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Korean-made condoms given to Olympic athletes, and other post-Olympic crap

- You’ll be happy to learn that the official condom of this year’s winter games were made by Korean manufacturer Unidus.

Daehanminguk mansei!

Some 100,000 condoms were given out to the 2,800 athletes. And if reports are to be believed, they needed them.

Unidus is a medium-sized company founded in 1973. In addition to condoms, they also make surgical gloves.

- Vlad Putin has awarded Victor Ahn the Order of Lenin Merit to the Fatherland award. He’s reportedly also been given an apartment in Moscow. Just nice to know he won’t be joining the hockey team in Siberia.

- I wonder if Korea’s failure to pass an anti-discrimination law—a failure largely attributed to anti-homosexual Christian groups—will become an issue in the run-up to the PyeongChang games.

- Likewise, I wonder how Olympic snowboarders are going to get around Korea’s strict anti-pot laws.

- Korea might have had a disappointing Olympic games, but it did place first in one category: dead last finishes.

- And in the New Republic, we’ve got, “Yuna Kim Has Not Had Plastic Surgery, and Koreans Love Her For It.” As TheKorean put it, “I was actually wondering why this type of article did not appear sooner. ‘What are two things that I know about Korea? Plastic surgery and Yuna Kim! Let’s write a story about linking the two!’ Morons.”

- That said, Kim Yuna has grown into an insanely lovely young woman.

- Then, there’s this:

- Kim Yu-na and han. OK, although like Choe Sang-hun pointed out, the anger really wasn’t there this time around. It also makes you wonder what cultural element is responsible for the fact that the Americans seemingly can’t have a major sporting event without either the winning or losing fans rioting.

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  • A Korean

    Mansei!
    Mansei!

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    Haan. They should spell it with two a’s, or put a line on top of the “a” or something. It’s a long vowel.

    Re: Yuna Kim Fan video
    Nothing sexier than a man who knows what his physical assets are and knows how to flaunt it. He needs to gain some weight, Yuna’s eyes look too squashed together because the spacetime fabric on which it is sketched is not expanded enough.

  • Sumo294

    You have finally learned how to project–to the point sarcasm–perhaps you have begun to change.

  • A Korean

    Hey, can a Korean get a mansei?

  • I AM IN ODE

    Did you ever cover the story “Koreans Biggest Clients of Prostitutes in Southeast Asia’?

  • I AM IN ODE
  • I AM IN ODE

    The U.S. State Department’s annual report on human trafficking also points to Korean men as being the main clients of child prostitutes in Southeast Asia and Pacific islands, and added that the Korean government has yet to crack down on offenders or attempted to curb the trend.

  • Sumo294

    Koreadumbdumb–what do you think would happen if Victor Ahnn wins another 3 gold medals for Russia at the 2018 Olympics in Korea?

  • Sumo294

    How exactly do you know if someone is homosexual? Are you asked if you are homosexual in a job interview? Does someone inspect your sphincter during a physical exam? Do you take a psych test to see if you have homosexual leanings?
    My advise is not to wear large pink ostrich feathers to your job interview–and most probably and likely–the issue will never come up.

  • bigmamat

    I’m glad to hear young people are having sex. That’s what they’re supposed to do. Not sit on their cell phones playing Bejeweled, at a keyboard jerking off, or worse yet slut shaming and pissing all over anyone they can find on twitter. Meet face to face, get a buzz and get laid it’s good you and good for humanity.

  • namepen

    Except when someone asks you what your plans are for the weekend and instead of saying the truth, about say going hiking with your same sex partner, you have to lie.

    It is only a small lie, but it is the sort of lie that you are going to have to tell in many different ways to everyone you ever meet at work. Also be careful not to have any pictures or any other ‘incriminating’ evidence as that might give the game away. You will have to contsantly be on your guard so as to maintain your secret. What a fun way to live!

    Then when you are 34 and people keep asking you why aren’t you married or even have a girlfriend, you are gonna have to come up with a good excuse. Not to mention dodging well meaning colleagues trying to set you up.

    As bad as that is, can you imagine being trans or disabled. Remember an anti-discrimination law doesn’t just protect homosexuals.

    Alternatively, the government could just do its job and protect the rights of people not to be discriminated against for things that are simply part of their identity.

  • Sumo294

    Oh . . . you mean you have to stay in the closet. Hmnnnn . . . yes quite horrible. Could you imagine having to lie your whole life? This is very much an injustice. What we need is a multipronged comprehensive investigation into such injustices layered with a five year multi-regional study with in depth psych evaluations to measure the amount of grief and suffering of every Korean gay man and woman so that we can convert such pain into governmental monetary compensation and assistance. ASAP.

  • ChuckRamone

    Did you guys see this Onion video?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhKuqGyFqh8&list=UUfAOh2t5DpxVrgS9NQKjC7A

    I don’t know why, but it’s not working. It’s the Onion story on the Olympic Village and all the sex the athletes are having with each other.

