I've been talking about this subject for literally years now.
In the case of my own bogus arrest for committing the crime of being harrassed by a drunk, homeless asshole, or the many cases of assaults on young women and foreigners that have been rising for years, and regarding why I don't even take the subway in Seoul, given a choice, and the ongoing pattern of either directly or virtually attacking any woman who dares violate the social norms -- note that no MAN has every been the subject of one of these video/viral/netizen witchhunts for bad behavior and WHY IS THAT? -- I've been going on and on for years.
And now, the Korean populace is beginning to pick up on the pattern. FINALLY. Especially with the video of a crazed gramma beating the living shit out of a middle school girl who apologized TWICE for brushing her shoe against the woman, then understandably cracked and called her on her bullshit after she kept harassing her about it.
No, it ain't the Chosun Dynasty. And crazy motherfuckers who are old on the subway are not to be venerated. In modern Korea, they're just crazy motherfuckers. When did the defenders of Confucianism forget that old people are supposed to be MODELS of ideal virtue and wisdom and earn the respect of young people? Being old doesn't give you the license to be a dick.
I think I've figured out what's going on. I've been saying it for a while, but I'm gonna recap.
Korea is going through all kinds of social changes, and there's a misplaced sentiment that women are "out of place" and taking over society. Really, there is. It's like the "reverse racism" accusations in the 80's and 90's in America, when everyone was all hot about affirmative action. Now, there's a backlash against young women being "out of place" in society.
It's as plain as fucking day. I barely should have to even point this out. Just look -- an ajussi can burn down Namdaemun and barely get the same social condemnation as a sassy girl who dresses down her college dorm cleaning lady. Or he can rape a small child in a bathroom until her vagina is hamburger helper, but -- "Hey, we have to understand the unique situation of the ajussi. He was drinking. Let's reduce his sentence. He didn't mean it."
Then there's the obvious-as-fuck vilification and scapegoating of foreign English teachers, who are apparently the root of several, if not all, social evils, which I'm not even going to bother to link to -- just Google that shit. (OK, I did it).
And that results in more foreigners being harassed. And it's bad enough that I never take the ghetto-ass-drunk-ajussi-filled #1 line, and I hardly ever take the subway anymore. I have made an entire guide to avoid being assaulted in Korea, which several people have found useful and relevant, apparently.
If Korea keeps it up, soon there'll be a foreigner pushed in front of a subway train by a drunk ajussi. Or maybe there'll be a real case of a foreigner molesting a Korean kid (instead of all the lies published in the newspapers) and there'll be cases of random violence against anyone who looks foreign! I mean, it happened before -- but the Korean media didn't report it. A Korean photojournalist friend covering the reaction to Kim Sun-il's beheading in Iraq both saw and photographed Koreans beating the shit out of random Muslim fools at a mosque.
That's the country we foreigners live in, ya'll. Don't get it twisted. Koreans love to kiss white people's ass and make all nice in public, as well as just before major events such as the G-20 summit, but we're ONE INCIDENT away from a fucking race riot.
Pretty much happened that way in 2002. I was HERE.
Korea ain't going much in the direction of multicultural tolerance. Korea's multi-culti in terms of official policy and the freedom to drink Chilean wines, have a few cultural festivals, and fuck more Russian hookers, but don't get too comfortable here.
The backlash is already here.
Yeah, the post's a little harsh, but I'm keeping it real. That's what I see.
'Cause this is a country in which if you're a foreigner, walking around with a Korean chick on your arm might get your ass stomped. Or, at the very least, constantly harassed.
Hmm. I wonder if some ajussi called my wife a "Yankee whore" and I beat him like a red-headed stepchild, how that would look on YouTube.
I guess it depends on when they start the video from.