It has been confirmed that former Democratic Party lawmaker Choi Kang-wook, who recently criticized the Yoon Seok-yeol government and sparked controversy for degrading women by making remarks to the effect that “females are provocative,” said to President Yoon Seok-yeol and First Lady Kim Kun-hee earlier this year, “We are only focused on protecting females.”
Former lawmaker Choi said this while holding a sit-in protest at the Rotender Hall of the National Assembly on February 21st to call for a special investigation into the suspicions of stock price manipulation by Deutsche Motors. This was before former lawmaker Choi lost his seat.
Former lawmaker Choi said at the time, “There is a saying that defines the current situation. “An elephant enters the museum,” by artist Si-min Yoo. “Because elephants do not know the meaning of ceramics, even if they have no intention of destroying them, they break ceramics just by moving them,” he said.
He continued, “There were comments from wise people here. “It’s a burden to have just one elephant, but they brought in a female as well,” he said. “What the elephants are doing now is only focused on protecting the female, no matter what happens to the ceramics.”
Nine months later, former lawmaker Choi’s ‘female’ remarks continued again. On the 19th, he attended a book concert for Democratic Party lawmaker Min Hyeong-bae’s book ‘The Politics of Secession’ held at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology and criticized the Yoon Seok-yeol government, saying, “Even in (the novel) Animal Farm, it is rare for females to be installed.” The audience burst into laughter at former Rep. Choi’s analogy.
Former lawmaker Choi then explained, “This is not a disparaging word for females, but installation is just calling females ‘females.’” Attending the site on this day were Gwangju Mayor Kang Ki-jeong and lawmakers Kang Min-jeong, Song Gap-seok, Yang Jeong-sook, and Yoon Young-deok, all members of the Democratic Party.
Not only the ruling party but also the Democratic Party expressed concern over the ‘installation is a female’ statement. On the 21st, Kim Ki-hyun, representative of the People Power Party, posted on Facebook, “Not only am I appalled by the endless lightness and vulgarity, but can the behavior of criticizing the Yoon Seok-yeol government by insulting women by calling them ‘females’ come from normal thinking?” did.
Democratic Party floor spokesperson Yoon Young-deok said about the controversy over the harsh remarks that day, “We hope that supporters who love and care for the Democratic Party, including lawmakers, will refrain from making various controversial remarks.”
Meanwhile, former lawmaker Choi is a member of the hard-line Democratic Party’s first-term group, ‘Like Association’. He lost his seat as a member of parliament last September when the Supreme Court upheld an eight-month prison sentence and two years of probation for issuing a false internship certificate to the son of former Justice Minister Cho Kuk.