• hyukki

    Isn’t corruption everywhere? I see and hear corruptions in America everywhere. Lawsuits are filed for most ridiculous thing. Is American society corrupted? No. It is the individual problem isn’t it? Is British society corrupted because some reporters broke into someone’s email/voice mail ? I can go on and on..

    I don’t like the term “culture of corruption” as if you are saying that this whole thing is Korean culture. That is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. It is probably written by some reporter, who thinks he has the “freedom of press” and “freedom of expression.”

    You know you should not believe everything you see and hear unless you can substantiate it. Another thing..
    Don’t write about other country’s “culture” as if you know anything about it. That is an advice you can keep for the rest of your life.

    • eboy07

      Yes but this article was to open the mind of deluded and close minded kpop fans who think korea is a bubble place.

      • Alyssa

        Totally agree with you! There are many close minded and naive Kpop fans who are blinded by their obsession that they fail to realize that Korean Entertainment is not all rainbows and unicorns. There are things that they MUST change if they want to be taken seriously.

    • Merewen

      Wow. Someone pissed in your cornflakes.

      A kpop site talking about a serious kpop issue that Korean journalists and professors have been writing about and discussing. What a concept.

    • MIA2

      Corruption can be found anywhere. What is special about this is that it is “culturally” sanctioned. For bad reasons? No but unfortunately many people take advantage and that is the point of the article.

      “You know you should not believe everything you see and hear unless you can substantiate it.” Big words. Can you prove this author wrong then? Please do so or kindly shut up. You are practically saying that people can’t write about corruption in Kpop because corruption takes place everywhere else too. That is a real shitty defense. So I’ll ignore every bad thing I see cause heck it happens everywhere in the world right? Business as usual…..no, cause unlike you I possess a brain.

      P.S. If you reply please don’t tell me you are some jack-ass “SM family” supporter.

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  • Felicia

    Really interesting article.

  • Merewen

    Good piece! I’ve been wondering for a while now, why this was the status quo and why no one seems to be the least bit interested in changing it.

  • Sh!t_Happens

    When the sh!t hits the fan in Kpop (when all of Kpop finally goes kaput lol)….I wonder what everyone will do. lol

  • Your Newest Fan

    An excellent topic with excellent writing. Please write more articles like this. I don’t think anyone else does.

  • pammiej85

    Thanks Cassandra, this really gives me food for thought. Some of this I’ve already known about but it’s always good to see different perspectives. I hope that more Korean citizens get sick of these scandals so that there can be some progress made.

  • http://mixtapesandlinernotes.blogspot.com mellowyel

    great article!

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic article!

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.lipscomb Scott Lipscomb

    It’s worth pointing out that corruption isn’t just a part of traditional Korean culture; it’s ubiquitous in human cultures. There’s plenty of corruption, even in ‘more developed’ countries like the US.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2QBKJC4UBTZCL5HD3P36JKZSTI Torgrim

      Why is that worth point out? This article is about corruption in Korea, not the US. This article hopes to take a step towards solving the problem, the first being to identify it. Saying that because other countries also have that problem, you are trying to rationalize Korea’s problem (as opposed to solving it), or perhaps defend Korea against some perceived negative criticism. Both of which are distracting and unhelpful, so it is not worth it. This comment is an answer to your question, hopefully for the benefit of others, not a direct reply to you personally.