28 November 2009

S.Korean man fined for racism against Indian

On July 10,Bonogit Hussain, a 29-year-old Indian man, and Hahn Ji-seon, a female Korean friend, were riding a bus near Seoul when a man in the back began hurling racial and sexist slurs at them.The man yelled racist comments and called "Arab! Arab!" at the Indian man while on a bus in July. The 31-year-old South Korean, identified only as "Mr.Park" had supposedly only objected to Bonogit Hussain talking loudly on a bus.

Mr Hussain had been in South Korea since 2007 and had studied for a master's degree from Seoul's SungKongHoe University, later working as a research professor there. However, this was not his first brush with racism. In crowded subways, people tend not sit next to him. In June, he said, he fell asleep on a bus and when it reached the terminal, the driver woke him up by poking him in the thigh with his foot, an extremely offensive gesture in South Korea.

“Things got worse for me this time, because I was with a Korean woman.” “Whenever I’ve walked with Ms. Hahn or other Korean women, most of the time I felt hostilities, especially from middle-aged men.”- Bonogit Hussain
The craze for a homogenous society is profuse in Korea. As a country often invaded by it's larger neighbours in the past, people focus is on “pure-blood” nationalism as well as traditional patriarchal mores, said Seol Dong-hoon, a sociologist at Chonbuk National University. Korean women who were taken as sex slaves to China centuries ago were shunned as tainted when they returned to Korea. The more recent tragedy of women sold to American G.Is during the Korean War of the 1950's were despised more and their children were referred to derogatorily as twigi, a term once reserved for animal hybrids,

Source - BBC

24 November 2009

Adam Lambert's queer,obscene antics draw

Now I know I ain't alone in my views. Lambert, of American Idol fame made his first performance outside of Idol also his most controversial one (yet). First, the show was BDSM-themed with dancers in leather and fishnet. That ain't obscene, for more and more celebs are hinting at it in both their attires as well as during their performances though in a generally milder way.

The singer,who confirmed he was gay in an interview with the Rolling Stones magazine arrived on stage, dragging a female dancer across the stage. "Hip-thrusting" Lambert then proceeded to pull a male dancer's head into his gyrating crotch. He then had a female grab him and he in turn snapped the bikini area of another female's costume. After ending his obscene act with a look of defiance, he later tweeted

"All hail freedom of expression and artistic integrity. :) fans: I adore u. " - Adam Lambert
Lambert fought back saying that if people had been upset by his performance that it is a "form of discrimination and it's too bad". Just because Lambert isn't straight doesn't mean he has a license to vulgarity and all those who dislike him are homophobics. If stimulating sex on stage is his idea of "freedom of expression", then it's time LBGT groups begin condemning him. That would be a good way to promote tolerance. The Parents Television Council (PTC), a media pressure group which campaigns against "indecent" content on US television, posted a statement on its website calling the show "tasteless" and "vulgar". "They just can't believe the nature of the content, the explicit nature, and how much graphic content there was" said the President, Timothy Winter.

Already 1500 complaints have been lodged in the United States against the singer who told US network CNN that the kiss was "in the moment."

Source - BBC