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Adultery Is Now Officially Legal & Ashley Madison Is Back

what-Once upon a time . . .

adultery was illegal in South Korea. People could go to jail because of it.
Sites such as Ashley Madison – that promote married people having affairs – were banned in South Korea, despite their efforts to sue Korea, claiming that the Korean Government was protecting local hook-up sites (see Brendon Carr’s first comment on the linked page), until, one day, the law was changed.

Now, according to the claims of Christoph Kraemer, director of international relations for Ashley Madison, “. . . Membership is growing quickest in India, South Korea and Japan.” (cite)
When I read about this, I checked and, yes, the site is accessible now from Korea and does offer support in Korean, however, since there are quite a few complaints of this service being fraudulent.  Several people I know thought that this site was a typical dating scam setup, where there are fake accounts setup just to drawn in the unsuspecting, so we thought it would be a good idea to test this and to ascertain if previous complaints had any merit and the following is what we found.

First, any adult can sign up for an account, which we did. We fought more over the online name than we did about anything else. We were torn between choices like “Nunchi lover”, “Peachy white guy” or “Tall and handsome carpet muncher” and so many other corny names but, just as soon as we created our account, we got four notices in our mail account from interested women, but wait, under the “viewed me” section of our account, it said “no one has recently viewed your profile”! Wow, these women must be psychic and married since they knew we had just joined Ashley Madison before anyone had even looked at our profile yet.

We went on to search the site for Seoul listings, for women that listed both Korean only or Korean and English as languages. We viewed several listings; many without photos. We pulled up one listing several times, arguing over whether or not a certain woman looked good or not. Lo and behold, some hours later, the same woman whose profile we had argued over had sent us mail but – we had spent no money to buy “credits” for the site’s service, thus we could not read the obviously juicy mail sent to us by the very women whose profile we poured over. We were also amazed because the site dashboard told us that no one had viewed our profile as of yet, thus this women must also be another psychic married woman, looking for action.

Well, it was obvious to us that the time had come to make a decision – do we wisely save our money or do we give in to our lustful, now legal desires?

After splitting the cost, we bought the cheapest option, which is still pretty expensive for one person. We also discovered a little tricky thing about this site.  As listed in the conditions for this service (DO READ THE FINE PRINT) they have the option to automatically charge your card or Paypal account to purchase additional credits for you to keep your account active:

. . . (we use an) automatic re-bill “top up” feature to keep your account active. In the event that any action you take or features you use on the Service that require the expenditure of credits results in you having a “zero balance” or a negative balance of credits, WE WILL AUTOMATICALLY PURCHASE (WITHOUT FURTHER AUTHORIZATION FROM YOU ONCE YOU OPT IN) FOR YOU THE SAME MEMBERSHIP PACKAGE THAT YOU HAD PURCHASED PREVIOUSLY . . .

basically, they reserve the right to charge you again if you are careless and opt-in without understanding what you are agreeing to. This auto-charging is a similar practice to one used by certain illicit online streaming sites where they offer a free trial for their service but the fine print says that if you don’t cancel the trial before a certain time, they will charge you the full fee and their fine print also says there is a cost to cancel.  Ashley Madison also charges for a “full deletion” of account information from their site as well, which again is in the fine print. (link) though you can hide your account from viewing.  It is definitely not clear just what happens to a members photo if they should cancel their service either.

There is also this bit of fine print from the site:

Our profiles message with Guest users, but not with Members. Members interact only with profiles of actual persons. Guests are contacted by our profiles through computer generated messages, including emails and instant messages. These profiles are NOT conspicuously identified as such.
You understand, acknowledge and agree that any interaction or messaging with our profiles is independent of, and separate from, our general database of Members who may be seeking in person or other kinds of encounters or introductions. You understand that you cannot meet any of the images associated with our profiles in person and you acknowledge and agree that such communications are solely for your entertainment and to encourage your use of our Service. You acknowledge and agree that the user conduct provisions of these Terms apply to your interactions with these profiles. If you do not wish to continue to receive communications or other interaction from our profiles, to which the receipt of such messages you hereby agree to and consent, go to “Manage Profile” and click on “Profile Options”, in “Profile Options” select “Check this box if you do not wish to by contacted by Market Research.” Then click on “UPDATE”.

This means that the “psychic married women” we encountered were actually Ashley Madison bots that were inticing us and giving us the impression that their site is really active with women looking for sex.

