Just because you have issues with K-pop doesn’t mean you have to be a dick about it

Even for the Global Times, this is pretty low:

June 23, 2011 was a sad day for South Korean Pop fans the world over when news broke that Lee Eun Mi, 24, was reportedly stabbed 65 times by a jealous boyfriend who saw red after Lee had broken up with him. Lee had been the lead vocalist of the girl band Iris and made her debut in 2005 with the group’s first album, Message of Love.

It’s not known whether the beau in question understood the point of this particular message or if he, like many young Chinese, just simply didn’t like the over-produced, sugary and image-centric nature of K-Pop.

One is tempted to castigate the writer, a one Jonny Clement Brown, but I suppose anyone along the assembly line—contributor Qian Chengya, copy editor, editor-in-chief, etc.—could have written that lede.

Besides, waking up every morning having to head to work at the Global Times has got to be punishment enough.

  • Scott N

    very sad

  • http://www.globalasianculture.com Liz

    Journalism 101. Stick to timely and relevant material. June 2011 was ages ago.

  • http://www.globalasianculture.com Liz

    Journalism 101. Stick to timely and relevant material. June 2011 was ages ago.

  • ChuckRamone

    I also read a Bloomberg article recently about Japan’s new economic policy under Abe and how it made Japan’s and Southeast Asia’s prospects look brighter, while it would probably be bad for South Korea, and there was a tone of schadenfreude in the headline and text. The article was written by an Asian correspondent.

  • wangkon936

    Reading this, I feel sorry for Eun Mi. However, at the same time for every psychotic boyfriend is a girlfriend who ignored the warning signs and decided that the benefits of dating a “bad boy” outweighed the danger to her personal sanity and/or safety.

    Psychopaths always give hints to the darkness and danger of their characters. Some people just choose to ignore the signs. It seems to me that young women these days are making increasinglystupid impulsive decisions on who they should date and more based on “exciting” personas and personalities rather than solid characters.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dcmusicfreak DC Musicfreak

    Jonny Clement Brown may well be a fictional person, constructed to give an international veneer to a cheap hit piece based on a very narrow Chinese nationalistic view. China has a major case of soft power envy toward South Korea. The phenomenon of Chinese commenters posing as somebody else happens everywhere on the web, but there’s simply no disguising Chinese (il)logic.

  • wangkon936

    My advice to expats regarding K-Pop is… guys, just embrace the emptiness and try to make some money off it, like that Canadian couple Simon and Martina over at EatYourKimchi.com.

  • que337

    Kyle Bass interviewed at CNBC expected different outcome about Abe’s new economic policy:


  • Cloudfive

    Did you SERIOUSLY blame the victim here?! She dated him for seven months and broke up with him. Even if he had said, “I will kill you if you break up with me”, normal people do not go around believing someone they know is capable of stabbing them 65 times. She avoided him after the break up and he ambushed her on her way home.

    No matter how many Dateline or 48 Hours mysteries one watches, one can hardly blame the victim if they happen to come across a psychopath in their life. In those same shows, for every “impulsive” girl dating a bad boy turned psychopath, there is middle-aged man duped by a young woman into signing over his life, literally. Here’s one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1S5QAb5Rdg

  • Nick

    Abrasive beyond reason and twisted. The come-back should be something like, I hope someone says something similar to you when a member of your family dies.

  • http://www.bcarr.com/ Brendon Carr

    Some women are ineluctably drawn, against their logically better interests, to bad men. Ever it has been thus. I recently read an article which posited that it’s an evolutionary adaptation.

  • wangkon936

    Not blaming the victim. Just making a commentary on her choice in men.

  • keyinjpop

    Link to the article please?

  • wangkon936
  • Cloudfive

    After only a cursory look, this article seems to be saying the research behind “evolutionary explanations” for “women being ineluctably drawn…to bad men” is complete BS. I would have to agree.

    Maybe I’ll finish the article after I look up the meaning of “ineluctably”.

  • yangachibastardo

    Thanks God for that…it allowed me not to die a virgin πŸ˜‰