Long before MeToo took off, three South Korean teachers knew the country had a gender problem. K-pop stars and other celebrities who own up to being feminists are trolled viciously by male fans. A year later, the women, trained sex educators who had been working for the Red Cross, struck out on their own to form sex education provider Lala School. That interest is drawing attention to the widespread misperceptions and ignorance when it comes to sex. The drab basement in a poor district of western Seoul where the Lala School set up shop used to be a brothel.
Sex education in a former brothel
SEOUL — Police in South Korea questioned two K-pop stars and two other singers resigned on Thursday, as accusations of sex tapes, prostitutes and secret chat about rape rocked the music industry and hit entertainment stocks. The blame game triggered by accusations against the boyish stars who epitomize an industry that carried South Korean pop culture to the global stage is rooted in concerns the business has neglected morality in its lust for fame and fortune. Singer Lee Seung-hyun, 28, better known by the stage name Seungri, is suspected of paying for prostitutes for foreign businessmen to drum up investment in his business.
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Two sex scandals that rocked the South Korean music world have crushed the country's entertainment stocks as police investigate the involvement of celebrities in alleged criminal conduct. K-pop artist Seungri real name Lee Seung-hyun , who was part of hugely popular boy band Big Bang, has been accused of providing prostitutes to investors in a club he owned. Police are also seeking a warrant to arrest another star, TV personality Jung Joon-young, over sex videos that he allegedly shared in social media chat rooms. On Tuesday, the stock closed at 36, Korean won per share, down around 1 percent from the day before. According to reports , the nation's five major entertainment companies lost Trouble first surfaced in late January, when Korean media reported that employees at Burning Sun, a nightclub then owned by Seungri, were being accused of assaulting a customer. Things spiraled in late February, when the singer was taken in for questioning by the police. On March 11, following reports that the celebrity had been charged with providing sexual services at his club, YG Entertainment saw its stock fall On the same day, Seungri announced on his Instagram account that he would retire from show business.
Elise Hu. The former pop idol was there to undergo police questioning over charges of supplying prostitution services. A total of four Korean entertainers have abruptly retired from the industry this week, in a widening scandal linking the glossy world of K-pop with a series of seedy sex crimes. The biggest players — Seungri, of the influential all-male group Big Bang, and the year-old singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young — have both apologized to the public for their involvement in twin, interlocking cases of exploitation of women.