Once having bought credits on the AM site, they charge five credits to send mail to any member (or bot) though any additional follow-up mail to a member is free, according to their site.  Having loaded up on credits, our itching fingers grabbed the mail that had been out of our reach, only to read that the women wanted a photo and would reply if interested. She never did, in fact, after having purchase our credits, all mail from these psychic married women stopped completely.

Almost once every other day, we did get a “wink” from women who actually viewed our profile, right after we logged on, but were located on the opposite side of the earth from Korea (!??) and a couple looked like sex pros, but the dashboard on the AM site still told us that no locally available married women, including the ones we “winked” at, had viewed our profile. We are smug in a dejected sort of way at this point since we suspected that this very thing would happen, however we picked the sexiest pictures we could for our profile and feel that they have been wasted so far.  Even Saenuri Party Chairman Kim Moo-sung is more popular than we are and we feel we are collectively much more handsome than he is.

disappointed

“no one has recently viewed your profile”!

We sent out more “winks” to certain local women to show our interest in them. We tried a combination of English and Korean but to no avail and still no members in Korea, who are Korean, have viewed our profile! Only one local “member” (we never “winked” at them) did view our profile but they were listed as having English as a primary language and wanted to only chat, which was not a selected option for our profile.  Why were they trying to send a message to us?  We were looking for action and fun; not “chatting”.  Despite the sites’ statement in their terms and conditions that their “angel” bots would send messages to only “guests” we still received one message (with a Korean online name) from what apparently was a bot since the “member”(?) was not listed as having viewed our profile. We believe this should have been a violation of the terms and conditions of their site. (Note: we have kept a log and screenshots of everything as well just in case . . . )

A few listings did look like they *might* be actual people but we felt that the cost alone to determine if they were real would preclude investigating this further and some of the accounts had pictures that looked very much like the shots seen on those little business cards that litter the streets around Gangnam and Seolleung. Humm . . .

Even now, our conclusions are unanimous. We feel that people would have a better chance of meeting someone in Korea – married or not – by learning some Korean and learning how to smile and be pleasant rather than wasting their money and time on Ashley Madison’s site.  This site left us with more doubts about the veracity of the site than fun.  We think it is also probably a good idea for the Prosecutor’s Office, in Seoul, to investigate these people or have their site blocked since they are probably not the sort of people that should be allowed to operate in Korea.

The Sony Hack – North Korea Is Not Guilty?

The FBI and President Obama have declared that the DPRK hacked Sony and that a response would be forthcoming, however actual experts in data security point elsewhere, such as the Director of Security Operations for Def Con, who has stated “I am no fan of the North Korean regime. However I believe that calling out a foreign nation over a cybercrime of this magnitude should never have been undertaken on such weak evidence.” (cite)

Then there are the concerns of Bruce Schneier, who also does not believe the FBI has grounds to conclude that the DPRK is responsible.  Considering the problems with trustworthiness, I would tend to give more credence to the individuals, with actual credentials, than government organizations that have records of being less than truthful and biased in their actions.

Ladies, be careful of foreign guys offering you drinks: Dong-A Ilbo

The Dong-A Ilbo warns ladies to be careful of foreigners offering you drinks.

In May, a young man by the name of Kim got a urgent Kakao Talk from a female acquaintance of his who’d gone to a club in Yongsan. She was passing out and worried something might happen to her. He went to the club, found her passed out and surrounded by two foreigners, and rescued her. The next day, she told him that the foreigners gave her something to drink which had apparently been spiked.

She was rescued, but the Dong-A reports that there are women, defenseless against foreigners will ill-intent, who have been sexually assaulted. For instance, on Sept. 10, a 20-year-old woman was sitting at a Gangnam club with two foreign guys and a Korean guy. They gave her a drink which they’d spiked with sleeping pills. They brought her to a nearby motel, where they began filming parts of her anatomy with a cellphone. When she protested, they beat her. After a two week investigation, the cops arrested three guys for sexual assault, including a French guy and some model.

The Dong-A warns that there’s been a string of cases of foreigners sexually assaulting young women at clubs. What these assaults have in common, says the paper, is that the perps think Korean girls are easy, and they make ill use of Korean girls’ expectations about meeting an exotic stranger.

