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  • Super Waygook

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korean TV censoring
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:13:34 pm »
Does anyone else find the amount of censoring (blurring out) on Korean TV ridiculous?

It's usually not even anything harmful for children to see. Things I've seen blurred:

-Cigarettes
-Guns
-Knives
-Tattoos
-Boxer shorts

As if Korean kids aren't supposed to know that cigarettes and knives exist? No wonder kids here are the most sheltered young people on the planet.
Take that apologists!


Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2013, 08:16:56 pm »
Does anyone else find the amount of censoring (blurring out) on Korean TV ridiculous?

It's usually not even anything harmful for children to see. Things I've seen blurred:

-Cigarettes
-Guns
-Knives
-Tattoos
-Boxer shorts

As if Korean kids aren't supposed to know that cigarettes and knives exist? No wonder kids here are the most sheltered young people on the planet.

you aint seen nothing until you see what passes as porn here,spend a night in a love motel and turn on the tv, its hysterical


Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2013, 08:59:15 pm »
you aint seen nothing until you see what passes as porn here,spend a night in a love motel and turn on the tv, its hysterical

i second this, hugely entertaining


  • VaterRoss
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    • March 08, 2012, 01:12:28 pm
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Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2013, 08:03:56 am »
The other night I was up late watching Korean TV (couldn't sleep) and to my surprise I stumbled across a Korean sex comedy that featured unblurred frontal nudity (though genitals were blurred). This was on one of the movie channels and they prominently featured the 19 and above logo at all times.



  • Daantaat
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    • November 03, 2010, 11:28:38 am
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Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2013, 08:04:33 am »
I kind of like the gore being blurred out on The Walking Dead, though. Even though it's all special effects, it still makes me sick to my stomach to see it without blurring.


Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2013, 08:50:02 am »
Does anyone else find the amount of censoring (blurring out) on Korean TV ridiculous?

It's usually not even anything harmful for children to see. Things I've seen blurred:

-Cigarettes
-Guns
-Knives
-Tattoos
-Boxer shorts

As if Korean kids aren't supposed to know that cigarettes and knives exist? No wonder kids here are the most sheltered young people on the planet.

Korea is censoring more and more stupid things. Give it another year or two and they'll start cracking down on social media just like their neighbors to the North.


  • BTeacher
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Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2013, 10:00:59 am »
One of the reasons I don't watch Korean TV. I hate censorship.

I've seen (fake) severed fingers, etc. blurred out on CSI, etc. too (my wife watches), also, any time an animal or fish is (really) wounded on a documentary or whatever, that's blurred out too.

I used to think that it was joints being blurred out (first saw it on a couple of movie previews), which was ridiculous enough, but nope, it's cigarettes.

Even some DVD's are censored. My wife has a Korean copy of the French film Betty Blue, and the main characters are pretty much nude throughout, so there's these big blue dots floating around  the actors groins for the entire movie. On a DVD. Bought by an adult. For private viewing.

I just don't get it. I mean, there's call girl cards littering the pavement, and tons of Koreans go to nude saunas. I realize the men and women are separated, but nobody can believe that there aren't some people aroused in same-sex saunas. Korean saunas and nude censorship just seem to be completely contradictory.

« Last Edit: August 23, 2013, 10:02:33 am by BTeacher »


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    • March 05, 2010, 06:12:22 pm
    • Incheon
Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2013, 12:04:12 pm »
There's one channel that also blurs out armpit hair and nipples.


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    • August 28, 2012, 02:26:17 pm
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Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2013, 12:22:54 pm »
I don't know much about censorship on Korean TV since I disconnected it after being here less than a week (and I thought TV back home was dumb). 

I once saw a painting of a naked woman blurred out on American TV when I was watching an episode of The Apprentice! That seemed pretty dumb to me. Btw, we are talking traditional renaissance style not some sort of raunchy risque modern art piece.   
« Last Edit: August 23, 2013, 12:28:34 pm by grezbob »


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Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2013, 12:36:33 pm »
Korea is censoring more and more stupid things. Give it another year or two and they'll start cracking down on social media just like their neighbors to the North.

You should read the news more often. They already sensor NK related items, delete slander / libel against politicians, imprision podcasters, etc.


Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2013, 12:37:40 pm »
I don't watch much TV here, but I do remember seeing a blurred out knife and thinking it was odd when I first got here. But I've seen shows with unblurred guns and such. For some reason it just doesn't feel consistent.

I don't like the censorship either, but I don't watch enough TV for it to matter, I guess.



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Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2013, 12:43:19 pm »
Saw 'From dusk til dawn' once in a dvd room.  There were random moments when the screen when black and sound got muted.  First time was odd, thought the dvd had scratches since it took them so long to find the disk.  Then they started to happen more frequently. 

Then there was a scene where someone was about to get his head cut off or something.  Just as the weapon fell, screen went black again.

Other moment where censorship was event in movies was when I was watching a movie with my girlfriend at home.  She was shocked that a movie she loved so much had scenes she never seen before.  I think it was completely cut because of partial nudity or violence.

As someone mentioned, the love motel edits are pretty hilarious too...


Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2013, 12:46:18 pm »
You should read the news more often. They already sensor NK related items, delete slander / libel against politicians, imprision podcasters, etc.

And I seem to recall reading that the original slander/libel laws were introduced largely to protect the reputation of Korea's chaebol (in addition to helping prosecute anyone who opposed the dictator in power). The idea was that, basically, people would be discouraged from complaining about shoddy merchandise and construction, and this would have the twin effects of safeguarding domestic industry and curbing demand for increased imports that would compete for Korean cash.

Ugh. Where did I read that... I think it was somewhere between The Impossible Country and some kind of background article in Time. If I can find it I'll post it.


Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2013, 12:48:01 pm »
Yeah it seems a bit weird.  Ultra violent crime movies are shown at 10am, with characters dropping the f-bomb all over the dialogue, but the character that is smoking has their cigarette blurred out.

Maybe the people who actually complain to the TV networks don't understand English therefore don't complain.


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Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2013, 01:21:33 pm »
Does anyone else find the amount of censoring (blurring out) on Korean TV ridiculous?

It's usually not even anything harmful for children to see. Things I've seen blurred:

-Cigarettes
-Guns
-Knives
-Tattoos
-Boxer shorts

As if Korean kids aren't supposed to know that cigarettes and knives exist? No wonder kids here are the most sheltered young people on the planet.

Not sure about that, when I play a picture drawing game with my students I have to begin with "no pictures of weapons". They can barely respond to "how are you?", yet know what a machete is!


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Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2013, 10:47:56 am »
Does anyone else find the amount of censoring (blurring out) on Korean TV ridiculous?

It's usually not even anything harmful for children to see. Things I've seen blurred:

-Cigarettes
-Guns
-Knives
-Tattoos
-Boxer shorts

As if Korean kids aren't supposed to know that cigarettes and knives exist? No wonder kids here are the most sheltered young people on the planet.

I watched TAKEN 2 recently and in one scene the cigarette was blurred and in the next scene it wasn't, makes no sense at all.


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Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2013, 01:06:06 pm »
Does anyone else find the amount of censoring (blurring out) on Korean TV ridiculous?

It's usually not even anything harmful for children to see. Things I've seen blurred:

-Cigarettes
-Guns
-Knives
-Tattoos
-Boxer shorts

As if Korean kids aren't supposed to know that cigarettes and knives exist? No wonder kids here are the most sheltered young people on the planet.

I watched TAKEN 2 recently and in one scene the cigarette was blurred and in the next scene it wasn't, makes no sense at all.

I don't understand it either. I don't remember what I was watching but in this scene a guy was smoking. There was no censor until he brought the cigarette close to his mouth, then half of his face was blurred. When he took the cigarette away from his mouth it was uncensored again ...



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Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2013, 03:25:47 pm »
Does anyone else find the amount of censoring (blurring out) on Korean TV ridiculous?

It's usually not even anything harmful for children to see. Things I've seen blurred:

-Cigarettes
-Guns
-Knives
-Tattoos
-Boxer shorts

As if Korean kids aren't supposed to know that cigarettes and knives exist? No wonder kids here are the most sheltered young people on the planet.

I watched TAKEN 2 recently and in one scene the cigarette was blurred and in the next scene it wasn't, makes no sense at all.

I don't understand it either. I don't remember what I was watching but in this scene a guy was smoking. There was no censor until he brought the cigarette close to his mouth, then half of his face was blurred. When he took the cigarette away from his mouth it was uncensored again ...

that's just another thing that makes total sense only in Korea


Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2013, 04:45:35 pm »
Disclaimer: This story might only be funny to me.

I'm a pretty avid K-Pop fan, my TV is constantly on the music channels. I hardly ever change it. And, they have their music video blocks and they play their "You must be 15 to watch this" parental advisory advertisements. But, there are some K-Pop videos which aren't allowed on day-time TV. Like that creepy sexy-cat-vampire thing that T-Ara did in Bo Peep and there's usually an alternate version appropriate for younger audiences that they play on TV. WELL, I was listening and a really good song, from a quasi-good band MYNAME came on the TV. But, in their music video they get into gang fights, and smoke, and gamble, and drink, and shoot people, and there's even some pretty bloody violence. Well, there's no alternate version for their music video, because who's got the time, right? It's mainly for youtube. It was definitely a 4 and a half minute long blur on the entire television screen, and I'm not exaggerating. They played the music and blurred the screen out. The end.

That was definitely a more entertaining story in my head...............

Still gonna post it........
But I'm not a marine biologist....


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    • June 06, 2011, 09:19:35 pm
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Re: korean TV censoring
« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2013, 04:47:01 pm »
A long time ago a parent's information type show about raising kids was on TV in north america. They were talking about bike locks, and they were going to show how some "Expert" could bypass any bike lock in mere seconds.

Essentially what they were doing was showing someone with massive bolt cutters like comically long cutting each bike, except they made this whole big deal and speech about how they were being responsible by blurring out the tool he was using. Yes, they had this guy with his arms spread wide clamping down on each different lock snapping them off, as if people couldn't figure out what he was using.

 :rolleyes: