Irene of K-pop group Red Velvet is under pressure to leave the band despite apologising for bullying a stylist. Photo: SM Entertainment Irene of K-pop group Red Velvet is under pressure to leave the band despite apologising for bullying a stylist. Photo: SM Entertainment
Irene of K-pop group Red Velvet is under pressure to leave the band despite apologising for bullying a stylist. Photo: SM Entertainment

How Irene of Red Velvet’s bullying scandal gives insight into abuse of power in Korean society, not just K-pop

  • Irene’s actions may reflect the phenomenon of ‘gapjil’ in South Korea, which refers to people in positions of authority abusing or bullying those who aren’t
  • But the public backlash to the K-pop star may also be a reaction to the lack of dominant women in the South Korean workplace today

Knowledge |   K-pop
Irene of K-pop group Red Velvet is under pressure to leave the band despite apologising for bullying a stylist. Photo: SM Entertainment Irene of K-pop group Red Velvet is under pressure to leave the band despite apologising for bullying a stylist. Photo: SM Entertainment
Irene of K-pop group Red Velvet is under pressure to leave the band despite apologising for bullying a stylist. Photo: SM Entertainment
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