  • wangkon936

    I’ve looked at condom and surgical glove companies. They are low margin, commodity businesses, like 5-7% profit margins tops.

  • wangkon936

    Get a bunch of young and healthy people in a compound, living together for a period of time and it’s gonna happen. It’s not rocket science.

  • namepen

    …or just an anti-discrimination law.

    Plus if anyone is going to pay compensation it should be the companies that engage in discrimanatory practices.

  • Sumo294

    What we need to do is the change the perception of being gay in Korea. The first Korean man sent to space should be gay. We need more gay Korean guys to win Nobel prizes in economics and chemistry. We need a gay man to win gold in men’s figure skating and then send him to America and have him do the gay circuit. We need Korean gay martyrs–we need to send some to Moscow to be beaten and sent to prison. Also we need more gay Koreans to send more money to super pacs in order to influence party line votes. Also, we need lonely thirty-nine year bitter single women in Korea to pretend to be gay to raise gay awareness in Korea (well perhaps some are not pretending). We also need to make artistic gay movies that no one will watch and have the gay movie director cry and tell the entire nation Korea that everyone is homophobic for refusing to pay ten dollars to watch two grown men sodomize each other.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    Homosexual rights got some headlines during Sochi, but so did this:

    The culling of Sochi street dogs and the peril they faced:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sochi-dog-lovers-save-strays-from-poison-as-cull-continues-in-olympics-city/
    http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/05/world/europe/russia-sochi-stray-dogs/

    and then came adoption of these dogs:

    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/02/american-olympians-continue-to-adopt-all-of-russias-stray-dogs/
    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/02/18/sochi-dog-adoption-us-olympic-team_n_4808305.html

    And we all know what Korea is notorious for. Anti-discrimination laws for gays? Pah, it’s going to pale into insignificance. I just hope to Gawd that the stupids don’t take it as an affront against the nation and culture with exaggerated sensibilities.

  • bumfromkorea

    “March of the Strawmen” by Sumo294 (2014).

  • Tapp

    Yes, it’s been mentioned one or two hundred times in completely non-related stories.

  • Tapp

    There is one major difference between homosexual rights in Korea and in Russia. Korea does not have an anti-discrimination law that specifically protects the LGBT community. Russia has specific laws that take away basic rights only because a person is gay. There is no comparison between the two situations.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Wait, no jokes about the condoms being too small for all the other athletes?

  • http://www.rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Thank you.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    Exactly. No doubt everybody will give Korea some massive stick before the next Olympics. Gay Rights is not going to be one, is all I’m saying.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    The dog thing has been done before, like before the World Cup, and it was a minor thing. Dogs really are not that big of a story, Yuna.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    One would have thought. Yet I think there were at least as many articles on this about Sochi on the Western media as the Yuna Kim story. Perhaps not the top headlines made by the support for the rainbow brigade..
    Also, I think this time round it will be even more compounded by the Koreans themselves who are staunch supporters of either side, and the standstill it’s at w.r.t. stuff.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    Well, looky here. 4 years left and already started.
    http://www.change.org/petitions/boycott-pyeongchang-2018-winter-olympics-in-south-korea-a-dog-eating-nation

    It’s hard to imagine that this sort of thing will not get picked up and blown up by Koreans and overseas people alike.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    It may be picked up but no one, but a fringe of nutjob activists, will really care. Its a non-starter of a non-issue, Yuna.

    The last comments there are from over a year ago. Looks like they got bored and moved on to a new issue.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    An article in the New York Times is not the equivalent of an article on SaveOurDogs.wordpress.com, Yuna.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole
  • SalarymaninSeoul

    The Sochi dogs were a blip on the news feed, Yuna. C’mon.

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    Referring to TK’s comments, it is quite common for Koreans in Korea to point out that Kim Yuna has a natural face. Perhaps it’s because she’s one of the few celebrities who hasn’t opted for surgery. It seems to be one of the many reasons why she is so (rightfully) beloved.

    TK chastises people for how little they know about Korea, and then when they DO discuss things they know about Korea he calls them morons. I don’t get it.

  • wangkon936

    “… she’s one of the few celebrities who hasn’t opted for surgery.”

    Because her job isn’t to be a celebrity first (or an actress or a singer). It’s to be an athlete first.

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    True, though there’s no denying that over the last 4 years she has been one of the biggest celebrities in Korea. But you’re right that her career doesn’t benefit from surgery in the same way a Korean actress’s would.

    It’s wonderful to see a beautiful and natural face on advertisements in Korea. It’s also encouraging to see Korea’s most popular young female portrayed as strong, classy, and attractive all at the same time. I hope this starts a trend. Maybe someday high school girls won’t be listing plastic surgery as one of their after-graduation goals as most of them did when I taught a few years ago.

  • Bob Bobbs

    Mansei!

  • DC Musicfreak

    I’d visit Ask a Korean regularly if somebody as level-headed and logical as BumfromKorea were running that site.

  • DC Musicfreak

    Uganda wil never host an Olympics. not in my lifetime, I tell ya!

