“I did some research. And I found out that it was Korea who discovered it (Dokdo) first. But it’s difficult to determine which country does Dokdo belong to. The first country to discover it was Korea while Japan was the first to give it a name.”
Clearly I'm being facetious by calling the comments "inflammatory." The Liancourt Rocks are considered disputed territory by most of the world, but in Korea both they and the Sea of Japan are considered unquestionably Korean, and expressing any opinion to the contrary will anger netizens and normal people alike. Yes, even "it’s difficult to determine which country does Dokdo belong to" can cause so much trouble. Japanese people in Korea, especially celebrities, need to learn how dangerous expressing their opinions can be, and need to recognize when questions are asked to stir up trouble. Foreign English teachers can dodge the issue by saying something like "It's not important to me" or even "I don't know," but Japanese will likely not get away so easily. Allkpop includes a quotation from another Japanese panelist Tokiwa Fusako:
“Whenever the Dokdo issue gets escalated in the media, I would get scolded when I walk on the streets.”
In the headline I write "another" scandal because it seems netizens like nothing more than getting bent out of shape over what gets said on that program. In August, German panelist Vera Hohleiter angered netizens with a book she had written which criticized some aspects of Korean culture. According to the Korea Times, in turn quoting another paper which was using a Korean student in Germany as its source, Hohleiter wrote:
According to the Korean student, Hohleiter wrote in her book: “As a well-mannered and well-educated person from Europe, I put in a great deal of effort to appreciate the Korean society, but everyday I counter something that makes me fail to do so.”
For example, Hohleiter wrote: “Korean girls are obsessed with keeping up with the popular trend of time and therefore they predominantly wear mini-skirts. But then, when they walk up the stairways in the subway station, they make every possible pretentious effort to hide their exposed bodies. I don’t understand why they even wear mini-skirts from the start.”
The 29-year-old German also said, “Koreans have a bad taste for gossiping about foreigners. When they spot them in a public place such as in the subway, they delve into a very detailed criticism of their appearance and do it in a loud voice.”
She also said the show was scripted. The biggest scandal happened last fall, when a Korean student on the show called short guys "losers," prompting weeks of headlines and months of backlash.