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.