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Because we like our memes slutty

I haven’t had the time to keep my Korean up for the last way-too-long, but since Kangaji is soon to be within daily nagging distance, I will try to post something racy on a weekly basis.

As usual, the sports daily fills up space with a survey of Youtube comments about women.

Original from Sports Seoul.

18+ version "Kwiyo Misong" video release, attracting interest. / Youtube video capture
18+ version “Kwiyo Misong” video release, attracting interest. / Youtube video capture

18+ “Kuiyo Misong” release controversy . . . Netizens reproach “national shame”

Criticism is arising for the release of a 19+ version of “Kuiyo Misong” [“Cute smile”].

Recently the online video site Youtube carried a video of three women following along with “Kuiyo Misong” and sexily dancing in place, drawing a lot of interest. In the video, the women sit side by side on a bed and make sexy gestures. They give a dizzying performance, pulling down their sleeves and wiggling their butts.

But some netizens are raising their voices in reproach for the women in the video and commenters. It is not only that the behavior in the video is vulgar, but ecause they worry that since they put the word “Korean” [in English] in the title they will spread a negative impression of Korea and Korean women.

Netizens who saw the video responded, “While Kuiyo Misong parodies are trendy this isn’t like that.” “It brings shame to the whole country.” “In the second part they took off all of their clothes so it is good that they were stopped.” “I don’t understand why they would make something like this.”

Some netizens drew attention with the claim that the women featured in the video were transsexuals from another country.

The video in question.

And I just lost my weekend clicking through “Kwiyo Misong” videos.

This be Kangnam style, yo.

I should mention that Kangaji called me up in the morning last week and berated me (in a silly voice) for not posting lately.

What was apparently Korea’s most popular brothel has been busted (and only 20 people, aside from the owner, were arrested).

Is it just me or are the police unusually well-informed on the day-to-day operations of this place?
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More of PSY. (*sigh*)

More coverage on the PSY thing.

Maybe Chairman Kangaji can, if he gets bored, do a side-by-side analysis of the English and Korean versions of his apology.

Original from Sports Tong-a.

US netizen peition, “Cancel PSY’s White House performance”

Some American netizens have started a petition against PSY’s concerts.

On the White House “We the People” homepage over 500 netizens signed a petition to have PSY’s performance at the White House Christmas concert attended by the Obamas canceled.

But the White House immediately blocked the petition due to a violation of the rules of the site.

American media outlets such as the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER revealed that PSY sang songs reflecting anti-American sentiments twice between 2002 and 2004.

In response criticism of these past performances PSY issued a statement of public apology on the 8th. He explained, “The song “Dear America” that I had been featured in eight years ago was an emotional response to [the deaths of] two middle school girls and the Iraq War. At that time people all over the world shared an anti-war feeling.”

“The fact that there is freedom of expression is clearly something to be grateful for, but the fact that there are limits to the the words of expression was also understood. There is only regret that the lyrics to “Dear American” are translated. Throughout my life I will think with regret of the pain caused by the words in the song.”

According to the American media, the family of President Obama plans to attend, as is customary, the “Christmas in Washington” event held in the National Building Musuem in Washington DC. PSY is slated to perform at this concert.

The underside of plastic surgery in K pop

Found this story in a gossip column.

Original on In’gan Sports.

A pitiful event occurred when Miss B of girl group A cried at a broadcasting station and had to leave because the swelling hadn’t gone down from her “Pinnochio nose”. Group A just published a new album is in the middle of[promotional] activities. That day, the same as other days, they were waiting to perform on a broadcast television music program. But a supervising PD came and blocked Team A’s performance. The reason really took my breath away. The swelling in the nose of Miss B, who had cosmetic surgery, hadn’t diminished and had swollen larger. Her face had “transformed” to the extent that she couldn’t go out on the broadcast. In the end the PD stood and cancelled the performance and A group cried as they left the station. Miss B, take care. How much has her nose changed . . .

Hyona — Will she go too far?

Wow, am out of practice. Quick and dirty and barely legible translation.

Original from OSEN.

Hyona "Ice Cream"

Hyona, stronger than the bubble bath? Rated 19 video notice.

The judgment for what audience age rating the music video for Hyona’s new song “Ice Cream” will receive, giving notice to the appropriate level, is drawing attention.

