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Posted by beansss AKP STAFF Monday, December 17, 2018

Korea Communications Standards Comission (KCSC) issues legal warning against tvN's 'Life Bar' for portraying alcoholic drinking in positive light

The Korea Communications Standards Comission (KCSC) drew a verdict to issue an official, legal "warning" against tvN's 'Life Bar' on December 17.

On this day, the KCSC held a full members' meetings regarding an episode of 'Life Bar' which aired back in mid-September. During this episode, the show's MCs and guests drank various alcoholic beverages such as cocktails, soju, etc, discussing the act of alcoholic drinking for a lengthy period of time.

The KCSC observed, "The show chose to emphasize footage of the MCs and guests drinking, more so than footage of their conversations, and if not careful, such footage can plant positive connotations about alcoholic drinking to viewers and/or influence alcoholic drinking."

The tvN program previously received a similar "warning" back in March of this year, also on the basis that the show could influence viewers to practice alcoholic drinking. Meanwhile, 'Life Bar' airs every Thursday nights at 11 PM KST. 

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ATA Monday, December 17, 2018 2
Monday, December 17, 2018

How is the show influencing people to drink when they already have such an extreme drinking culture? If the government really didn't want people to drink so much, they would put more restrictions on where and when alcohol is sold. They would make it illegal for workplaces to pressure their employees to drink at their get together, they would educate the general public on the dangers of alcohol. But nooooo they choose to blame a show for reflecting the culture they live in

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why_so_serious Tuesday, December 18, 2018 1
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

ikr, they drink alcohol like it is water there

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Huhuhh Tuesday, December 18, 2018 0
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Yeah every of their KDrama also have a must scene for drinking alcohol..is not something new..

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Mkm Monday, December 17, 2018 0
Monday, December 17, 2018

??? and in korea they drink everyday, 24/7, in every occasion as if its water ,its not like drinking is a secret thing there to give the show a warning, so stupid.

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samael Monday, December 17, 2018 0
Monday, December 17, 2018

idols of age get cool-points when they say they can drink alot, but seeing you drink on tv is taboo???


classic korea

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T_Jazz Monday, December 17, 2018 0
Monday, December 17, 2018

Perhaps they've come to realize the hazards of alcohol and promoting it so heavily in their pop culture. It's never too late to learn, right?

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KoRnflakes777 Monday, December 17, 2018 2
Monday, December 17, 2018

Typical Korean hypocrisy. They consumes alcohol like there's no tomorrow. Many young Koreans are excited to become an adult so they can drink legally.

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Datboiyoongz 30 days ago 1
30 days ago

But it isn’t just Koreans it is Americans to my sister has a friend who will fucking drink and smoke in front of anyone and they are 14! I knew 13 and 14 year olds who did drugs and one even passed out one time so don’t just point at Koreans and stop saying it like all of the Koreans do it because they don’t I mean like over where I live we have the worst alcoholics and druggies ever in fact my dad fucking died because of drugs and alchohol and I am adopted because my mom was busy with her alcoholic drinks 24/7 and I haven’t seen her in years and right now it is making me mad how people are saying things like “Koreans” do this stuff and I get hurt because I don’t want them to get pointed at just because of this and don’t take this wrong I am not hating on you and there are Koreans like this but I’m sure it isn’t just koreans

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samael 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

its not just koreans, and noone is claiming that.


but i dont think many american programs get warned for showing drinking in general, that is where the hypocrisy lies. loads of idols talk about being happy to become of age, so they can drink legally, and drinking a lot is looked upon favorable, yet when actual drinking is showed its bad.


it just doesnt make sense, and has nothing to do with drinking in general.

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Xibi_Kyu_Mm Monday, December 17, 2018 0
Monday, December 17, 2018

Finally.

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Nina14red Tuesday, December 18, 2018 0
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

WHEN DONE RESPONSIBLY, drinking is perfectly fine. How hypocritical is is coming from a nation that promotes drinking everywhere.

