Changing Perspectives – UN|HATE Revisited (1)

This post is an update to the previous post UN|HATE – Attitudes towards Homosexuality in Contemporary Korean Society.

In the meantime, the previously described graffiti has been altered several times to either support or oppose its message. In addition, a second graffiti was added to its left, most likely by the same artist. The Korean message reads “Caution: Foreigners Crossing” (주의: 외국인 보호, lit. “Caution: Protect Foreigners”).

The new graffiti gives a clue about the artist being a foreigner himself, not only because of the message to ‘protect’ foreigners but also because of the use of the word ‘xing’ for ‘crossing’ that indicates that she or he might be from North America. But there are clues about the opponent, too. At first, I hadn’t noticed the message on the right of the graffiti, which by now was painted over. It read ‘Abomination’ (가증한 일) and according to two of my Korean friends is a term predominantly used by Christians to describe blasphemous behaviour.

Not long after the graffiti artist had painted over the red crosses and the comment, his adversary struck again. Not only were the red crosses repainted, this time, a message in English was added and an arrow pointing at the family with two fathers.

Another day later, the red crosses and the new message were painted over again.

All this happened during the same week in which Barack Obama went on record as the first American president to support same-sex marriages (see below) while a day earlier, North Carolina voters had approved a state constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage and civil unions, dealing a blow to gay rights in the United States.

Excerpt from Obama’s statement:

“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

The below image was published by Being Liberal under the title “Why? Trying To Understand North Carolina Amendment 1 Voting Results”. The byline read, “The correlation is not accidental. Education is the most important factor in fighting bigotry.”

To be continued…

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