Are Burning Sun & SOPA Scandals A Way To Divert Attention Away From S. Korean Political Mess?
We’ve heard that Burning Sun was news that was intended to divert attention away from accusations of sexual harassment happening within SOPA. And not surprisingly enough, we’ve also heard that SOPA was an attempt to divert all the attention away from the Burning Sun scandal. But what if both are actually news that were intended to divert attention away at what is really happening within South Korea at the moment?
President Moon JaeIn’s rating has been gradually declining and there have even been a few protests here and there in Seoul as well. His once 70% approval rate has now fell below 50% and has not been showing any signs of regaining the momentum it once had.
While people are busy reading about K-Pop news about BIGBANG members SeungRi and G-Dragon, they might have suddenly forgotten that a close aide to president Moon JaeIn during the elections was sentenced to two years in prison for rigging online opinion polls.
According to The Diplomat,
“The current Moon Jae-in administration kicked off in May 2017, which means Moon will enter his third year in office in 2019. And signs of the “nightmare” for Moon and his government have already begun to emerge.
One of the core members of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea, Sohn Hye-won, is currently under the media spotlight, with accusations of alleged speculation in real estate. Sohn disaffiliated herself from the party to minimize the public anger, but it does not seem like the dissatisfaction will dissipate soon.
Another ruling party member, Seo Young-kyo, is alleged to have called a judge into her office in 2015 and asked to have the level of punishment reduced for an acquaintance’s son, who was then on trial for a charge of attempted sexual abuse.
Closer to the president himself, Moon’s economic adviser Kim Hyun-chul recently resigned, taking responsibility for a controversy caused by his remarks. Kim said in a recent forum that retired South Koreans should go to Southeast Asian countries and that people referring to South Korea as “hell” would realize that the state of this country outpaces those of the Southeast Asian countries.
Opposition parties are also currently targeting Moon’s daughter, who recently moved abroad, speculating that her family left the country to avoid legal issues.
More importantly, South Gyeongsang Governor Kim Kyoung-soo on January 30 received a two-year prison term for his involvement in an online opinion rigging scandal. Kim was a key aide to Moon during his election campaign in 2017.
Although some of these scandals remain allegations or merely speculation, it is undeniable that all are a blow to Moon and his administration, which is struggling to boost the country’s sagging economy and maintaining the balance between international powers and North Korea.”