Hyona is scheduled to release the feature music video for “Ice Cream” on the 22nd. Even though the “Ice Cream” teaser released on the 19th was rated for audiences age 15 and up, it is drawing attention for its unprecedented bubble bath scene, and level of the music video is expected to be much higher. A representative of the agency Cube Entertainment hinted, “It will feel a little stronger overall.”

In the past they [music producers] have intended to avoid the “age 19” rating, but recently, while there is a policy that teens can’t view, a higher level of expression has been allowed. Accordingly, it is likely that Hyona, who has preferred unconventional performances near the limits, will choose to take an “age 19” rating this time.

Recently there is the example where Ka-in put the music video for “P’iona [Bloom]”, which receive an age 19 rating, online, where it received a warm response.

Hyona’s EP Melting has been leaked out overseas and was urgently released at 2 PM on the 22nd. Notwithstanding the album’s unexpected release, as of this afternoon the album has leapt to number five on the charts of music sites such as Melon and has received a warm response.

Since the “Ice Cream” teaser video was released two days ago it has been ranked the most searched for video this week with more than 2.4 million hits.

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Ka-in’s “P’iona”. Halfway into the video, my brother came into the room and looked over my shoulder. After five seconds, he asked, “So, she’s just ripping off Madonna?”

Teaser video.

“Bubble Pop”, a previous Hyona solo release.

Korean media on Russian women

The Korean male perspective upon Russian women has, well, certain subtexts. Slavic women are exoticized and viewed as sexually available. So, this article caught my attention.

From Sports Seoul.

‘From face to figure, perfect!’ Russia’s beautiful women, ‘Jackpot!’

Miss Soviet 1988

[Caption: 1988 ‘Miss Soviet’ pageant photo / Russian site]

A socialist country has a feeling of dreary standardization. But even inside there people’s every actions accomplish something. [?] The praise of women’s beauty is the same.

Recently photos of beautiful women released from Russia are drawing attention among netizens. These are the photos of the first Miss Soviet pageant held in the Soviet Union in 1988.

In this pageant held by the Soviet generation, that erected the world’s first socialist nation in 1922 and dissolved/collapsed in 1991, the photos are not very different from today, if you overlook that they are only in black and white. Of course there are dresses with plunging necklines and they held a swimsuit judging that seems appropriate.

Miss Soviet pageant

[Caption: Photos of the process Russia’s first beauty pageant, the ‘Miss Soviet’ pageant.]

In particular world netizens said in awe, “Whether Soviet or Russian this countries womens are beautiful.” As they said, these women’s appearances are too incredible. Even more, this being a time when cosmetic surgery was not widespread, they are even more astonishing.

The various responses of every country’s netizens are, “The times have changed but there are certainly beautiful women in Russia.” “In any generation, the beauty of Russian women is guaranteed.” “They are more beautiful than the artificial people of silicone and plastic nowadays, it is so cool.”

Kang Ye-bin pinup

Girly pics. Gotta mobilize the base in an election year.

Original from Ingan Sports.

Kang Ye-bin, dressed in a clingy dress self-photo, “Smile!”

Broadcaster Kang Ye-bin BJ (Broadcasting Jackie) released her debut wardrobe.

Kang Ye-bin uploaded the photo to her Me-Today on the 30th with the message, “It is 40 minutes until the Africa broadcast. I’ll do it in this room. I’ll offer advice. Come in~.”

In the photo Kang Ye-bin is wearing a sheer mini-dress with a deep-cut neckline and is taking a pose on a bed. Her appropriately tanned skin and voluminous figure is dazzling.

Netizen responded, “I want to go to that room, too.” “Just seeing that photo . . . I can’t wait.”

Kang Ye-bin debuted as BJ on the internet broadcast “Africa TV” on the 30th at 8 PM.

More of that Psy nonsense

As obnoxious as I find the foreign obsession with the video, you have to appeal to the vulgar masses . . .

Original from Asia Kyongjae.

What is up with the measures to prohibit “Kangnam Style”

A photo of a signs prohibiting the “horse dance” featured in Psy’s “Kangnam Style” music video are becoming popular among foreign netizens.

The photo contains a man posing in front a wall with signs attached with various prohibitions. Looking at the expressions written on the sign it was assumedly photographed in an English-speaking country.

Among them the one that definitely attracts attention is a sign “Kangnam Style Prohibited” with a silhouetted figure dancing Psy’s horse dance. With a nod to the horse dance’s vigorous activity, the message among the signs says, “For Safety”.

