The Democratic Party of Korea issued a ‘stern warning’ to former lawmaker Choi Kang-wook on the 21st. Former lawmaker Choi recently sparked controversy about degrading women by saying, “Females come out and make a fuss” about the Yoon Seok-yeol government at the Democratic Party lawmaker Min Hyeong-bae’s book concert.
On this day, the Democratic Party announced to the media that “Secretary-General Cho Jeong-sik defined former lawmaker Choi Kang-wook’s remarks as ‘very wrong remarks that will cause disappointment and great hurt to the people’ and gave former lawmaker Choi a stern warning.” Floor spokesperson Yoon Young-deok also told reporters after the party meeting that day, “I hope Democratic Party lawmakers and supporters will refrain from making controversial remarks.”
On the 19th, former lawmaker Choi criticized the Yoon Seok-yeol government by using the expression, “Even in (the novel) Animal Farm, it is rare for females to be installed.” This is what Rep. Min Hyeong-bae, who defected from the Democratic Party in order to push through the ‘complete prosecution (completely depriving the prosecution of investigative rights)’ bill, said at a book concert. Former lawmaker Choi compared the Yoon Seok-yeol government to the novel ‘Animal Farm’ written by British writer George Orwell to criticize the Soviet communist regime. At the same time, “(South Korea) has become not a republic but an ‘animal kingdom.’ Even in ‘Animal Farm’, it’s not uncommon for females to come out and set things up. “I am not saying this to disparage females, the installation is just calling females ‘females’.”
As this fact became known belatedly through media reports on the 20th, criticism was raised online about the Democratic Party’s ‘degrading youth’ banner and ‘degrading women’ remarks. Former lawmaker Choi has not sent a separate message, such as an explanation or apology, as of the morning of the 21st.
Last September, former lawmaker Choi was sentenced to eight months in prison and two years of probation at the appeals court on charges of issuing a false internship certificate to the son of former Justice Minister Cho Kuk and lost his seat as a member of the National Assembly. Rep. Choi entered the National Assembly in the 21st general election as a member of the ‘Open Democratic Party’, a proportional party made up of strong Democratic Party members, and became a member of the Democratic Party when the Open Democratic Party merged with the Democratic Party in 2022.