A woman claiming to be Student Parents’ Human Rights Protection Solidarity’s representative targeted Mamamoo Hwasa.
Student Parents’ Human Rights Protection Solidarity’s representative Shin Min Hyang and popular culture critic Kim Heon Sik appeared on CBS’ “Kim Hyun Jung’s News Show” on September 11th. They discussed different perspectives on Hwasa’s controversy.
On May 12th, Hwasa stood on the stage of Sungkyunkwan University’s festival to film tvN’s entertainment program “Dancing Queens on the Road”. Hwasa was embroiled in controversy over indecent performance as she showed sensational movements while performing her solo song “Don’t Give”.
On June 22nd, Student Parents’ Human Rights Protection Solidarity filed a complaint against Hwasa, claiming, “Hwasa’s behavior is reminiscent of perverted sexual intercourse, which is enough to bring shame to the public who witnessed it. It cannot be interpreted as an artistic act because it does not fit the context of the choreography.” Hwasa has recently been questioned by the police.
Shin Min Hyang argued that Hwasa’s actions were inappropriate and constituted indecent behavior, causing discomfort to the public. She also expressed concern about the impact on young viewers and questioned whether such behavior should be tolerated even in the name of artistic expression.
Shin Min Hyang further emphasized that performances should be context-appropriate and criticized the unexpected nature of Hwasa’s actions in front of a large audience. She raised the question of whether Hwasa should face legal consequences for her actions and challenged those who advocate for artistic freedom at the expense of potential harm to children.
Hwasa previously expressed difficulty due to online harassment related to this controversy. Shin Min Hyang criticized Hwasa for not taking responsibility for the harm caused to the public and for not showing remorse for her actions.
However, popular culture critic Kim Heon Sik argued that the real issue lies with “monster parents” and cited the recent case of a teacher’s death at Seoul Seoi Elementary School as an example. He viewed this as an instance of overbearing parents excessively interfering with artistic freedom.
Kim Heon Sik explained that “monster parents” originally came from the concept of helicopter parents in the United States, referring to parents who hover around their children and excessively intervene in their lives. In Japan, it has been associated with parents who flood schools with excessive complaints and unreasonable demands.
He believed that Hwasa’s case also showed an instance where parents, citing their children’s education as a reason, excessively interfered in all aspects. He argued that while criticism and discussion of problematic performances are valid, it may not be appropriate for a third-party parents’ organization that was not present at the performance venue to file a legal complaint and involve the police, especially from a perspective of artistic freedom and expression.