The 2013 'Facebook video'
Part 1: Video surfaces on Facebook showing foreign men mistreating Korean woman
Part 2: Is the Facebook video fake?
Part 3: More on the Facebook video
Part 4: Today's Facebook video update
Part 5: Korea Herald follows up on the Facebook video
Part 6: A conversation with 'Last Known Survivor'
Part 7: Reports on the staged video
Part 4: Today's Facebook video update
And in recent news regarding the Facebook video, at the Marmot's Hole, Korea Herald reporter John Power left a lengthy comment about the sources for his two articles (which are translated into Korean here and here, by the way). The main takeaway is that if his sources are lying about it being staged, they are going to elaborate lengths to maintain this fiction.
Meanwhile, over at the Washington Post article, 'lastknownsurvivor,' the commenter who first named the location (which turned out to be correct) where the video was shot and who said it was staged, posted a comment (in this thread) which reads in part:
I am still waiting from a response from the writer Max Fisher. I sent him a message on facebook which has been seen and not responded to. I also sent him a message on twitter as a response to him saying I did not send him a message and he did not respond to that. I have made an effort to contact him and give him information. Why has he not responded to or tried to contact me?Earlier, King Baeksu pointed out to me that, while Max Fisher’s Twitter feed stated this – "The guy who claims to be an actor who staged the Korean harassment video is telling people he sent me the name of the director. He didn't." – in the comments to the WaPo article, "thelastknownsurvivor" said merely "I have also sent an email to Max Fisher offering him the directors name," which is rather different.
I had earlier stated that "it's all he said, she said at this point," but in a follow-up comment at the Marmot's Hole, John Power states:
In other disturbing news, it appears the government is now getting involved, at least according to New Media Rock Stars:
"I wish I could offer up that this was an isolated incident, but apparently the stigma of Western men coming in to Korea and being brutish is such that Korean public service announcements have been made to warn women about 'the Western mentality.'"This assertion was repeated here:
"New Media Rock Stars reports that South Korea has issued a public service announcement warning about 'the Western mentality' towards women."Sorry folks, that's just not true.
Or, on the other hand, I suppose from a certain point of view, it is. As noted here, Yonhap is a publicly funded news agency, KBS and MBC are public broadcasting companies, and YTN is a private company whose major stockholders are government-related agencies. And there have most certainly been articles by these outlets decrying western males (and perhaps even the 'western mentality') for years, such as KBS's lengthy news report titled "'Out of Control Foreign English Teacher' Teaches Class while High and Commits Sexual Molestation," or MBC reports like this one warning Korean women of the dangers of relationships with white males, or this one on the "endless" crimes of foreign teachers, or the YTN report titled "Scandalous behavior of foreigners on weekend nights in Hongdae... police just watch," which states that "the area around Hongik University, limelighted as a street of romance and youth, is becoming a lawless zone," or Yonhap's assertion that one city's reputation had been hurt by fat, lazy, argumentative foreign teachers or its assertion that hordes of unfit western teachers were running amok in Korean classrooms.
But, no, the Korean government has not literally been issuing "public service announcement[s] warning about 'the Western mentality' towards women" - it's left to public (and private) media outlets to imply such things.
Also, as commenter Ben has noted, John Power has tweeted, "More sources emerging in Korean nightclub abuse video story. Stay tuned."