Korean K-Pop Groups Labeled ‘Too Sexy’
November 19, 2010 | by V Saxena

Swarms of uber-sexy and talented South Korean girl band groups have been popping up all over Asian lately. Known for their short shorts and tantalizing dance moves, these groups are now under fire by their own government for being ‘too sexy.’

According to Tokyo Kinky, three extremely popular South Korean girl groups that operate in Japan—Girls Generation, Brown Eyed Girl, and KARA—are being disparaged for projecting an inappropriate image to the world.

The issue is so heated that South Korea’s parliament launched a full-fledged inquiry to investigate why these ladies are wearing such ‘revealing clothes’ and dancing with ‘suggestive moves and lyrics.’

They’re especially concerned about these girls’ ages, as it’s illegal in Korea for a child 15 and under to be exploited as a sex symbol. The big concern is that the record labels are forcing the girls to act this way to attract higher ratings in Japan.

Korean citizens are also brooding over this controversy. Many of the older generations support the parliament’s view, while the younger crowd sympathizes with the ladies.

The situation reminds me of a scene from the Cosby Show in which Vanessa and two friends danced sexily for her parents. They innocently saw nothing wrong with it—as they were just showing off their moves for an upcoming dance contest. But her parents felt quite differently.

Many people also argue that Koreans are afraid to let females become empowered. Truthfully, these young ladies are likely choosing to dance and dress in the way seen. However, sometimes “parents just don’t understand.”

It’s not exactly weird in the usual sense, but I thought it certainly offbeat enough to mention. The beauty of this controversy is that it shows how kids and parents from all over the world are just alike. No matter where you go, you can always count on the youth butting heads with the older generations.

Below is an especially controversial video by the group KARA.

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After having watched r&b and rap videos all my life, I personally don’t get the hype. How about you?

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V Saxena
I hail from Raleigh, North Carolina. I was raised in America and intend to bring up my children as proud Americans because I am defined by neither my past nor the color of my skin, but rather by the path I choose to take in life. It is this option to be who and what I want that has me so enamored with my Mother country: the United States of America. For more information, please visit http://conservativenewsfeed.com.
  • I agree, somewhat, with the Korean officials. Their questions reveal a concern we should all have about how far Big Bussiness will go to get Mo' Money. Girl (adolescent and more than likely Young Adult) work out their lives based on pressure to complete, especially when they look in the mirror and see a beautiful woman who could get what she has always wanted. These are strong influences and she is a normal human being. It is disgusting and irresponsible when anyone gets what they want by using that desire which is inocent. These selfish entities will say "let the buyer beware" but it is long overdue for adults to question the manipulators' actions. Loving adults try to rescue their children.

  • It seems preposterous that the Korean government is butting their head into their media. So what if these girls are being idolized for dancing in their revealing clothing? This is what they wanted when they signed their contracts. They can leave if they want. Culturally, Koreans have always been socially conservative, but compared to what other images other developed countries broadcasted, Korea's image is near damn nun-like.

  • Too much ass shaking….that's pretty much it…

  • oh boohoo. This is what makes show business interesting. Girls wearing these outfits and dance in a sexual way. America has it worse.

  • It looks like they're bringing back hand-dancing from the 80's. Tiffany was way ahead of her time.

  • yes they are to sexy.
    they're too sexy for they're shirts too sexy for they're shirt,
    So sexy it hurts,
    And they're too sexy for Milan too sexy for Milan,
    New York, and Japan. :-D

  • Wow, how completely unsexual. They're clothed and dancing like it's the 80s… Doesn't their government have more important things to micromanage?

  • they're T-ara and they are a kpop group….

  • if you ask me kpop didn't have any problems like this before, girl groups were sweet and feminine then 2NE1 (my fave btw) came out and they were modern and funky although not sexy at all but it kindah set the other girls to a competitive rush that following groups came out with different images, and older groups became more sexy and mature concepts were made to break out from the cute stereotype and to stand out and attract more people… although if you ask me it's not a problem to some groups with older members, they can do sexy concepts but still the society is just too conservative… can you imaging if kpop kids dress like jpop kids does? with the short skirts and exposed belly buttons? korean parents might have a heart attack…it is inappropriate but since it's like the 'standard' jpop costume they don't look sexy anymore since everyone's like wearing the same thing…

  • its kind of insulting when you "with their weight" there is nothing wrong with them.

    • '…by Korean standards'
      By Asian standards in general. If there is excess fat or if their bodies are not slim, they are overweight. If they obviously have a lot of fat on their bodies, they are fat. Simple.

  • I find that one girl's use of auto-tune offensive.

  • wow damn cute girls!!

  • I would like to counter the korean government by showing them the pitt bull bojangles video

  • sigh.. thats actually too bad. I mean, the modesty found in Korean Pop music and culture is a rarity these days and thats one of the major reasons why I liked SNDS and others. tsk tsk.. people you can still be completely cute and sexy with clothes ON! (coming from a 22 year old female btw Mr. reporter)

  • I see NOTHING wrong with Korean pop culture and it's young ladies expressing themselves.Keep up the great videos ladies and Thankyou.Does'nt the goverment have better things to do?

  • See, that’s why today’s society is so messed up and immoralized. They label showing your body as “female empowerment” when in actuality you’re just objectifying yourself. Wearing revealing clothes is telling the world that your body is nothing special and that it doesn’t take much to see the rest if it, maybe just a date or two and a gift. That you’re nothing to be cherished or treated with respect, you’re just another piece of meat. The media portrays this as “confidence” though, so the girls of this generation make it their business to show their bodies at all costs. It’s so sad, if these music videos would just stop promoting such stupidity kids wouldn’t feel the need to imitate it.  America is already fucked up so I really hope that Japan and Korea get themselves together before it’s too late for them too.

  • @blah  And this is also why teen pregnancy, STD infections, and low senses of self-worth have all increased in the past decades. Like you said, American has it worse which is why we’re so fucked up as a society now, why not let Japan and Korea try to clean themselves up before they become just like us?

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