The reporter went to a Gangnam club on Oct. 8 and saw—and no, I’m not shitting you, this is what he wrote—some foreign guys constantly checking out the bodies of Korean girls or directly going up to girls, putting their arms around them and talking to them. One white American guy in his 30s apparently told the reporter that his friends say it’s easy to make a Korean girl your girlfriend, and if a foreigner sexually assaults a girl, it’s because there’s a widespread feeling that Korean girls are easy. Foreigners who might mistakenly believe they are sexually superior use the vague expectations some women might have about foreigners to satisfy their sexual desires. Some police science professor at Konkuk University told the Dong-A that women who, seeing the foreigners who appear in overseas movies, develop romantic ideas about foreigners or a curiosity in the exotic, may let their guard down easy, putting them in great danger of being sexually assaulted.

Ahem.

That it’s relatively difficult for cops to find foreign criminals is also a factor, says the Dong-A. One club manager told the paper that some particularly wicked foreigners who bring drugs in think that if they get caught, they can just run back to their home countries. Police say it’s hard to track down foreign sex criminals since it’s difficult to find where they live and they often use rental phones. A police official said since it’s hard to manage foreigners’ personal information, foreign criminals are sometimes ID’d only after they’ve fled back home. He said the police need a systemic management system and hire more foreign affairs guys who can handle foreign criminals.

More on FATCA Compliance in Korea – America Still Has A Big Stick

If you American expatriates remember, back in March, we wrote a thread about the effect of the FATCA American tax law upon Americans living in Korea.  Between now and 2015 marks a transition period for foreign banks to comply with reporting guidelines issued by the US Government for reporting overseas income from Americans in Korea.  You may well ask why should the Korean Government and banks do the leg work for the IRS in America, well congress decided to issue an ultimatum to world banks “report to us or we will cut you off from the American market (congress has decided to punish foreign financial institutions that refused to surrender U.S. accountholder information by cutting off their access to critical U.S. financial markets) cite.

This means, to summarize, that beginning roughly now, any American with 10,000 USD in a Korean bank or at least 50,000 USD in assets (stock, trust, etc.) will be reported to the IRS in America. You may also think that this affects only Americans but NO – it directly affects Koreans, for example, today I sat in a certain major Korean bank and watched a Korean national open a new account and, to my compete surprise, one of the documents they signed was a FATCA compliance document – all in Korean – that confirmed that the bank customer was really a Korean citizen and not an American.

I would never have imagined that the US could or would insert themselves so deeply into the common affairs of citizens of a foreign country, to this extent; requiring them to sign a document stating that they are not American citizens!  This also explains why so many Americans were refused service from European banks this last year.

The perils of intercultural communication… in the KBO

As I said on my Facebook page, I don’t blame the ump at all for this. It’s one thing to get yelled at by a foreigner in a foreign language. It’s another to get yelled at by a foreigner in a foreign language for a pitch that’s clearly high and inside.

Charlie Shirek isn’t the only one experiencing communication issues in the KBO. Former MLBer Luke Scott was cut from his team last month for yelling at his manager. Well, for yelling at his manager and, one suspects, for putting up disappointing numbers. As Deadspin notes, though, Scott’s case might not be about cultural or linguistic misunderstandings at all:

The report’s “insiders” chalk things up to cultural differences, though no one’s actually on record as saying that. But why would there be any cultural confusion here? Luke Scott speaks fluent dick, and dick is a universal language.

Of course, Scott is a special sort of guy.

Quincy Black to face justice

Seoul Central District Court has indicted—and detained—a 29-year-old American on charges of producing a video of him having sex with an underage girl.

And yes, it’s Quincy Black.

He’s accused of taking a teenage girl he met on Korean Cupid back to his room, plying her with booze and filming them having sex with four pre-positioned cameras.

According to BreakNews, Mr. “Black” spent 20 hours a week teaching English to elementary kids and the rest of his time looking for girls. He edited and uploaded on to an overseas porn site the video he took of having sex with some of the girls. The videos then made their way back to Korea, and you know the rest.

I do find it interesting that the media took interest in this case but nobody’s mentioned this case yet.

Canadian accused of sex with minor in Cambodia may have molested minors in Korea, too: report

Remember how we mentioned a long-time expat here recently got busted in Cambodia for allegedly paying a 14-year-old boy for sex?

Well, according to John Power in Groove, this story might be worse. Much worse:

A former native English teacher in Korea currently facing charges of paying a 14-year-old boy for sex in Cambodia was previously arrested in Seoul on suspicion of fondling a boy and had a history of sexual activity with minors, according to former friends and a recorded conversation.

If the allegations made in the report are true, it would mean a lot of folk really dropped the ball here, including the cops (“I overheard cops laughing about who was going to have to talk with the foreigner”) and possibly the foreign community of Haebangchon:

Savoy added that the allegations against V**** were widely known among foreigners in Haebangchon.

