I have been waiting to post on the video of expats behaving badly to a Korean woman until more information comes out in regards to the authenticity of the video.
The video has gone viral around the world now and the biggest question remains whether it is real or not. The Korea Herald recently reported that the video was a hoax:
An online video showing a Korean woman apparently being harassed by a group of Western men in a nightclub was staged, two men who say they acted in the video have claimed.
The video, which has caused outrage online in recent days and appeared in Korean and foreign media including the Washington Post webpage, appears to show a number of men sexually and verbally harassing an intoxicated Korean woman. The men are shown cursing at the woman, filming her chest and forcing her own finger up her nose and into her mouth.
Some Internet users criticized the woman as being “obsessed with white guys” or claimed “what you get is what you deserve.” Others said she was embarrassing her country, calling her a “kimchi girl,” a degrading term used for Korean women.
After it attracted thousands of angry comments from local netizens and was picked up by Korean media, Max Fisher of the Washington Post wrote about the video on his official blog on Monday. His post has in turn been written about by numerous Korean media outlets.
Two men, however, separately contacted The Korea Herald claiming that the video was edited and was in fact part of a series of short horror films shot in 2011. One of the men said that the video had been shot to show the “horror” of how society treats people with physical deformities. In the controversial video, the men are also shown ridiculing the young woman over the condition of her teeth. [Korea Herald]
However, Max Fisher over at the Washington Post which was one of the first media figures outside of Korea to report on the video implies that the hoaxers are the hoaxers. So once again we are back to square one on this, but the video looks authentic to me. It could be the individuals in the video are trying to cover their tracks in fear of being identified and retaliated against by netizens. The bigger issue with this I believe is why is the international media reporting about a video of some dopes acting like jerks? Everyday there are people doing things far worse, but with this the international media is wasting their time with these idiots. This is something for YouTube and blogs to post about, not the international media in my opinion.
You can read much more about this over at the Marmot’s Hole.