Sunday, May 14, 2017

Politicians get funky for Pres. Moon, and other Korean election leftovers

This was a pretty wacky campaign video that ran in support of Moon Jae-in (yes, I'm a little late on this). It features a few fairly prominent politicians busting some dance moves, or trying to anyway. If you ever wanted to see the in-his-60s mayor of Seoul breakdance (yes, breakdance), now's your chance, at around the 0:52 mark.

The roster of people appearing is:

  • 안희정 - Ahn Hee-jung - Governor of Chungcheongnam. Also now known for his kissing Moon in that wacky photo (below). If memory serves, he also actually ran against Moon in the primaries. Just don't ask your doctor for a 충남주사 [The pun seems to come from combining 충남지사 "Chungcheon Governor" with 주사 "drunk behavior"].
  • 박원순 - Park Won-soon - Mayor of Seoul
  • 안민석 - An Min-suk - National Assembly member
  • 진선미 - Jeon Seon-mi - National Assembly member
  • 이재정 - Lee Jae-jeong - National Assembly member
  • 고민정 - Ko Min-jeong - former KBS TV newscaster
  • 박기량 - Park Ki-rang - Cheerleader with Lotte Giants baseball team
  • 김부겸 - Kim Bu-gyeom - National Assembly member. I believe he also ran against Moon in the primaries.

충남주사 안희정, 세계적 스타 됐다 | 2MOON好.COM

🗹 Election leftovers 🗹

Now for a few completely different things (mostly links I put on Twitter).

Facebook's reminder to vote

Failed conservative candidate Hong Jun-pyo aka "Hong Trump" (홍준표 aka 홍트럼프) and CNN presenter Richard Quest. I can't be the only one who sees the resemblance, am I? 

Google had an extensive blog post about all the Korea-election goodies they produced, including their Now cards, election info, and of course that YouTube logo.

And of course they had an election doodle:

2017년 대한민국 선거

A TV channel here in Korea called Super Action had a movie marathon this afternoon, the theme of which was "굿프레지던트" (Good President) which I can only assume was a nod to President Moon's straight-to-work approach, distinguishing him I guess from the former "Bad President". To celebrate, movies featuring "good presidents" aired. When I tuned it, it was Air Force One followed by Independence Day. Moon is no Harrison Ford... or is he

Finally, just a photo I feel sums up my feeling about this whole Park-Trump-Moon season:

A worker sprays water onto the statue of King Sejong for a spring cleaning at the Gwanghwamun Plaza in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, April 10, 2017. King Sejong, the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), created the Korean alphabet, Hangul, in 1446. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). Source: Pictures of the week — AP Images Spotlight

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