Korean news channel worries webtoons are causing gayness and AIDS in teenagers
This is part of a series of articles exploring LGBT issues in Korea in the run up to Pride 2016.
Conservative news channel TV Chosun recently broadcast a report on how homosexuality is increasing among teenagers in Korea. As you might expect from a right-wing Korean news outlet, it was full of stereotypes as well as some particularly distasteful AIDS scaremongering. I came across the segment a few days ago and tried to translate it but couldn’t do the ridiculously overblown style full justice. Luckily for us all, the Kimchi Queen has written a full translation. You can read the full thing over at his blog.
Before the actual package even begins the anchors are warning us of the dangers of homosexuality and making spurious links with rises in AIDS infections in Korea.
In today’s news, we are looking at how homosexuality is increasing among teenagers as well, the shocking issue that has until now been solely regarded as a problem in other countries. Across the world, the number of people infected with aids has been decreasing, but only in our country is this number increasing. Specifically, the number of patients has surpassed 10,000 and the rate for teens and individuals in their 20s are reasons behind the increasing rate. While the pathology of AIDS infection is controversial, if we look at Korea in 2016, we see that clubs are continuing to be operated for gay males across cities and on the internet it is easy to come into contact with comics that deal with homosexuality.
Yes, that’s right, parents. While you were worrying your son spending all that time on the internet reading webtoons was bad for his eyesight and his social skills, you were missing out on the real danger to your son’s health. He could catch a case of the gay! Luckily for you, our lovely, courageous reporter Park Sang-hyun has been hanging out with the “male gays” so you can recognise the signs and protect your child from this awful disease.
The report opens with some hidden camera images of a gay nightclub in Itaewon where there are some male backing dancers doing “a feminine dance” behind a local drag act, or as our strong and trustworthy reporter puts it, a “man wearing make-up and with long hair [who] went as far as dressing up like a woman”.
After this, we’re shown truly awful and shocking acts like men holding hands and linking arms with each other. At one point one man even touches another man’s hair, for goodness’ sake. I mean, how these kinds of shockingly lewd, morally bankrupt behaviours could even make it to broadcast is beyond my comprehension.
We then hear the plight of a poor taxi driver who sometimes drives around gay men. They try to be discreet with their affection for each other, give him tips and sometimes look kind of pretty which makes him a bit confused. It’s all very difficult for him.
If this isn’t enough of an assault on your moral fibres, our ever brave and noble Reporter Park then uncovers the truly shocking ways young people are being exposed to the Dangers of Homosexuality. At high schools in Korea, possibly right at this very moment, there are teenagers who are…
(Make sure you have your pearls ready because you’ll definitely need to clutch them.)
…hugging other teenagers of the same gender. In some cases, they even hug each other from behind. In one school there were as many as 4 or 5!
And if that shocking depravity hasn’t caused you to pass out from the horror of it all, even some of the teenage who aren’t engaging in these truly horrendous acts of affection have a frighteningly liberal and laissez-faire attitude towards the concept of same-sex attraction.
When asked about those aforementioned AIDS-causing webtoons, one boy says: “There are more than you would think, but it’s not really gross or anything. If you don’t want to read them, then don’t read them.” If that isn’t liberal brain-washing, I don’t know what is.
Bringing his segment to an end, our balanced and well-informed reporter Park Sang-hyun urges us not to question whether this report could be in any way, say, homophobic or be possibly weighted on one side of the argument over rights for those dastardly gays but to focus on the poor children and how homosexuality is “seeping into the minds of young people.”
While some may question the timing of this report, I, personally, am sure it has absolutely nothing at all to do with May being the month when the organisers of Seoul Pride fundraise and seek permission to hold their festival. A festival they had to fight for tooth and nail to get to even go ahead last year.
No. This is about the children.