10:52 pm - 12/13/2012

Yoon Il Sang: “It’s Sad That Korean Media Tries to Find Humor by Putting Down Their Wives”



Composer and co-founder of Nega Networks (housing Brown Eyed Girls & Lunafly), Yoon Il Sang showed that he is a devoted husband.

On December 12, his conversation with comedian Lee Byung Jin on twitter was picked up by the Korean press where he revealed to be a devoted husband.

Lee Byung Jin and Yoon Il Sang were in the middle of talking about their mutual hobby photography) when the former said, “I’m sorry that I’ve been taking pictures of only my wife. Sorry,” and Yoon Il sang responded, “Our wives are our best models.”

Comedian Lee Byung Jin further shared, “There needs to be more husbands like us. Husbands who love their wives. This is supposed to be normal. Those people recognize others who think the same way. Like us.” Yoon Il Sang shared, “That’s right. The media in our country tries to find humor by implying that they don’t like their wives- that they put down their wives. That’s sad.”

Meanwhile, Yoon Il Sang married his wife on May 26, 2010 and has revealed on a variety program before that his wife “made him give up his single life.”

source: soompi

THIS so much. Add "making fun of fat people" to the list of things Koreans (and people in general) need to stop making comedy out of.

Edit: Typo in the title, sorry mods!
obeytheempress 14th-Dec-2012 03:59 am (UTC)
i'm not familiar with korean humor/comedians outside of the occasional variety show, is poking fun at the wife a common theme for comedians?

if so kudos for him for pointing it out.
purekpopology 14th-Dec-2012 04:10 am (UTC)
I watch 1N2Ds and Running Man on a regular basis, and it's pretty common.

You can tell they're joking, but it'll be things like "oh I love coming to shootings, I get away from my wife!" thing.

Guys at my work make jokes like that too, and it bugs me! It's rude to all women :(.
kanbinayume 14th-Dec-2012 04:02 am (UTC)
This is sweet. I know that I wouldn't want to be the butt of a joke whenever my husband went on air
uledy 14th-Dec-2012 04:03 am (UTC)
oh! and add making fun of how "unattractive/masculine/overweight/ugly/sexually undesirable" gagwomen are to the list.

is that yoon il sang's wife? she's gorgeous!
purekpopology 14th-Dec-2012 04:11 am (UTC)
THIS. I know women like Shin Bong Sun and others take it as part of their job, but it HAS to effect their self esteem on a real level too.
uledy 14th-Dec-2012 04:28 am (UTC)
Yep, I was thinking about her and Lee Young Ja. Oh, and who's the other one that I only recall ever seeing wearing bowties and apple hairstyle...?
purekpopology 14th-Dec-2012 04:36 am (UTC)
Ah I had to Google it cause it was gonna drive me crazy until I thought of her name, it's Kim Shin Young. Jung Juri is another one, but honestly she's actually fairly good looking by the usual standards.

Edited at 2012-12-14 04:38 am (UTC)
uledy 14th-Dec-2012 04:40 am (UTC)
Yes! Thank you! Yes, and Jung Juri....she annoys the mess out of me so I completely forgot about her...
purekpopology 14th-Dec-2012 04:49 am (UTC)
Haha really?! I like Jung Juri a lot though I haven't seen much of her in a long time. Does her idol obsession gag get on your nerves?
uledy 14th-Dec-2012 04:53 am (UTC)
Yes, that's exactly what it is. Like, sometimes it gets awkward lol. And her facial expressions kill me. That and I don't really...like...comedy in general XD

But is she taking a break? Where did she go?
purekpopology 14th-Dec-2012 05:08 am (UTC)
LOL you're the first person who's ever told me they don't like comedy in general. I can understand though, I'm only a fan of certain kinds of comedy.

