"It’s understood that soldiers have desires but this just makes them look bad"
A video of a bikini-clad model dancing for South Korean soldiers has sparked outrage.
According to the Korean Herald, a YouTube video of a scantily clad model dancing for South Korean soldiers has caused an online furore.
The on stage performance as part of a “morale boosting performance” for the soldiers. The Capital Defense Command has since issued an official apology and an online petition has been circulated.
In the now deleted clip, the model is seen wearing a small bikini dancing to Kpop music, with cheers from the soldiers.
A host is heard asking “how old are you?” When the fitness model replies “21,” the crowd erupts in applause.
The clip, which was uploaded to YouTube on Korea’s Liberation Day (15 August), attracted a number of comments slamming the performance.
“This is beyond shocking,” one commenter wrote. “This kind of ‘consolation’ performance in 2018? What exactly is being consoled here?”
“Rampant sexual commercialization noted right here. It’s understood that soldiers have desires but this just makes them look bad,” another wrote.
15,000 people signed an online petition on Cheong Wa Dae asking the presidential office to ban such performances for the military in the future. An opposition petition asked the government to “not be swayed by feminist groups and restore Army to its natural state” but only received 10 signatures.
The presidential office must issue a formal response if the petition garners over 200,000 signatures within 30 days.