San E’s Ongoing War With Two Other Rappers Involving Feminism
After the controversial Isu Station incident, where two women falsely claimed that they were beaten by a group of men for having short hair and not wearing makeup, rapper San E made it clear that he was sick and tired of the double standards and the distorted ideologies of feminism rampant in South Korea.
Let’s be clear, he isn’t against feminism, but rather the people who are distorting it. After all feminism, in its true form, is all about having a voice that ensures equality for women without facing discrimination. Nothing wrong with that, and something most definitely required. But what’s problematic is when feminism becomes distorted and deceives people in to thinking that it is about expressing hatred and disrespect towards men. That, we can all safely agree, is not feminism. Which is why the Isu Station incident has been infuriating the people of South Korean even more recently. While netizens initially thought that the “victims” were beaten by men for having short hair and not wearing makeup, it turns out that this was a fabricated story told by the women. What made it worse was that a large portion of South Korean news agencies exhibited an unforgivable display of unprofessionalism and released articles without getting any of the facts checked out, while also spreading fake news and blindly supporting the narrative that the women were “victims”.
San E released two tracks to express his discomfort at the backlash he received from uploading a video clip showing what actually transpired during the Isu Station incident. The video clip showed that the two “victims” were provoking men nearby with sexually degrading language and was causing public disturbance.
The rapper was criticized for getting involved, which lead to him release ‘FEMINIST’ and ’69cm’. Two rappers known as Jerry K. and SLEEQ began accusing him of being fake and promoting misogyny. And there were also many netizens who seems to have misinterpreted San E’s song ‘FEMINIST’ as they took to social media to express their discomfort at him.
a few women were literally just victims of an awful hate crime in korea for being feminists and not fitting with men’s standards and san e thinks it’s the perfect time to release this trash ass song. anyways
— 🌩 (@girlsgaIaxy) November 16, 2018
san e: blame the system, not men
who built the system? men.
san e: if women want equal rights, serve in the military
but you’re exempt from military training, even though it’s compulsory
san e: i’m a feminist because i love women
no… that’s not quite how it works.
— 萱慈 | mrxzpd 📌 (@b_wenjun) November 16, 2018
Is San E pretending to be a feminist? What is your interpretation of the rapper’s lyrics and intentions?