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Court says, “After School’s “Funky Man” is not harmful to adolescents”

The Seoul Administrative Court recently ruled that After School’s song is not harmful to youth.

On March 23, After School’s agency, Pledis, said, “We filed a suit in a court to repeal the decision made by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family regarding After School’s song “Funky Man” from their first album and a music video for Orange Caramel’s “Bangkok City. The Ministry originally said that the music and the video was harmful to adolescents but the Court ruled that they would have to cancel their decision.”

The National Youth Commission under the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family announced in July and August of last year that the song and the video are harmful to youth. Because the song includes suggestive lyrics and the video includes scenes of harmful places for youth.

Pledis says, “The song “Funky Man” is just portraying cheerleaders. It is nothing to do with suggestive lyrics. The music video for “Bangkok City” does not encourage the youth to go to harmful places.”

Jung Kyung Seok, lawyer who took a brief for the agency, says, “There is no evidence to prove the song or the video has incited the youth to have sexual desire or to go to harmful places. Since the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family made an arbitrary decision, we knew that we were going to win.”

After School will go on their first Japanese tour ‘Play Girlz’ starting on April 27.

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