K-pop sex scandal: Anger, disappointment, but no surprise

Abuse of women prevalent in S. Korean showbiz: Observers

Seungri, a member of K-pop boy band BigBang, arriving at the Seoul Metropolitan Policy Agency last Thursday for questioning on suspicion that he drugged girls and sent them to VIP customers of a club that he co-owned. He was later found to be in a ch
Seungri, a member of K-pop boy band BigBang, arriving at the Seoul Metropolitan Policy Agency last Thursday for questioning on suspicion that he drugged girls and sent them to VIP customers of a club that he co-owned. He was later found to be in a chat group where illicit videos of singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young having sex with women were shared.PHOTO: DPA

Student Kim Yeo-joo has been deleting K-pop songs all week as a snowballing sex scandal involving BigBang member Seungri and FT Island leader Choi Jong-hoon rocked South Korea and brought to light the widespread abuse of women in the patriarchal society.

"Each day a new idol gets caught in the scandal, I delete their songs. I don't want to listen to something that makes money for an underground sex market," the 19-year-old K-pop fan told The Sunday Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 17, 2019, with the headline 'Anger, disappointment, but no surprise'. Subscribe