Gamergate in Korea. Every bit as bad, and I’d say worse.
On the face of it, the slogan “Girls do not need a prince” doesn’t seem that controversial.
In many parts of the world, it would pass as the kind of thing any young woman might wear without prompting a second look.
But when the actress, Kim Jayeon, tweeted a photograph of herself wearing the garment, she generated a storm and lost herself a job.
She was the voice of one of the characters in a South Korean online game called “Closers”. Gaming is very big in South Korea, as much a part of the culture as football.
Fans of “Closers” inundated Nexon, the company which produced the game, with complaints. Many of the complaints, according to female activists, were offensive and anti-women.
Nexon quickly bowed to the protesters and sacked the actress. It told the BBC that she would be paid in full for her work but her voice would not be used on the game.
It issued a statement saying it had “recognised the voices of concern amongst the Closers community”, adding that “we have suddenly decided to seek a replacement in the role”.
The full story is at BBC.com.