1:51 am - 01/04/2013

Conspiracy Theory Time!

Could the government be behind the recent K-Pop scandals?

I came across an interesting post tonight that netizens are saying might explain the sudden boom in entertainment scandals as a cover up.

On January 1st, the Korean government passed a new law that grants any member of congress a pension of $1,200 a month from age 65 to death, and this includes any person that was a member of congress even for one day. There are currently 1,141 serving members of which 780 are eligible and the government has set aside \12.876 billion won for this purpose.

Not only is the law itself problematic and full of loopholes that can be abused, but it also comes just after both parties in the election promised that they would be giving up unnecessary political perks. Other areas of needed funding not receiving the bare minimum needed (orphanages were granted $1.50 - a 10 cent raise - a meal per child) are also being ignored in favor of this law.

A petition has been started with over 13,000 signatures and there are several articles detailing the online anger/outrage as well as a movement to bring the issue onto search rankings and Nate rankings but it's still outnumbered by the other scandals going on (the issue managed to jump 513 rankings up to 2nd since the movement started).

Source: NetizenBuzz
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candytouch 4th-Jan-2013 07:19 am (UTC)
lol, I'm kind of dumb sometimes and it's really late, but is this saying that the reason there is so many scandals is to draw attention away from their douchey greedy politics? Or is the lack of sleep getting to me?

And wow, so many scandals that conspiracy theories come out. Not surprised to be honest though. Seriously, the last three days were more interesting than all of 2012
markthatcoin 4th-Jan-2013 08:28 am (UTC)
Seriously, the last three days were more interesting than all of 2012

it really feels that way to me, too....
angel_9_lives 4th-Jan-2013 07:23 am (UTC)
rofl, what?! okay, yes, that issue def. needs to be addressed, but are people SERIOUSLY thinking that THAT is the reason for the sudden boom??

how do they know it's not just because all these celebrities didn't care about being caught cause they thought the world was gonna end back in december? it makes about as much sense...
archenemy02 4th-Jan-2013 08:01 am (UTC)
The motive of the government in manipulating the media is still a stronger one than that of celebs not caring about their image all at one go...Not arguing definitely for one or the other of course, but likelihood of the former being true is still greater than the latter.
amandaplan 4th-Jan-2013 07:26 am (UTC)
i guess we will be in for a fun week even though this issues is starting to gain attention.
reelrecnizereel 4th-Jan-2013 07:33 am (UTC)
Honestly I'm feeling 2013 for kpop, it's going to be a wild ride!
flumes 4th-Jan-2013 08:46 am (UTC)
ikr i'm hecka excited
reminisce__ 4th-Jan-2013 07:35 am (UTC)
Doesn't seem like the first time, Seo Taiji and GD's scandal were both argued to have the same.

"Some netizens are arguing that the timing is a bit fishy; the story of the shocking divorce was released only an hour after news claiming that current Korean president Lee Myung Bak had involvement in stock market manipulation, subsequently drawing the media’s attention away from allegations against the president. This has lead some netizens to think that the government released the news on Seo and Lee in order to protect the president from the Korean public’s interest in the allegations."
shanny_w 4th-Jan-2013 07:36 am (UTC)
I love conspiracies. OP, did you want this post locked for a reason?
bobbing_apples 4th-Jan-2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
Sorry! That was my bad.
sandritablue 4th-Jan-2013 07:39 am (UTC)
I kind of supected something like this was happening because there were too many scandals at once....with the new president we can expect a lot of "scandals" like this, they want to distract the weak and frivolous.
aleexnews 4th-Jan-2013 07:40 am (UTC)
I wouldn't be surprised bc even though some people might think this doesn't make sense its been said by netizens that it happens a lot of times in Korea to cover up shit the gov't has going on at the moment. like when the G-Drug scandal happened and other old scandals.

Idt they're referring to Block B's current problem in here though, its more like the celebs that were caught doing something bad, i.e dating, etc.
markthatcoin 4th-Jan-2013 07:43 am (UTC)
this reminds me of City Hunter tbqh

there's no lj user "City_Hunter"... it might be time for one... someone to partner with ban_shark to fight for the forces of good on the rough and tumble streets of omona
frantastic 4th-Jan-2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
unicornios 4th-Jan-2013 07:44 am (UTC)
Things like this also happen in my country so I wouldn't be surprised tbh.
my_faux_pas 4th-Jan-2013 07:52 am (UTC)
I wonder if all governments do this tbh. But in my country, the president's sister is the "queen of all media" so probably..?
lazmy 4th-Jan-2013 10:26 am (UTC)
i was really sitting here for a good minute like 'obama's sister is perez hilton wat'

lawd it's been a troubling night
muzegrey 4th-Jan-2013 07:57 am (UTC)
Um no, I wouldn't doubt it for a second.
Political Organizations + Media always come hand in hand. They are the same thing now anyway.
tempestdance 4th-Jan-2013 08:41 am (UTC)
Some Korean politician back in the day said you need 3S's to control the mass: sports, screen, sex.

I don't think the political organizations directly had a hand in releasing all this flood of scandals as of late, but it's been a known secret that a lot of portal sites like Daum, Naver, and Nate have been taken over by the government long ago. Hot topic keywords are changed within minutes; random news articles suddenly dominate over the political ones. It's even worse with television; 100% of KBS and 70% of MBC is owned by the government and there have been new tv channels owned by the three big newspaper companies, all very pro-government.

This isn't just government-media issue either; Internet news in Korea is incredibly easy to manipulate and the journalists, especially in the entertainment sections, aren't your average Anderson Cooper, neither well qualified nor determined enough to make the truth known. Some advertisements for nugu groups or a new drama show up as the top most read article in the middle of the day; it's gotten to a point where "media play" is an actual term, because it's an obvious truth that companies pay these portal sites to put their articles on top.