The photo is published on foreign humor sites and photo sharing communities and is attracting a lot of interest from netizens. Every blog that attached it to postings has been swamped with thousands of netizens and the photo is spreading.

The the location in the photograph is an actual place and who it was that originally published it has not yet been revealed. One netizen said that the T-shirt worn by the man in the photograph is an indy brand product, and raised doubts, saying, “Isn’t it an edited piece [Photoshopped] for PR?”

Internet people dissatisfied with beauty pageant judging

The criticism seems pretty harsh. Beauty pageants have their own culture and deviate pretty significantly from generally held standards of beauty. And I wouldn’t call the women pictures ugly, by any means.

I think the article does reflect the internet’s hyper-magnification of unrealistic standards of beauty.

Original from the Herald Kyongjae.

‘Global Miss Bikini’ pageant, selected ‘the worst, ugly women’

[Herald Kyongjae | Reporter Chong Taeran] Amid criticism concerning the transparency of selection criteria for Chinese beauty pageants, criticism is growing over the seleciton of “ugly women” at another beauty pageant.

On the 15th, local media including the Chinese daily ‘Guangzhou Ribao’ and ‘Zhongbei Fangwang’ reported that the “ugly girl generation” appeared at the Global Miss Bikini Regional Preliminaries held in Shandong Province. Similarly, the “Ugly Trio” selected at the Miss International held in Chongqing City on July 6th are results in opposition to the local popular opinion that they are the ugliest “beautiful women” in history. As ugly women are continuously selected at beauty pageants, the possibility of intervening in the selection process, which can’t be seen, has been raised.

“Trendiness, health, friendship, and love” is the philosophy at the heart of the Global Miss Bikini Pageant, which is known as one of the most fashionable beauty pageants in the world. But it is fairly difficult for the local press to find suitable criteria when they try to compare the three women selected by this pageant’s Chinese regional preliminaries with past pageants. Even worse, some members of the press reported, “We’ve received a KO loss from the Chongqing Ugly Trio and the Shandong Bikini girls.”

Chinese netizens could not conceal their disappointment over with Miss Bikini girls. Some netizens express dissatisfaction with the selection criteria, “(Looking at the photos) apparently there is something wrong with my vision.” “Appearance is appearance, but I’m suspicious of their gender.” One cable broadcast pointed out that there was a problem with the clothing, saying that the bikinis worn by participants made the participants “look as if they are transgender.”


China’s hottest lesbian

I first heard about Lan Yen when she was in the news for disappearing suddenly, shortly before the release of the 3D porn movie. At the time she was known to have had a long struggle with depression and many people were afraid she was suicidal. I translated the article on my other, defunct blog.

I hope she finds things easier coming out of the closet.

As a note, “Okpodan 3D” is a romanization of the Korean pronunciation of the original Chinese title. It is marketed in the West as “Sex and Zen 3D: Extreme Ecstasy” and is loosely based on the 90’s “Sex and Zen” franchise, starring the legendary Amy Yip.

Original from Sports Seoul.

‘Okpodan 3D’ Chinese actress Lan Yen, Coming Out “Gay Leslie Cheung is my idol”

[Seoul Sports dot com | Reporter Pak So-yong] Chinese actress Lan Yen, who was the female lead in “Okpodan 3D”, has come out.

Lan Yen’s homosexual confession was reported simultaneously on the 12th by media in Greater China, including the Chinese News Network. According to the media, at a press conference for her recent movie “Spring Hormone” Lan Yen received questions related to actors, and answered, “The truth I have no need to choose a man.”

At that time, Lan Yen referenced homosexual stars and expressed her respect for them. She recalled the late Leslie Cheung in particular, and drew attention saying, “Leslie Cheung is my eternal idol.” She also surprised the crowd of reporters, saying, “I support the public coming out of Hwang Yao-ming.”

In addition, she said that her family knew the news of her homosexuality and requested the understanding of her fans. Warm responses are pouring out from domestic and foreign netizens who have heard the news, saying, “There’s nothing to say,” “Unlucky life,” “Be strong no matter what!” “She’s still cool.”

Lan Yen stepped into celebrity after being awarded in the 2003 Miss China Pageant. [I was unable to verify this]. She became a famous person in her country as the female lead of the world’s first 3D erotic movie, “Okpodan 3D”, that opened last year.

Sports Seoul Dot Com Celebrity Team

Related links:
Her Sina blog
Her Weibo, which is Chinese Twitter.