Me Too, Korean-ized

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It’s been just over a year since the “Me Too” movement got it’s start after revelations that Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein, was a sexual predator. Since then, dozens of  big names in Hollywood and Washington and on the international stage, have been implicated for misogynistic and piggish behavior towards women. Until exposed, Hollywood’s actresses loved these guys, in spite of knowing of their misdeeds.

Has it ever occurred to you that about 90% of those accused have been self-styled “Progressivists”? Democrats?You know, the guys that strut and preen and brag about their feminist bona fides? Even Donald Trump’s most outrageous statements and actions were in his days as a Democrat. Thankfully, he’s gradually becoming a conservative.

Since the days of the Kennedys, John, Bobby and Teddy (Democrats), self styled “Progressivists” have overwhelmingly cornered the market for sexual misconduct in Western politics and entertainment. I blogged about it in more detail a few weeks ago.

The female response has been the Me Too movement. Sadly it includes women like Naomi Judd yelling: “I am a naasty woman!” – I agree wholeheartedly – and some other 3d wave feminists making their statement by wearing pussy hats. It does make a statement, but it’s more along the lines of: “Look; I’m an idiot!”

Many of you know that Meritha and I enjoy international television shows and movies. We’ve traveled the world on Netflix, but for the past couple of years have mostly been Netflixing and net-streaming Korean TV series and movies, and even listening to their music. It’s several levels classier and in our opinion better, than Hollywood.

One of our favourite performers is Ji-eun Lee, better known by her stage name, IU. Just 26, she’s an accomplished actress with an inspiring personal story, but is also a musical superstar across Asia. IU2Her latest video is called BBI BBI, (think a referee’s Beep Beep), and soccer’s yellow C A R D. Get 2, and you’re out!

BBI BBI is IU’s version of a polemic against creepy guys, and over-intrusive fans and their endless gossip; a creative and classy, but also very cutting way of setting boundaries. She repeatedly sings: “Hello Stu- P I D”, implying that these stupid abusers are probably so stupid, that they need help spelling stupid. Here is an interesting analysis of the lyrics.

Misogyny and backstabbing is a huge problem in Asia, and IU addresses it head on. And you’ll be impressed by the fact that she does it without swearing. Well, to be truthful, one time “mi’gosh” does slip out. The video with English subtitles is available here)

(Here’s she’s quite different, a bit old fashioned, but the Millennials seem to love it.)

By way of contrast, if you want to see what American pop music is providing to your kids, try these lyrics by Nikki Minaj. Language Warning! I learned about this because one of our granddaughters was pressured, by her teacher, to dance to this salacious garbage for a high school production.

Back to real feminism as I understand it. I was raised in a home where, when mom was busy and Dad had time, he helped with the housework. My grandfather, who was born in 1884, did the same for my grandmother. I never heard either my father or grandfather raise their voice to their wives. And neither of them paraded their “feminism”, because they wouldn’t have known what it meant.

To me, what real feminism is all about is recognizing the important fact, that men and women are different – vive la difference! — but must be treated equally in relationships, and before the law. And in any male-female relationship, mutual respect must be the order of the day. I think that sort of feminism will work!

American feminists with their ridiculous antics, and entertainers with their foul lyrics need to be shunned, and alternatives found. Meritha and I have found that it’s a very rewarding task.

I’m Dave Reesor

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