  • DC Musicfreak

    People also know films and K-pop, which, fairly or unfairly, call to mind plastic surgery.

  • DC Musicfreak

    As the Korea-Japan dispute festers, you can bet Japanese nationalists will nurture the dog meat meme. But salaryman is correct that it has waned in strength since the World Cup and the WC controversy was mild compared to the ’88 Games. The Internet has created a horizontal media world in which every bit of click bait out there SEEMS as influential as the quality press.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    Eh? Japanese nationalists nurture dog meat meme?
    *Japan* is not their primary worry in this situation, mate.
    The difference of Japan from Korea is that by and large they know when to stay low when it’s an issue that they themselves have a blot on the sheet, whereas Koreans have no standard and shame and make loud noise all the time on all issues. Take the Korean prostitutes in Japan for example.

    This is exactly why the dog-meat advocates in Korea are known as head-in-the-arse, misdirected defenders of nation and its values. Fools, taking any criticism or advice as some sort of personal attack on their culture and right..

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    It generated almost the same article space on mainstream media (including your NY Times) as Kim Yuna incident. It might be a blip on the newsfeed of Korea but not for the rest of the world, judging by the looks.
    All I am saying is that Homosexuality right is not going to be the main stick. Korea should expect the onslaught of bad publicity concerning animal rights, and seeing as the development is going backwards on this issue within Korea from the rest of the world bar places like China, it should be ready for a lot of stick on this particular subject, some reasonable, some preposterous. Like the last linked article on the guardian, a lot of people, rightly or wrongly care about it.

    Western media has given a lot of coverage to Russia’s anti-gay policies, among other human rights abuses. There have been protests and social media campaigns calling for LGBTQ tolerance and rights. But the dog stories – with their adorable photos –stirred a level of outrage that seemed to cross greater political and geographical boundaries. And they certainly achieved faster results. It raises a quandary: do we care more about what happens to animals than other humans?

    Last year, researchers at Northeastern University conducted an interesting investigation to test if humans have more empathy for animals. They wrote a fake news story about a beating and then made four versions of it. The articles varied only in the type of victim that was hurt: a one-year-old child, an adult in his 30s, a puppy, or a 6-year-old dog. Participants in the study received one version and then rated their sympathy for the victim. The sympathy rankings were far higher for the dogs than adult humans (it was more even between animals and children).

    Like the Guardian says, it’s not wrong (except by Korean nationalists standard who will say the world has gone to the dogs), it’s just notable. It’s how it is.

  • wangkon936

    Just FYI, but there are some prominent celebs that have not had any (or very minimal) plastic surgery:

    http://www.lollipop.sg/content/if-you-think-kpop-stars-are-all-plastic-surgery-then-you-need-see-these-yearbook-pics-0

    http://www.allkpop.com/forums_post/allkpop/K-POP/clip-60-naturally-beautiful-korean-stars

    http://netizenbuzz.blogspot.com/2013/02/pann-confirmed-natural-beauties.html

    I would have to say that Koreans seem to prefer a certain “look” that is a bit uniformed and it may make the feel of artificiality appear to be greater than it may be.

    As a Korean American, it is interesting to see the kind of Korean (or Asian) look that Americans prefer to see:

    http://www.cbs.com/shows/the_mentalist/cast/23104

    http://sleepyhollow.wikia.com/wiki/John_Cho

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Chung

    http://www.koreatimesus.com/?p=7476

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Dae_Kim

    I think the look that’s popular in America probably wouldn’t be in Korea. Let’s just say that Americans appear to like to see their Asians look Asian.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Like the dolphin killers in that fishing village, Yuna?

    No one really cares about dogs or dolphins and the whole issue is being pushed by a very small, very vocal niche group.

  • wangkon936

    Last time I head from her she was complaining about the Polar Vortex. What do you want to tell her?

  • wangkon936

    Rob, I think you and I know who “I AM IN ODE” is. This particular incarnation is at least 20 IQ points lower than the last.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Its easy to have a natural face when it is already beautiful.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    You don’t get what? That TK is the biggest moron of them all?

  • Sumo294

    Please tell her she is missed–she was always knowledgeable about nutrition and personal well being. Her politics was left of center but she was always polite and articulate. Tell her I saw her shopping at the Hmart in Annandale, Virginia long ago and I wish she would come back to the MH.

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    You’re right that Westerners like Asian stars to look “Asian,” especially with olive skin and thinner eyes. I also notice older (35+) Korean stars tend to have a more traditional appearance. I think it’s because it looks masculine. Many younger male stars basically look like teenage girls with their bleached skin, bleached hair, and tight pants.

    And you’re right to point out that many Korean celebs haven’t had surgery – though many celebs do opt for eye surgery and nothing more, as do many non-celebs.

  • yuna_at_marmotshole

    As I keep on saying, tell that to the article space generated by the mainstream media – very small, very vocal, niche group indeed. Not to mention, one in 5 own a pet in Korea. Just how it is.

  • A Korean

    Aht-ssah!

    Man, some folks just ain’t got no seoul.