A short man is a 루저, says some woman I've never heard of.
From the Korea Times:
A remark deriding short men by a female student guest on KBS2 TV's talk show, ``Misuda,'' (Beauties' Chatterbox), is creating a stir on the Internet.
Lee Do-kyung of Hongik University, one of the 12 students invited to the program broadcast on Monday night, dropped a bombshell, saying a short man is a ``loser.''
Asked whether she would go out with a short male, she said, ``I won't. Height is a measure of competitiveness. I think a man who is short is a loser.'' She said a dating partner for her should stand at least 180 centimeters tall.
Right after her ``bold'' remark was aired, not only the student but also KBS homepage were bombarded with ruthless criticisms from netizens.
The following day, she posted a note on her mini-homepage on Cyworld that she just read the script.
``Script writers wanted me to follow the script and the word `loser' was in the script and I just read it as told,'' she said.
The last time we heard about the show being scripted was also the last time there was a controversy. In August a German panelist got into trouble with Korean netizens for writing a book with opinions deemed critical of Korea and Koreans (see this post for details). From the Korea Times:
As for her TV remarks, she said a half of them were pre-written by a writer. “You just memorize and regurgitate what is already scripted during the show,” she said.
Interestingly, in July when the panelists had a discussion about nasty foreign men, none of the Korean netizens seemed to notice or take offense. From a Korea Beat translation of an article:
UK-born Eva said, “foreign men who were not popular in their home countries are treated like kings… It’s so strange that western men who of course have very plan features are always being followed by pretty girls.”
Eva added, “if a Korean friend of mine is thinking about having a western boyfriend I tell her to let me see him first. Once my Korean friend’s boyfriend from the UK turned out to have a girlfriend back in the UK.”
I guess I have two things to say about the latest controversy: (1) so this woman is some random Korean person and isn't even a regular panelist? and (2) don't they rip on guys and stereotypes all the time? Isn't that one of the foundations of the show? Certainly, as we saw in July, some topics are considered proper for conversation on television---playing into the ugly stereotype of the foreign male "Playboy"---while a woman saying with shitty pronunciation that she doesn't like short guys clearly isn't.