“People talked indignantly but did nothing. I’m excluding a few people from this, including myself as well as anyone else who actually reacted towards a solution, but the general response seemed to be that the shock was public property while justice was an unrelated taboo,” he said in an email.

Why would justice be such a “taboo” in this case?

English teacher who made porn video extradited to Korea… might it be Quincy Black?

The Korea Herald is reporting that a 29-year-old American former teacher at an English village in Daejeon has been extradited from—of all places—Armenia to Korea where he is accused of having made a porn film with a teenage girl:

A 29-year-old American accused of having sex with a teenage girl and posting a video of it online was extradited from Armenia to South Korea on Wednesday, the Ministry of Justice said.

The ministry has been tracking down the suspect’s whereabouts since 2010, when he fled to China as the video stirred a firestorm of criticism in the Korean online community.

“The urgency of each case decides how fast the extradition will take place. In this case, it only took three months, whereas it could take up to three years for other cases,” a prosecutor in charge of the case told The Korea Herald.

Let’s see. Age? Check. Place of employment? Check. Public firestorm? Check. Might we be welcoming back Quincy Black?

(HT to Aaron)

UPDATE: Yep, it’s Quincy Black (thanks, TV Chosun!):

And to think people worried about letting the big newspapers have TV stations.

Anyway, according to the article, one of the girls in the video was 15 years old at the time. Which, if true, would explain why the authorities wanted him back.

As the Chosun reports:

Despite committing a sex crime against children, a serious offense, he shot a video of it with a picture openly on the wall with his name written in Korean. (Note to Chosun: I don’t think that’s his real name).

The Chosun also reports:

The video also caused a stir: as it got around, many foreigners posted comments or SNS messages disparaging Korean women, such as “Korean women are easy to meet (i.e., sleep with).”

I can assure you foreigners weren’t the only ones “disparaging Korean women” online as a result of that video.

Interestingly enough, this was the first extradition to Korea since Seoul joined the Council of Europe’s Convention on Extradition in 2011. So mansae, Korean diplomacy!

What I want to know is what the hell Quincy Black was doing in Armenia. I realize the Russians call people from that part of the world “blackasses,” but still, Armenia doesn’t strike me as a place where a guy like him is going to blend in.

Foreigners busted for drugs, complain of loneliness and stress in Korea

- Prosecutors in lovely Daegu have booked and detained six folk, including a Brit teaching at a local middle school and a Yank hagwon teacher, on charges of smuggling/using “new drugs,” in this case Spice and DMT.

Some 12 other folks, including a USFK dependent and a Canadian hagwon teacher, were booked without detention on the same charges.

Police accuse the motley crew of smuggling the drugs from China and the Netherlands using—sit down for this—international mail and either taking it themselves or selling it to other foreigners.

By nationality, nine were Americans, followed by four Koreans, two Canadians and one Brit, Australians and Kiwi. Personally, I blame the state of Colorado.

The accused reportedly told investigators during questioning that the started taking drugs to “alleviate the loneliness and stress of life in Korea.”

Oh, and speaking of foreign crime, Statistics Korea’s latest report on social trends show that the gap between foreigner and domestic crime rates are closing—the Korean rate of criminality is just 1.8 times that of foreigners. And to make matters worse, foreign criminals tend to be more violent—murder accounted for 0.59% of crimes committed by foreigners in 2010, five times the Korean rate. The rate for mugging was four times higher.

The return of Korean turtles and birds from the past

Lately a number of historical significant items have been returned to Korea – items that were alleged to have been stolen by U.S. soldiers.  It should be noted that in some cases these items were bought from Koreans – although the buyer should have been a little suspicious such as Sergeant Giltner who was approached by a Korean selling antiques from his cart:

One item, a huge carpet – nearly eighteen and a half feet long and about eight feet wide – made from the matched pelts of 48 leopards immediately caught Giltner’s attention. Although he didn’t explain how he had come by the carpet, the Korean peddler claimed “it was worth at least $25,000 and came from the Chang Duk palace in Seoul.” He was willing to sell it for a mere 150,000 Korean won – worth about $25 USD. Giltner promptly bought it and in a letter to his parents wrote that he was sending them “a pretty nice Korean rug” that he had picked up.

After the carpet was sent home, a Korean diplomat recognized the carpet as having come from Queen Min’s bedroom.  It was returned to the Korean government but now it has been speculated that the carpet was not the queen’s.

