• Judith Mopalia

    Excellent analysis and commentary, Dana. Well done.

  • myloveisDRC

    “That being said, however, precedent leads me to believe that people are upset about Andy’s mistreatment not because they’re angry that he was sexually assaulted on television for comedic effect, but rather because they’re angry to see a man becoming so grossly emasculated on television for comedic effect.”

    Forget being emasculated, what about dehumanized? I think that’s the real issue here. In this day of political correctness everyone is so quick to jump on their soapbox to spread their views of sexism and right and wrong that we more often than not miss the big picture.

    It’s already risky, in my opinion, for a show to announce they will be airing a “kidnapping” episode; throw in the right atmosphere, some restraints, a sense of real desperation on the part of the captured and his rescuers, and you’ve almost certainly got a controversy on your hands.

    Can it be done tastefully? Yes, though I hesitate in saying this because kidnapping is a sensitive subject. Still, this particular attempt was as tasteless as they come; there was nothing funny about what Andy was subjected to, especially the rope around the neck which was both dehumanizing and dangerous. I cannot wait until this Homemade Taste concept is history.

    • lernotte

      Well, you can’t blame them, different -izms in their modern tumblr interpretation are bread and butter of seoulbeats. It’s hard sometimes, though. One day someone will snap and go on a quoting sociology/mass-media works rampage….
      It seems the PDs don’t know what to do with the concept anymore. They didn’t have to change it in the first place. If they wanted to increase ratings, then they should have stopped at the Learning concept. It was clear, funny and family-friendly.

      • myloveisDRC

        Oh dear. There’s been a misunderstanding. I’m not blaming Seoulbeats at all, just disagreeing with the writer’s (and the majority’s) view that this boils down to something involving gender inequality.

        And I agree that the PD is scraping rock bottom right now, something I would have never imagined I’d witness with this show. The first season was phenomenal, and it was the only season that truly embodied the title Shinhwa Broadcast for me. The seasons that followed always lacked something and, even though I was glad to see the guys onscreen weekly, the spark just wasn’t there. To add insult to injury, the PD was quoted saying fans were not viewers. But I won’t get into that now, that’s an entirely different thorn in ShinChangs’ sides.

        • lernotte

          Oh,no need to worry, I got your point, it’s an awkward wording on my part.
          I LOVED the 1st season, but ratings wise the 2d was (slightly) better (face reading got the highest number). Moreover, the brilliant concept of the 1st season was limited in terms of quantity. They would eventually run out of “channels”. The number of things you can learn, though, is infinite. Why the sudden change then? Well, I guess food and cooking is popular in Korea but I’ve also heard there is no shortage of cooking shows there.
          Is the current PD the original PD? Correct me if I’m wrong but haven’t Shinhwa known the PD since their SM days? Well, all in all, I sincerely hope that the break allows the PD to come to their senses.

  • lernotte

    It’s kind of funny that out of all the things related to the situation you chose viewers’ comment only to attack them for being not progressive enough and in the end to dismiss legitimate concern over real issue(aka mistreatment) .
    I mean…really? There is so much to talk about k-variety and its bizarre and dangerous punishment of people. I’m really disappointed tbh but ok, your article – your call.
    I wonder what you have to say about Onew then, who was literally dry humped by a man. On a kids show no less… You can’t use “but it’s unrealistic so don’t whine” logic here….

  • keurimu

    “That being said, however, precedent leads me to believe that people are upset about Andy’s mistreatment not because they’re angry that he was sexually assaulted on television for comedic effect, but rather because they’re angry to see a man becoming so grossly emasculated on television for comedic effect. In other words, people don’t care that male sexual assault (which happens all too frequently) isn’t getting the same degree of attention as is female sexual assault — they just care that a man is being subject to the same degree of humiliation that is normally reserved for women. And that isn’t okay.”

    no logic

  • takasar1

    stop…just stop. this annoying piece of shit is even worse than what i usually expect from you

  • Lili Little

    “…they just care that a man is being subject to the same degree of humiliation that is normally reserved for women. And that isn’t okay.”

    We must have interpreted their comments differently. It seemed to me that people were saying that it’d be stupid if there weren’t criticisms about Andy’s treatment because there would be lots of criticism if a girl took Andy’s place. Basically they’re saying it’d be unfair to ignore this when people would be upset if Andy had been a girl. This seems to differ from your claim that they’re only upset because you can only treat a woman like that.

  • Anon

    How can you say that men aren’t negatively affected by gender stereotypes? Doesn’t the macho image affect a lot of men negatively? Men are shamed when they are victims of sexual assault for “not being manly” people still don’t realize that woman CAN AND DO sexually assault men. This article sort of proves that. Sexual assault isn’t restricted to one gender and I really disagree with this article’s implication that it does.

  • PandaPanda

    The first thing I thought when I finished reading this was WTF. Just why? They’re band members, for God’s sake.