Same goes with these comments from the Netizens, which many of the international fans think is the general public opinion. Do you honestly read Yahoo! news comments on Obama and think that all Americans must think he's a communist? No!
I've seen sites where people post links of news articles and encourage people to make comments of certain political nature (Ilbe was caught doing this numerous times); there are fans and antis everywhere, waiting for some articles about a celebrity to pop up and defend/attack him. NETIZENS ARE NOT THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

Overall, I would just like to say that as incredulous as this possibility of government playing up scandals sounds to many people who's had the privilege of freedom of press, censorship is not that farfetched of an idea to many others.

Edited at 2013-01-04 08:43 am (UTC)
valieleen 4th-Jan-2013 09:15 am (UTC)

Overall, I would just like to say that as incredulous as this possibility of government playing up scandals sounds to many people who's had the privilege of freedom of press, censorship is not that farfetched of an idea to many others.

Well said. I think what a lot of people first think of, when they read articles like this one, is that these articles mean to indicate that these scandals were actually created by the government to draw attention from other issues, which isn't exactly correct. While there probably have been scandals in the past that were purely fictional creations made for the specific purpose of drawing attention away, most of the time these scandals are in fact real to some extent and all the government had to do was to work with the media heads to manipulate front pages, search engine rankings, etc. at a convenient time to push the article into the public eye, and to make an issue appear much more scandalous than it may actually be.

Edited at 2013-01-04 09:17 am (UTC)
bauci 4th-Jan-2013 09:08 am (UTC)
Does anyone remember how did SKorea rank last year for freedom of the press?

I can see it for the other scandals, esp if couples have been dating for a month ("Go, minions! Find me some delicious celebrity couples that I can out!") but Block B's seems to have been in the works for a while.

If not then can we expect January to be like a scandal-advent calender? Every day the media sources open another window to another scandal to munch on.
tokidoki88 4th-Jan-2013 11:19 am (UTC)
The 2011-2012 Rank/Index
1. Finland (-10)
1. Norway (-10)
3. Estonia (-9)
3. Netherlands (-9)
22. Japan (-1)
44. South Korea (12.67)
47. USA (14)

"Unlike indexes from previous years, the 2011–2012 index allowed for negative scores and has a wider overall spread of scores (-10 to 142 compared to 0 to 115.5 in previous years)." wiki
mimic 4th-Jan-2013 09:30 am (UTC)
That's an interesting theory but why would the gov't want to hurt their precious hallyu wave and weaken their long planned cultural exportation, which, in fact, has a huge effect on Korean industries?? Exposing all these random scandals will just only spotlight the fake, deceptive, dark underbelly of the Korean entertainment industry.
bulleusekat 4th-Jan-2013 11:26 am (UTC)
I don't really think it's a stretched reality... They just manipulate when the news of the scandal are released. It's not like they really create the scandal from the scratch. hmmm
orenji13 4th-Jan-2013 11:31 am (UTC)
I hope they successful on gathering enough signature for the petition and start giving more to the orphanage and less to the fat politician..

orenji13 4th-Jan-2013 11:33 am (UTC)
and looking at the new president, I think we are up to good ride in kpop scandals for another 4/5 years.. (if we manage to stay that long)
hitsujiga 4th-Jan-2013 11:37 am (UTC)
with the new block b scandal coming out i remembered there was also a rumour that the thailand incident of the group was used to cover up some huge and shady political thing. and block b being a disgrace to koreans made a lot of waves back then.

as much as i don't like all these conspiracy theories...this one here seems much more likely to me since the government still has a huge influence on media companies. and since korea seems so dependent on their naver search results, it's kinda obvious they only pay attention to the most searched scandals instead of educating themselves about what is going on in their country. this also happens here but the ~idol-industry~ isn't as strong anymore so as to cover up huge political scandals.
asth77 4th-Jan-2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
"with the new block b scandal coming out i remembered there was also a rumour that the thailand incident of the group was used to cover up some huge and shady political thing."
the rumor was about a senior in the industry who srewed up big time and who wanted his dirt to be covered by some rookie group.

But now they toally can be the target of politics.

Edited at 2013-01-04 02:56 pm (UTC)
lee_chikin 4th-Jan-2013 11:58 am (UTC)
That law reminds me painfully of Italy's political problems, sigh.
It wouldn't be surprising if the government really did expose scandals on purpose.
asnindie 4th-Jan-2013 03:37 pm (UTC)
LoL i was reading how the Italian govt let a Dancer with no credentials become a member of cabinet. i was dying tbh.
mjspice 4th-Jan-2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
asnindie 4th-Jan-2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Ofcourse this was happening, it happens all the time, everywhere.
aures 4th-Jan-2013 07:30 pm (UTC)
so basically the government should be happy kpop gets so much interest so their own mistakes are 'covered up'.. wow, that's interesting really.. i never really thought about it that way, but isn't news divided into categories like here? we have like entertainment/government/local etc. it's easy to only read what you want to
8jj6 4th-Jan-2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
This article actually made me understand why Jaejoong's fans were donating money to the campaign to change the laws and give orphans more food money: http://www.allkpop.com/2012/12/jaejoongs-noona-fans-donate-10000-usd-to-children

I was confused because I thought it would be smarter to just give the money to orphanages for food instead of a campaign but the problem is so much bigger than just funding for orphans. It's about corruption within the South Korean government and how they only care to increase their own paychecks but can turn a blind eye to the basic needs of the most vulnerable and needy in society.
kanbinayume 4th-Jan-2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
Wasn't the point of the GDruggin scandal to cover up different political issue too?
lalaland_xx 4th-Jan-2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
Where is Lee Minho when you need him
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