Man of Korea (MOK), the one and only Korean male rights activist group, is in the spotlight for filing an injunction last Monday against K-Pop star Baek Ji–young‘s latest song ‘Good Boy’. MOK claims that the lyrics of the song are offensive because they describe men as dogs [because rappers calling women ‘bitches’ or ‘whores’ is apparently fine]. A lot of netizens seem to sympathise with the group for taking the allegedly extreme measure of standing up against the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, [the MOGEF], the government department infamous for meddling over such allegedly trivial issues as its recent statement on indie band 10cm‘s song ‘Americano‘ which was said to be ‘hazardous to children’.
The below video is of the offending song. Now be a good boy and listen to it, you dog! Woof.
From Today Humor:
Man of Korea [MOK] applies for injunction to ban the distribution of Baek Ji-young’s song, ‘Good Boy’
Man of Korea filed for an injunction to stop the distribution of Baek Ji-young’s latest song, Good Boy, on the 21st of May, 2012.
‘Good Boy’ depicts a relationship between a ‘cougar’ and a ‘toyboy’ that is depicted as a master-dog relationship. In the lyrics, talking back to his girlfriend is ‘barking’ and ‘biting his master’. If you take a look at the music video, the male is treated like a submissive dog.
Some of you might think it is a freedom of expression issue. However, what if we change the role? Would you still say that is the freedom of expression? If your notion of the freedom only allows males to be described as dogs, your thought process is equated to dogs’.
‘Good Boy’ is about cougars taming her toyboys. A young, submissive boyfriend and having sex with dogs might be an old women’s fantasy, but normal, clear-minded men are seriously offended by this shitty song.
Even when males were the master of history, females were never treated or depicted like dogs. If a man has published such a song, say ‘Good Girl’, that depicts males taming young females like dogs, he would have been given a social death. The rationality and moral conscience of men would never allow such a rubbish song. That is why the listeners of ‘Good Boy’ are women.
Therefore, the MOK objects to the distribution of ‘Good Boy’.
Comments from Today Humor:
I haven’t listened to the song or seen the music video though, what the MOK says seems to make sense to me, yet the comments on this article are not really in favor of the MOK. Is there any other story that I’m missing?
I want to click ‘like’ 10 times! They are right! It’s all about equality!
Their rationale is not enough to ban the distribution of the song ㅡㅡ Even if the lyrics are like ‘you bitch, dog’ or ‘fucking bastards’, they still should be allowed to be distributed. I think banning from the public TV network should be enough punishment enough for their vulgarity.
If the MOGEF and the MOK are on the 100 Minutes Debate, they will need more than 100 minutes.
More than 300 women’s right activist groups are government-funded, yet the MOK is financially broke ke ke. It seems silly, but it is a move to grab attention from the public and confront the MOGEF head-on.
I heard the song before reading this article. It didn’t feel good to listen to those lyrics. Am I stupid for feeling that way?
The MOK is doing this because it is what the MOGEF would do if the role of the song is changed. I’m not really standing up for The MOK, but this is what it takes to make the MOGEF come into senses.
Imagine what would happen if a dude sings that kind of song.
If a dude can sing that kind of song and the MOGEF doesn’t get bothered, then I’m cool with it.
The MOK itself is a protest against the MOGEF. Let’s take into account the MOK’s underlying thoughts.
People would go crazy if guys sing such songs, and the MOGEF would simply sue the guys. I don’t like the lyrics of Good Boy. Way to go MOK!
If a guy wrote a song with lyrics such as ‘girl you listen to me’, ‘Are you trying to defy me’, ‘stop barking’, ‘how dare you bite your master’, ‘try to act cute’ then the guy would’ve been given a social death sentence. I honestly think the MOK is right.
Who’s fine with this song? Do they seriously think it would be okay even if the song goes the other way around?
I once read about the MOK, and they are not working for boosting the men’s rights. Its existence is to make the MOGEF realize its own stupidity, thus the MOK would reflect the MOGEF’s silly actions. And they also said that the MOK’s biggest obstacle is in fact ‘machos’ saying ‘MOK’s losers’ or ‘shameful’. I can see some obstacles on this internet forum, too.
As a lot of you already said, I would’ve criticised the MOK if the MOGEF hasn’t been so over-the-top. As long as the MOGEF keeps acting stupid, we shouldn’t flatly blame the MOK. The MOGEF isn’t capable of self-contemplation.
It doesn’t sound terribly wrong. It would’ve been controversial if the song was about women being tamed by men.
Even though I usually hate machos, I think it is understandable to feel offended by this song. No matter who should be blamed[the MOK or the MOGEF], the lyrics are a bit…;;;;
I am more disturbed by the music video than the lyrics. What if a male singer likens his girlfriend to a dog? And then he is on the music video with his girlfriend/dog? What would the MOGEF do then?
ke ke You don’t fucking deserve to judge the MOGEF. You two are basically the same. Think of the lyrics of some male singers.. TinTop’s ‘Don’t put on perfume’ or Taeyang’s ‘Even when I cheat on you, you have to be faithful to me’.. One of 2PM’s songs goes as to grade female bodies.^^ If we are to point out every offensive phrase for women, it would be a lot. They are certainly doing whatever it takes to tackle ‘the discrimination against males’. ke ke