7:06 pm - 12/12/2018

San E goes after the media with new song "Trash Journalist"

Outspoken hip-hop artist San E has taken a swipe at Korean journalists involved in "untrustworthy yellow journalism" in his new single "Trash Journalist."

The rapper released the single Tuesday through YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The song has not broken into a top 100 chart in any of Korea's seven major online music sites, including Melon and Bugs Music, which is rare for the musician. His past singles highlighting major social issues, like "Bad Year," about former President Park Geun-hye on the verge of impeachment, and "Oong Ang Oong," about online misandry communities, all became hits.

Nonetheless, "Trash Journalist" has certainly stirred the public, including Korean journalists, as related news poured out Wednesday morning.

The track is filled with remarks about unconscientious reporters who would rather work for money and authority than cover the truth. It begins by claiming "they write fake news or gossip-based tabloids" and ends by saying "trash journalists incite the gender discrimination movement behind Megalia and Ilbe." Megalia is a major online community focusing on hating men and Ilbe is its counterpart.

San E, who judged fledgling hip-hoppers on TV rap competition show "Show Me the Money" on Mnet, criticized the journalists for "manipulating journalism" and "deleting online comments so they could read only what they want to read." He claimed they "bred the national gender hatred movement with a dishonesty pen that's supposed to be stronger than the sword."

"If you listen to this song and feel guilty, this song is about you," raps the musician, whose agency contract with Brand New Music ended shortly before the release of his latest satire.

The song also lampoons journalists' unscrupulous business ties with companies in exchange for writing favorable stories. He calls them "Human Centipede 4," referring to a Dutch horror film franchise from 2009.

He compares "trash" journalists and true journalists, accusing the former of "feeding on the misfortune of others" and "destroying one's life with a falsified story without a fact-check."

He also questions the reporters' actual duty. "Is it capturing celebrities' Instagram and spreading rumors? You hook people's minds so well you are like urban fishermen."

San E portrays trash journalists gathering stories as "eating bread crumbs off streets" and attacks newspapers carrying the controversial stories as "a fire starter for a bonfire to burn a witch that hunts Hansel and Gretel." "Witch" appears to refer to trash journalists while the Brothers Grimm characters are the victimized news readers.

"Trash Journalist" received mixed reviews from the public. While it was hailed by those who are aware of rampant yellow journalism in Korea, backed by hundreds of media outlets, others laughed at him for "another act of dissing" and "failing to rank the song on top charts after all the effort."

Critics of the musician crashed his concert at SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium in Seoul on Dec. 2, shouting sexual slurs and throwing a stuffed toy pig and makeshift banner at him. Some of the protesters were members of Womad and Megalia.

"I don't give a f***. No to Womad. No to Megalia. You guys are psychotic. I don't want to respect those who don't respect me and behave properly," the singer responded, showing his middle finger to the angry audience. After singing one of his most popular songs, "Story of Someone I Know," he left the stage and did not return.

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source: The Korea Times & Funny Pet Videos
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myrrhcat 13th-Dec-2018 03:15 am (UTC)
just when you think the train can't get any more wrecked...
jyushimatsu 13th-Dec-2018 03:19 am (UTC)
You would think that he would have learned to stfu by now
vintage_boom 13th-Dec-2018 03:20 am (UTC)
Making a human centipede reference in 2018....log off San E
nekobot 13th-Dec-2018 05:10 pm (UTC)
Never. Being permanently behind on everything is his whole brand now.
sciencebottle 13th-Dec-2018 03:52 am (UTC)
I needed that corgi video to cleanse my brain
lightframes 13th-Dec-2018 03:54 am (UTC)
The song has not broken into a top 100 chart in any of Korea's seven major online music sites
suggestivepeach 13th-Dec-2018 06:28 am (UTC)

All I needed to know tbh

dorawa 13th-Dec-2018 03:58 am (UTC)
Trash song, trash artist. At least y'all are logical, the comments on /r/Kpop were legit infuriating
mentality34 13th-Dec-2018 04:00 am (UTC)
Why is this article portraying San E like some rebel fighting against the system lmao. Oong Ang Oong was released like a week ago, how did they conclude it was some chart topping hit. How much did this man pay for this article lol
lizanka23 13th-Dec-2018 05:28 am (UTC)
it's so ridiculous especially since misogyny is the status quo all over the world
premonitioner 13th-Dec-2018 04:28 am (UTC)
hope he feels good about himself! ruined his career because he couldn't keep his shitty ass views to himself
frequency 13th-Dec-2018 04:48 am (UTC)
he really needs to stop
hpn88 13th-Dec-2018 04:51 am (UTC)
he needs an intervention. i mean you're just digging a deeper hole
benihime99 13th-Dec-2018 10:07 am (UTC)
An intervention would require for people to actually care about him
And since he deserves every bit of backlash he's getting...
lizanka23 13th-Dec-2018 05:29 am (UTC)
i hope he continues being messy and makes an even bigger fool of himself so no one will want to work with him . people might agree with his trash opinions but they wont want to be associated with a train wreck
kukamine 13th-Dec-2018 06:35 am (UTC)
lol mte
countthesaints 13th-Dec-2018 06:19 am (UTC)
Go away, Herp E.
kukamine 13th-Dec-2018 06:35 am (UTC)
lydzi 13th-Dec-2018 08:28 pm (UTC)
I love that gif so much XD
goshipgurl 13th-Dec-2018 08:59 am (UTC)
Insecure men are so funny. He just keeps embarrassing himself more and more but it's not his fault blabla.
adenar 13th-Dec-2018 09:08 am (UTC)
Masculinity is so fragile
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