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Public Figures’ Double Standard: Generous to Oneself while Being Strict to Others
Lee Hong-kyoon  |  hongky98@cau.ac.kr
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The most frequent word used in the Cho Kuk political case is “Nae-ro-nam-bul.” This is a Korean abbreviation for indicating that others’ immoral love affair could be criticized as the act of cheating, whereas if the involved one is oneself; the love affair may be called romance. In other words, “Nae-ro-nam-bul” is a Korean slang pointing out those being generous to oneself while being strict to others. In the case of the former Minister of Justice Cho Kuk, his past SNS posts are provoking sharp criticism from the angered public sentiment. For instance, he had continuously criticized special purpose high schools like foreign language high schools. He stated that the mentioned high schools aggravate the gap between social classes. Ironically, his daughter enrolled into a foreign language high school. Cho Kuk is not the only public figure to have shown such a contradiction. Many public figures have shown the fallacy of keeping the dual standard. However, public figures should discard the “Nae-ro-nam-bul” attitude and instead develop an equitable attitude.

 
   
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          The trust relationship is important between the public officials and the public. This is so, especially for the elected positions such as the head of local governments or the members of the National Assembly. Indeed, the public officials represent the public. However, the Nae-ro-nam-bul attitude of the public figures provokes distrust from the public. Public figures who make these remarks have the trust of the people. However, when he or she does not practice what they preach, this is when the public deeply feels betrayed. It is common for political figures to keep the dual attitude. It’s easy to see that they are occupied with political power plays while not realizing their duty to improve the public’s life quality. This is why politicians in Korea are able to change his or her political parties so easily regardless of the fact that political parties violently criticize one another. In the case of the 19th presidential election, 13 national assembly members who were members of the Bareun Mirae Party left the party and declared their return to the Liberty Korea Party. The Bareun Mirae Party is a political party which was created by the politicians who decided to withdraw from the Liberty Korea Party to criticize the Liberty Korea Party in relation to the 2016 Choi Soon-sil’s State Affairs Manipulation. Despite how they once criticized the immorality of the Liberty Korea Party, the politicians returned to their original party as the Bareun Mirae Party showed low support rate in the upcoming presidential election.
 
   
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Like this, political figures have created distrust due to their double standards of being generous to themselves while being critical to others. It is time for these public figures to change either statements or actions to regain public trust. Also, instead of being ignorant of their past fallacies, the public figures need to acknowledge their ironic attitudes. They either have social or political influence over the public and, being aware of that, they should learn to take the responsibility and to promote an equitable attitude. 

 

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