legitimate gun owners in New Zealand will understand that these moves are in the national interest, and will take these changes in their stride.”

This is undoubtedly going to be real red meat (or perhaps real vegetables) for the anti-gun lobby in the United States. This is because New Zealand strongly resembled the US in terms of firearm rights and the penetration of numbers of guns in the populace of this remote island nation. Reuters continues, with statements that would probably surprise, even horrify some gun owners in the States, but which are doubtlessly useful for the application of pressure on such individuals:

New Zealand, a country of fewer than 5 million people, has an estimated 1.2-1.5 million firearms, about 13,500 of them MSSA-type weapons.

Most farmers own guns while hunting of deer, pigs and goats is popular. Gun clubs and shooting ranges dot the country.

That has created a powerful lobby that has thwarted previous attempts to tighten gun laws.

Federated Farmers, which represent thousands of farmers, said it supported the new laws.

“This will not be popular among some of our members but … we believe this is the only practicable solution,” a group spokesman, Miles Anderson, said in a statement.

The main opposition National Party, which draws strong support in rural areas, said it also supported the ban.

The changes exclude two general classes of firearms commonly used for hunting, pest control and stock management on farms.

“I have a military style weapon. But to be fair, I don’t really use it, I don’t really need it,” said Noel Womersley, who slaughters cpoliticalattle for small farmers around Christchurch.

“So I’m quite happy to hand mine over.”

To be absolutely fair, the attack on the mosques was an awful event, made the worse by the shooter’s deliberate attempts to politicize various aspects of what he was doing and what he “stood for” as an attack ostensibly against US President Donald Trump, some seven thousand miles away in the United States.

The immediate reaction of the people interviewed, some among them related or friends with the victims of the massacre, was to embrace the weapons reform laws:

Nada Tawfeek, who buried her father-in-law killed in the attacks, Hussein Moustafa, on Thursday, welcomed the ban.

“It’s a great reaction. I think other countries need to learn from her [Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern],” Tawfeek said.

Mohammed Faqih, a member of the Islamic clergy who flew in from California and attended the funerals for some victims on Thursday, said he was “extremely grateful” for the gun ban.

“I wish our leaders in the States would follow on her footsteps and do the same thing,” he said.

One can expect there to be quite the outcry among American liberals about gun control, especially if anything remotely resembling this event takes place or is thwarted in coming days in the US.

It may seem very cold and cruel to focus on the political angle of this story rather than the human tragedy that it is. However, in this situation we have seen signs that the most vile form of human tragedy has actually taken place – the murder of dozens of innocent people for a mere political point. Indeed this thought has been noted and vilified already, as Mr. R.X. Dentith, writing for the New Zealand website Spinoff here quoted:

American paleo-conservative Rush Limbaugh was one of the first to note: “There’s an ongoing theory that the shooter himself may, in fact, be a leftist who writes the manifesto and then goes out and performs the deed purposely to smear his political enemies, knowing he’s going to get shot in the process. You know you just can’t – you can’t immediately discount this. The left is this insane, they are this crazy. And then if that’s exactly what the guy is trying to do then he’s hit a home run, because right there on Fox News: ‘Shooter is an admitted white nationalist who hates immigrants.’”

…[P]eople like Limbaugh… can’t stomach the idea the terrorist action in Otautahi might be motivated by the kind of rhetoric Limbaugh helps disseminate – tend to think there is a culture war going on, and they are on the losing side.

This war has many names, and the enemy is easily identified: it is the battle against Cultural Marxism; the fight against Toxic Feminism; the resistance to Identity Politics; and the fear of the Great Replacement, the thesis at the heart of the terrorist’s own manifesto.

The Great Replacement thesis posits that the majority white European countries are being “invaded” by non-white, non-European peoples. Not just that, but due to declining birth rates in the West, this “invasion” constitutes a wholesale replacement of the white population over time.

Mr. Dentith tries further to knock down this notion of the Great Replacement. However, he misses a much more basic point.

Someone who goes and takes human lives and broadcasts them for any reason is not a mere political operative. The person who does this is a very sick, deranged human being indeed. Evil is certainly appropriately used here.

However, evil is often quite cunning, and despite the intellectual arguments about the reality or non-reality of any particular manifesto statement, in this case, the killer played the media with infernal intelligence, and they took the bait. It is possible that Prime Minister Ardern also took the bait, in this most awful of bad situations, and to give her credit, she took swift actions to try to “correct” what was wrong.

But the problem here was not the type of weapons used. The problem is the fact that they were used by a person who thought these fifty people’s lives were worth nothing more than a bit of policy change. One of the worst examples of human evil in recent times, this incident shouts to the world that there is a problem, but the problem remains unsolved, even though many people will hand over their firearms out of a genuine wish for compassion to those lost and the hope that somehow this action will prevent a future incident.

But the logic of this emotional reaction is nil. And what is worse is that the American Left knows this, but does not care. The movers and shakers of liberalism will likely milk the actions of sincerely horrified New Zealanders for all they are worth to try at affecting change in American constitutional rights.

And the innocent dead will not rest in peace, because the real problem has not even been examined.

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