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clubkylie Monday, December 17, 2018 0
Monday, December 17, 2018

Lol but isn't the show ABOUT drinking?? Like no shit it emphasizes drinking

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enzoa Tuesday, December 18, 2018 0
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

"footage can plant positive connotations about alcoholic drinking"

There's nothing negative with alcoholic drinking when it's an occasional pleasure enjoyed with a mature attitude. Instead of trying to hide it, hypocritically, it would be better to change the wrong mindset. The value of a person is not related to the quantity of alcohol he/she can gulp down before passing out.

Excess and addiction are completely different stories.

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woobinjjang Monday, December 17, 2018 0
Monday, December 17, 2018

this show is called life bar what do u expect lol and it's not like they're getting drunk during broadcast... also Korea has such a heavy drinking culture.. people who want to drink will drink and those who don't want to won't. they make such a big deal out of nothing

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vteebby Tuesday, December 18, 2018 0
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

dude i had an instructor and he iss korean and he talked about sk drinking culture. he said they drink alcohol like soda over there. they have to drink it at work get together after work and then they are needed to go to work bright and early the next day. he said its normal for them to get drunk the day before and stay up all night and then go to work the next day like its nothing. its so rooted in their lifestyle. i doubt this tv show that just started for a few years is the reason to blame for it

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rc101 Monday, December 17, 2018 0
Monday, December 17, 2018

now I'm just confused. Because so many Korean shows promote their heavy drinking culture in a positive way?? it's one of the most jarring cultural differences to outsiders.

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zero_red Monday, December 17, 2018 0
Monday, December 17, 2018

korea already has an extreme drinking culture, i doubt this is going to influence anybody. What's crazy is that their insane drinking problem doesn't come from underage drinking, which is the US' problem, it comes from them drinking alcohol as it's water. Company dinner they drink until somebody's drunk, college festivals, there's drinking, any sort of holiday or achievement, there's drinking involved. Also the drinks involved is almost always soju or beer and soju is something that'll mess somebody up real quick since it's basically vodka.

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314 27 days ago 0
27 days ago

do korean know alcohol from tv? I think they know it like from their own family and friends since young age

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FakeIsMyLove 28 days ago 0
28 days ago

im confused by the certain cultures they have. Like you block out tatoos but not drinking. And drugs are a no no. Which I get cauae I dont like them either including pot. But alcohol causes more deaths and harm than pot. So like I'm just confused why some things are acceptable and why son are not.

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pink_oracle 29 days ago 0
29 days ago

Wtf? It's a nation of boozers! If you go out with your colleagues you will be bullied into drinking. People let friends and family drive drunk. But here you want to promote drinking responsibility? Inconsistent!

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rangela (Banned) 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

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aylmao 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

lmao korea's drinking culture is already fucked up, not showing it on TV isn't gonna do anything.


Korea btw, if you smoke devil's lettuce you should be executed but i drink 3 bottles of soju every single day after work

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junmyeonsnoodle 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

The thing that bothers me most about this article is that they choose to use/translate the term alcoholic drinking (which doesn't really make sense in English) instead of drinking alcohol. Get a proofreader akp.

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_Jarhon Tuesday, December 18, 2018 0
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

wtf "legal warning" . afaik KCSC dont have any legal authority whatsoever. It's just guidelines.

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hyukki Monday, December 17, 2018 0
Monday, December 17, 2018

This KCSC or whatever they call themselves, are idiots! Korean are known for highest consumption of alcohol per capita. People work at KCSC probably go drink every night after work.

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nq16 Monday, December 17, 2018 0
Monday, December 17, 2018

not going to work. the more they try to fight it and make it taboo to drink, the more people will want to start drinking. this is why korea's drinking culture is so bad. all this warning is doing is making it more trendy.

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partyfan2013 Monday, December 17, 2018 0
Monday, December 17, 2018

What the fuck are they talking about? This is just a whole lotta total big time bullshit at its motherfucking finest. 'Nuff said here.

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nctlty Tuesday, December 18, 2018 1
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

So many ignorants talking about this post saying Korea drink 24/7, quoting k-dramas and shit stop being fucking ignorant and talking about country you don't know. you wish you lived in korean but you don't so just shut tour stupid mouth.

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T_Jazz 30 days ago 0
30 days ago

That's how stereotypes operate.

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