3:09 pm - 01/08/2010

G-Dragon "Summoned by the Prosecution", No Freedom of Expression for Musicians?



There are many controversies over G-Dragon's performance that was marked as an offense for an immoral performance and also said that it infringed the youth protection laws. We have to recognize that the core of this controversy is the freedom of a creator and that we cannot overlook the freedom of the audience who has the right to enjoy a creator's expressions and results.

This controversy this time is very ambiguous. What is the standard for obscenity? Is it when someone feels sexually harassed or is it when someone thinks that it is simply too erotic? But it’s not like the police could just pick a random person that was at G-Dragon’s concert and ask "Was that too obscene for you?"

There is no set standard for something that is erotic or for something that is obscene and this controversy is equivocal. Also, performers were not naked that made the audience feel like they were watching an 18A performance. Then was the performance obscene because it was about sex? Our society that corners sex as obscene is more abnormal.

Saying that there is a problem with a performance that makes one think about sex is a problem itself since that could mean sex=immoral. Well it’s a whole different problem if G-Dragon's performance was too explicit; however, his performance was short and people had various opinions about it.

The start of this controversy and tragedy was the opinion differences between the audience and the public that was saying G-Dragon's performance was immoral. This eventually led more than 1000 of the audiences that were at G-dragon's concert to turn in a petition to the prosecution.

These people turned in a petition saying "For the obscene performance crime the audience has to agree with the fact that the performance was obscene and over the line; however, G-Dragon's concert was not obscene at all and it did not sexually harass us in any way." Also, these people said the performance as a whole cannot be judged by the short moment.

The more important thing is the freedom of creation. A society that threatens the freedom of creation for musicians makes a society where there is no cultural variety. If G-Dragon's two-hour-long concert is valid as obscenity because of the momentary performance during it, then this is invading the freedom and the rights of a creator.

Translator's note: Popular Culture Critic Tak Hyunmin states a short comment about G-Dragon's performance controversy. If the government and the country lets culture off the leash then then the culture does well on its own or either dies off on its own. G-Dragon's performance controversy is a very symbolic happening; I cannot tolerate the prosecution investing a performance. They do not have even the basic manners for the arts. A performance is the arts of the spot and you cannot judge it by a recording of it. by Beau @ bbvip (thanks gooddaymoderato )

Original Article by Kim Jihyun @ TV Daily
Translated by Beau @ bbvipz
Edited by big bang=love @ bbvip

PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE THE CREDIT LINES

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srsbsns 8th-Jan-2010 08:01 am (UTC)
Everything is too ambiguous.
desperategraves 8th-Jan-2010 08:01 am (UTC)
damn.
_ochre 8th-Jan-2010 08:06 am (UTC)
gotdamnit.

Anyway this article is surprising me. An opinion piece that doesn't suck or require the opinion of netizens? :O

Edited at 2010-01-08 08:07 am (UTC)
xcherryblossomx 8th-Jan-2010 08:09 am (UTC)
IKR? I'm getting used to read korean articles quoting/based on netizen's opinions
love_flag 8th-Jan-2010 08:09 am (UTC)
i like what the author has to say even though im too intellectually dumb to understand most of it but hey.. i get the gist
nemo_88 8th-Jan-2010 08:13 am (UTC)
Then was the performance obscene because it was about sex? Our society that corners sex as obscene is more abnormal.

I like this Kim Jihyun guy. :)
eina9 8th-Jan-2010 08:14 am (UTC)
Well written, Kim Jihyun.

Then was the performance obscene because it was about sex? Our society that corners sex as obscene is more abnormal.

The more important thing is the freedom of creation. A society that threatens the freedom of creation for musicians makes a society where there is no cultural variety.

I hope Kim Jihyun's line of reasoning is a glimmer of something larger to come, perhaps a more socially liberal Korean culture. It has to start somewhere, right? (and I could see how the DBSK/Hangeng and Jay issues would support this)

hallerness 8th-Jan-2010 08:14 am (UTC)
What is the standard for obscenity?
A+ for this question alone.
tees2mai 8th-Jan-2010 08:14 am (UTC)
I like the article, it was neutral which is rare in kpop

radical_ed57 8th-Jan-2010 08:58 am (UTC)
Seriously. Allkpop should ask this guy for lessons.
niara_honey 8th-Jan-2010 08:18 am (UTC)
whoa i had to double read this.
been a while since an article like this been posted.

nimco 8th-Jan-2010 08:21 am (UTC)
I like this
jishcreator 8th-Jan-2010 08:21 am (UTC)
Like I said on the other post:
FUCKING FINALLY. ♥
I'm meeting this person, and fucking marrying them.
~
histericamal 8th-Jan-2010 08:22 am (UTC)
I Like this article too! Finally I read something with sense!
I mean..It was just a show!He has right to do whatever he wanted to do in his concert!!
btw..It's his first solo concert and they're making impossible to GD enjoy It at all! FATS Korea gay

honeebs 8th-Jan-2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
they are making it impossible for GD to be GD.
why the headhunting? IDNK
abortions 8th-Jan-2010 08:27 am (UTC)
korea needs to change.

like seriously, get with the times folks, its only hurting the country if they continue being so backwards.
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audiobebop 8th-Jan-2010 08:28 am (UTC)
A society that threatens the freedom of creation for musicians makes a society where there is no cultural variety. If G-Dragon's two-hour-long concert is valid as obscenity because of the momentary performance during it, then this is invading the freedom and the rights of a creator.

Making waves. I like it. Keep thinking Korea.
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