Los Angeles County Museum of Arts may be forced to return a Joseon era seal:

In a September statement, the museum said there was “credible evidence” that its Royal Seal with Knob in the Form of a Turtle was “removed unlawfully from the National Shrine in Korea.”

“While LACMA has not received a formal request from the Korean national government, we have reached out to them to discuss the results of our research and a mutually satisfactory resolution, including the return of the Royal Seal to Korea,” the statement said.

An official at the state-run cultural heritage administration told The Associated Press that South Korea in May asked the United States to investigate how the seal ended up at the Los Angeles museum known for showcasing art from ancient times to the modern era.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity citing department rules, said U.S. homeland security officials have confiscated the seal, as they investigate.

But not every item coming back to Korea is coming back by legal force.  A large number of Joseon era wooden birds are being given to a univeristy in Korea by a Japanese collector in the hopes of generating goodwill:

Haruo Yahashi, 79, owner of a surveying firm, has collected 140 such artworks, many of which were made in the 19th century and were used as gifts, ever since he fell in love with an elegantly sculpted bird he saw at an antique store in Tokyo some 30 years ago.

He will donate them to Daegu Health College in the city of Daegu in southeastern South Korea.

Many of the sculptures are 20 cm to 40 cm long and weigh between 3 and 5 kg. Some are painted in bright colors such as red and yellow, while others are covered with gold foil, a sign that they were originally owned by wealthy Koreans.

Mr. Haruo Yahashi explained his reasons for giving the gifts as,  “Japan-South Korea relations are facing difficulties now, but I hope my donation will help promote exchanges on a grass-roots level.”

Foreigners Gone Wild 2013

It’s the summer beach season, which means it’s time for this year’s instalment of Foreigners Gone Wild.

KBS got the ball rolling when an investigative journalism program ran a segment on the dangers of Korea’s summer vacation locales—no, I didn’t see it, but judging from the write-ups, the segment included drunk, rowdy (and naked!) foreigners at a certain regional mud festival (can’t think of which one) and pervs—foreign and domestic—secretly snapping photos of women at the beach. The foreign ones are apparently especially problematic because they deny everything and investigators can’t communicate with them.

Like I said, I didn’t see the program. I did read the Korea Times piece on the hidden—or not so hidden, as it were—camera issue on the beach, as did many of you, judging from my comment section. I particular enjoyed this line:

One police official stated, “Korean men usually don’t do anything that arouse suspicion, but foreign men have a tendency to satisfy their curiosity and take pictures. If you want to take pictures of a girl, ask her for her admission and even if you get the shot, posting it online is illegal.”

I’m reminded of the line in the film “Barcelona” about how shootings in America don’t mean we’re more violent than other people, it just means “we’re better shots” (HT to Mark).” What I think the cop really meant to say is that while Koreans get busted a plenty snapping unauthorised photos of the ladies, they’re less likely to simply pull out their camera and start snapping away in front of a beach full of witnesses.

It is interesting to note, though, that according to one report, 16 out of the 18 folk arrested for molesting bathers at Haeundae Beach (including hidden cameras) in 2012 were foreigner labourers. On a positive note, only one was Mongolian. Yay, Mongolia.

The Munhwa Ilbo ran a story on the “foreigners at the beach snapping photos of women in bikinis” crisis yesterday, which I note mostly because of the absolutely awesome illustration that accompanied it:

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The Munhwa Ilbo notes that the number of foreigners busted for taking photos of women has increased six-fold over four years, from just seven in 2008 to 43 last year. As of the the end of June, 25 foreigners had been busted, and the summer vacation period hadn’t even started. The Munhwa Ilbo also expressed concern about secondary damage caused when foreigners bring their photos back home and spread them, presumably online, and presumably opposed to, say, posting photos on domestic websites along with comments about humping white chicks (note: I have no idea if those shots were taken secretly or not).

More on Foreign Douchebag Video-Gate

The Korea Herald’s John Power has been in contact with a third person who claims to have been involved in “staging” the video of a bunch of foreigners abusing a Korean woman:

A Korean film studies graduate told The Korea Herald on Wednesday, however, that he was one of the makers of the video and that it was “totally fictional.” On Tuesday, two other men, who identified themselves as the Western men in the clip, had separately claimed that the video had been edited and was part of a series of short films shot in January 2011.
[…]
While the Korean, who has participated in film competitions here, declined to confirm to The Korea Herald that he was the director, he said that he had played a major part in making the film. He said he and the rest of the crew, whom he did not wish to identify, had intended for the film to be seen as “a work of art.”

