Friday, February 5, 2010

Yie Eun-woong t-shirts hit the market.

CaptPorridge.com has created the first batch of Yie Eun-woong t-shirts, with the picture of the Anti-English Spectrum leader who admits to "following" teachers around for months at a time. They go for US$11.



The photograph is taken from his write-up in the Los Angeles Times on January 31st (my post on it is here). Yie for some reason agreed to pose for a picture in Gangnam---or Glionna made it a condition for the article, who knows---and now the man whose online cafe boasts of things like stalking foreign English teachers, rummaging through their trash, and shaping anti-teacher legislation now has thousands of people on the look-out for him.

18 comments:

This Is Me Posting said...

It should have something like (WorldLingoed) 이 녀석은 저를 따르고 있는가? underneath the picture. It's only half as effective otherwise.

Edward said...

Brian,

Seriously... no one is going to want to have a picture of a guy that ugly/plain looking on the front of their chests!

A definite chick repellent.

Darth Babaganoosh said...

I'd rather it said (in Korean): "If you see this guy following me, call 119"

As for chick repellent, yeah, it is. But then I wouldn't be wearing it anywhere where I would expect to be picking up chicks anyway. Although that's probably the place I need it most, with Yie cockblocking me.

The Sanity Inspector said...

Who knows? If Yie stirs up enough trouble/ridicule, he could become the next Islamic Rage Boy.

kushibo said...

It would be a tad opaque, but I like, "그냥 따라 가면, following. 스토킹하면, stalking."

Obscure, sure, but wouldn't a shirt with Mister Yie on it be obscure no matter what the caption below?

kissmykimchi said...

Wow, so I hope people travel in groups while wearing this because I'm foreseeing something bad if these crazy anti-English folk come across a lone guy or gal wearing one.

andrew said...

i hope he's checked to make sure there's nothing legally questionable about this.

Chris in South Korea said...

Yeah, I was just joking about wearing a t-shirt... The caption is easy enough to change by doing it yourself. It would need to be general enough ("The face of the Anti-English Spectrum"), or understood on its own, without knowing the context (on the BACK of the shirt, perhaps, the picture with a caption saying 'quit following me!')

The average passerby will have no idea about the context, though, and will have no idea why some random person following you is a bad idea... It may even make you a target - not everyone likes their face plastered on a t-shirt...

@andrew: fair question - any advice? What can (or can't) be done with someone else's picture?

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Korean Rum Diary said...

That's pretty funny. I might buy one.

Ryan.G said...

This is fantastic!

lifer11 said...

That picture's fake. He's just seeing who's interested and if enough sign up he'll get them printed...hat's off to the guy for the effort^^

Brian said...

Awwww, http://www.expatkorea.com/bbs/showthread.php?t=20035 he didn't actually plan on selling them b/c he didn't think people'd actually buy them. What's the point of doing it, then? Looks like somebody else will have to step up.

greg said...

This is sweet for me. After having him called to my local police headquarters for his death threats against English teachers and libelous posts about me...

kushibo said...

Greg, can you release the header information in the emailed death threats so we can get an idea where they came from?

Team said...

I can't believe this guy has taken his hateful invective and misguided rhetoric on the road.

Maybe the best thing to do at this stage would be to avoid giving him the publicity/credibility/legitimacy he so desperately craves. I can only wonder if the blogosphere's buzz on this guy is what made international (and formerly reputable) news agencies pick up his story.

Team said...

and @Chris in South Korea--EnglishSpectrum.com is now dead.

Brian said...

Formerly? Which agencies don't you like now?

Some of the articles on Yie and AES were lazy and poorly done, but I don't think there's any harm in western media getting the word out about them and, finally, getting out our side of the story.

Brian said...

Doesn't matter if the site is dead, it's what gave AES its start, it's the name the group still uses for its URL, and it's the name English-speakers will always use for it, regardless of the English names the group comes up with.