EBS lecturer fired after disparaging military, menA female video lecturer on the public Educational Broadcasting Station lost her job after ranting to students about men, military service and how they prevent world peace.
In the Korean language lesson uploaded on the EBS Web site Saturday, instructor Jang Hee-min, 38, said, “Men like talking about their time served in the military, right? They always ask for special favors just because they went to the military. But they have to realize they go and learn how to kill people. After all that women go through to bring them into this world, that’s what they learn. So what have they done right? What are they supposed to protect? This world would be at peace if they didn’t serve in the first place.”
The lesson was for the Korean language portion of the annual college entrance exam. Jang also teaches Korean at Hana High School in Seoul. The video went viral after young viewers posted clips of it on popular video sharing Web sites, including YouTube. “This makes me realize that people in public offices or employment should be held to a higher standard of care in their speech and actions,” commented one viewer, Lee Sang-hoon, on a Web site.
EBS’ president Kwak Duk-hoon posted a formal apology on the station’s Web site, saying he “couldn’t understand [Jang] and that he was perplexed by the video, as he, too, served in the Army.” Kwak apologized to the “young people who were hurt by Jang’s statement” and took partial responsibility for releasing the video without careful examination.
The broadcaster decided to fire Jang after an emergency board meeting early yesterday morning. Jang also posted an apology on the Web site through her producer, saying that “no excuses would ever forgive her of the statement,” and that she “did not mean it out of spite.”
By Christine Kim [firstname.lastname@example.org]