He also said that he was very concerned about the reaction of Internet users to the film and felt sorry for the foreign actors involved, stressing that the current video was very different from the intention of the original. He added that he was not in possession of the complete footage.

I don’t know. I suppose these guys could be who they say they are. The explanations are a bit odd, though, as is the fact that they waited until the story appeared on a WaPo blog to come forward. At any rate, the WaPo’s Max Fisher doesn’t seem convinced it’s a fake, either. I guess it would be nice if the woman in the video stepped forward to say what happened, and even nicer if we could get some actual names.

Foreign douchebag video goes viral… in los Estados Unidos

UPDATE 4: There goes the neighborhood—it’s made the Daily Mail. What I want to know is why the Mail mentioned the Yank accent, but failed to mention the Irish one.

Who knew the Mail was so pro-Hibernian?

Honestly, the video has generated much more of a response in the foreign press than it did in the local press. Of course, that’s changing now—many papers might have passed on the video, but they won’t pass on a big American paper writing about the video.

UPDATE 3: Max Fisher tweets:

The Dong-A Ilbo piece on the WaPo post notes at the very end that a commenter claims the video was staged.

UPDATE 2: John Power at the Korea Herald has posted some of the results of his interactions with the folk who claim to have been “actors” in the video. The Sports Kyungyang picks up on the Korea Herald piece. Check out Gusts of Popular Feeling’s post, too.

UPDATE: In the comment section of Gusts of Popular Feeling, King Baeksu expresses a good deal skepticism regarding the authenticity of the video. He’s also not especially pleased with the decision to run the WaPo post when the video’s nature has yet to be verified. I highly recommend giving his comments a read.

Original Post: At the WaPo, Max Fisher does a pretty good job describing the Internet sensation that was the video of the foreigners harassing a Korean woman.

Jezebel subsequently picked it up.

Like I said, Fisher does an admirable job handling a subject that’s essentially one big minefield. I don’t know how much the video tells us about Korea’s glass ceiling, though—I’m sure you can make linkages, of course, but the problem of gender inequality in Korea probably deserves a fuller discussion. This part creeped me out a bit, too:

One Korea-based American to whom I sent the video explained why it can be especially tragic when Korean women are mistreated by Western men. Some Korean women, frustrated by their country’s restrictive gender culture, can see Western men as a gateway to a world where they’re treated more equally.

Not quite sure why the dashing of Joy Luck Club fantasies is “especially tragic.” Some might argue that it’s probably a good thing in the long run.

But I digress.

One of the comments at the WaPo grabbed my attention, and if anybody’s got more information on this, please, share it—either in the comments or via email (marmotshole@gmail.com):

This is a video made in Bedlam bar in Itaewon in January 2011. All the people were paid actors / actresses. The director is Korean and wanted to get famous for doing some edgy viral videos. This is one of them. He tried to release this over 2 years ago and nothing happened all the websites took it down for its graphic content. I know all this because I am one of the men in this video. I do not condone the actions that I did. But this was a paid acting job no one was hurt. The actress was wearing fake gums to make her teeth look bad and everyone left the shoot smiling and shaking hands.

I have passed on this webpage to the director asking him to come forward. It is up to him if he wants to reveal himself. 2 and a half years ago he wanted this kind of fame I do not know if it will do his current career any good.

Could be true. Could be complete BS. Would be interesting to get verification one way or the other.

Well, you have to admit at least that racial and misogynist abuse sounds better with a brogue

I’d seen the full version of this video on Facebook this morning. Wasn’t going to post it because the girl’s face was visible, but the Seoul Shinmun—bless their hearts—has remedied that issue:

Jesus. Just to note, the full-length version is much worse—as a Facebook friend puts it: “The original is 90 seconds. The number of ways they manage to be obnoxious in that time is something else.”

The video—seemingly shot at a club—has been spreading like wildfire on Korean online communities and through SNS.

What’s unclear is who shot it where and when. I imagine, though, that we’ll soon learn the details.

What I ask my Korean and Korean-American readers, though, is this—what is it about white Western culture that fosters such behaviour?

American English teacher indicted for up-skirt videos

Yonhap reports that a 45-year-old American English teacher has been indicted for using his iPod camera to secretly record some 306 up-skirt videos.

The alleged perv—a teacher at a famous language academy in Seoul—shot his work at public places like the subway between May 8 and May 15. Or so he is charged.

Police say he shot videos of the thighs, butts and other parts of women wearing short skirts or shorts as they climbed the steps or stood on inclines.

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