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Posted by haydn-an AKP STAFF Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Netizens react to a man being fined for writing a malicious comment about a female idol saying "She looks like a bar hostess"

AKP STAFF

The judge of the Changwon District Court on July 13th fined a 48-year-old man 500,000 KRW (415 USD) for posting malicious comments on photos of the female idol Sunmi.

The Changwon District Court judged that the 48-year-old man had infringed on the rights of the female idol by posting vulgar comments, which can cause women shame and humiliation, on the web where numerous people can see. However, the court set the fine at 500,000 KRW (Approximately 415 USD), considering that the man only wrote these comments once and that he had no criminal record. Last December, the 48-year-old man commented "She looks like a bar hostess" on a photo of Sunmi. Since then, Sunmi's agency claimed a lawsuit against the man, and the man was indicted without detention.

Meanwhile, netizens are divided when it comes to the matter of this incident. Some say that the man shouldn't have commented in such a way and glad he received a fine, while other netizens say that the man has the right to freedom of speech.

Netizens commented:

"He's 48 years old. He's basically saying to a girl who can be his daughter's age that she looks like a bar hostess."

"I don't know why he would leave comments like that at his age."

"He didn't say something that offensive. It was only his opinion, he hasn't said anything like false rumors."
"It's only his opinion that he wrote. Don't get why he has to be sued."
"How pathetic that a 48-year-old man would do that."
"So the court is saying that being a bar hostess is an insulting job."

"I can't believe this is a crime though. Freedom of speech? Only in Korea can you be fined for saying that about a celebrity."

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hreyA_onEViP2,064 pts Tuesday, July 14, 2020 1
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Why do I feel there are more offensive comments that the company should have taken care of instead of this mans comment?

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SwiftFoot730 pts Tuesday, July 14, 2020 2
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"So the court is saying that being a bar hostess is an insulting job."


It's about what society thinks. Most people think of certain type of woman when you hear "Bar hostess" and the implications of that is what's important. There's nothing wrong with being a bar hostess, but people in society associate it with loose women and someone who is easy. Stop pretending that words don't matter and affect people's lives. If you worked at "normal" company and told them that you worked as a hostess on the evenings or weekends; that makes people think that you're a woman with "loose" morals.


Context is important; he meant it in a derogatory manner. You think he said in a way to say, "Oh wow, you're dress and look is so amazing. I bet you work at a classy bar as a bar hostess which is super respectable and awesome"? He meant it to be insulting and sexualizing in nature.

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