Apparently she had a really short part in Reply 1997 the drama? So she must still be around just... not where I'm usually looking?
uledy 14th-Dec-2012 05:15 am (UTC)
Did she? I don't even remember...lol.
cettefemme90 14th-Dec-2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
uglypricetag 14th-Dec-2012 04:23 am (UTC)
that applies to unattractive gagmen as well. they're always told to ogle at young female guests in variety shows. as if not being conventionally goodlooking automatically means that you must be desperate... smh
chibiyunie 14th-Dec-2012 06:38 am (UTC)
This so much, especially when an idol is presents as well - they describe the idol as an angel from heaven and the other as (insert rude comment here)
uglypricetag 14th-Dec-2012 04:22 am (UTC)
op it's 'yoon il sang', not 'yoon ll sang' lmao
purekpopology 14th-Dec-2012 04:27 am (UTC)
I copy-pasted from soompi, but I think it's just the font. Capital i's look just like lowercase l's?
nashaa 14th-Dec-2012 04:37 am (UTC)
It's a capital i with a lower case l
uglypricetag 14th-Dec-2012 05:37 am (UTC)
before the op corrected it it was LL and not IL in the title
purekpopology 14th-Dec-2012 04:43 am (UTC)
OH I see what you mean now in the title! wth?? I couldn't tell on soompi cause of the font, and I didn't catch it after I copy-pasted haha. Damn it!
realme21 14th-Dec-2012 04:34 am (UTC)
Is SK majorly Paternalistic in terms of their society? Seems like it
love_allure 14th-Dec-2012 04:55 am (UTC)
hell yes, please stop. i also roll my eyes every time some dude on some variety show calls their wife, "집사람" which literally translates into house person. that ain't cute.
uglypricetag 14th-Dec-2012 05:43 am (UTC)
it just shows you how deeply entrenched patriarchy is in the culture that it even shows up in the language. chinese is esp guilty of this too
kasenshiki 14th-Dec-2012 05:49 am (UTC)
집사람 doesn't have any negative connotations though. different languages/cultures may use different forms of endearment that are different from the ones that we're used to, but it doesn't mean they're all bad :) (e.g., in chinese, husbands/wives call each other "老婆"/"老公", which literally translates to "old grandma"/"old grandpa", but is similar in meaning to the typical "honey" that Western couples call each other by)
love_allure 14th-Dec-2012 06:22 am (UTC)
you say it doesn't have negative connotations but it sure doesn't have a positive one either.
uglypricetag 14th-Dec-2012 06:29 am (UTC)
yes i'm aware, i speak chinese too. i was referring to how, in written chinese, characters with 女 as their radicals (e.g. 妒, 奸, etc.) often have negative connotations. sexism in chinese is quite pervasive sadly.

in korean, while 집사람 is not derogatory per se, the fact that a wife is being described as "a person in the house" is very much sexist.
soft_daisy 14th-Dec-2012 06:06 am (UTC)
chinese is esp guilty of this too

i wouldn't be surprised about this in any language because a lot of written languages may initially have been used mainly by men, but if you're referring to "house person" in Chinese (I may be mistaken about what you're referring to), that really means "family" and has no relationship to gender
uglypricetag 14th-Dec-2012 06:33 am (UTC)
see my comment above :) and you're right. historically, men were the ones in power so it's no surprise if the orthography reflects their attitudes.
muzegrey 14th-Dec-2012 04:57 am (UTC)
Making fun of any woman who doesn't live up to the sexist standards in place for women in Korea.... tbh.

Edited at 2012-12-14 04:57 am (UTC)
donutism 14th-Dec-2012 05:41 am (UTC)
Making fun of women shouldn't be considered "humor" at all.
imienazwisko 14th-Dec-2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
THIS
soft_daisy 14th-Dec-2012 06:07 am (UTC)
this. when i first started watching korean shows, i always wondered if they really didn't like their wives or what >,< ...
mingobus 14th-Dec-2012 08:42 am (UTC)
Meh I don't like it, but it's not just a Korean issue. Every American show I've seen that involves someone married always try to find ways to escape their wives too.
zsutzy 14th-Dec-2012 09:30 am (UTC)
and make fun of age, I mean if you're over 30 you're a dead person. In my country it is impolite to ask about the age of a woman.
jasmineakaiumi 14th-Dec-2012 09:47 am (UTC)
One of the first questions usually asked in Korea is someone's age as they need to know what form of honorifics they should use when speaking to the person. It might feel weird at first but it's very common.
zsutzy 14th-Dec-2012 10:23 am (UTC)
oh thanks for the explanation :d but apart from this generally they are very cruel with ladies :(
jasmineakaiumi 17th-Dec-2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
No problem :b
ceecile 14th-Dec-2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
For the age it's different though. Because depending on wether the other is older (even by a year), younger or the same age (born the same year) you will address them differently. It's like the first thing you ask someone.

*Woops I see someone already clarified this.
But yeah they do judge women heavily on their age.

Edited at 2012-12-14 02:35 pm (UTC)
aaalove 14th-Dec-2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
Wow! What gentlemen to say this~!it restores some sense of my faith in korean guys because a lot of them treat girls really crappy, but this is nice to see that they recognize it is a problem and an annoying one.
peanim 15th-Dec-2012 06:19 am (UTC)
I usually wouldn't think I need to applaud a guy for saying something like that BUT the fact that he said "This is supposed to be normal." makes it SO RIGHT. He totally gets it. He's not saying he's the better husband because he doesn't put his wife down for humor's sake. He's saying he doesn't do it because it simply shouldn't be the case.

This is coming from someone who does not want to get married lol. Yoon Il Sang's statement's like a breath of fresh air. The way comedians put down their wives annoyed me in a show or two. It's not just Korean television, I see it all the time in Philippine television too.
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