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The Metropolitician loses it

April 20th, 2006 . by Matt

In a kind of redux of Michael from Scribblings of the Metropolitician calling Occidentalism ‘racist’, Michael the Metropolitician has struck at Occidentalism again, associating me and this site with everything from slavery, nazism, pedophilia, the KKK, and even going as far as to suggest that I was one of the men that wrote lewd comments on his blog about how “good and tight” Asian womens sexual organs are (See what I actually wrote – no mention of Asian women at all).

The Metropolitician has really lost it on this one, insulting “white bloggers”, and denouncing “American cultural hegemony” as “white privilege” and being “one of the causes of frustration amongst Korean youth”, among many other things.

Apparently Michael the Metropolitician also believes that his post contains valid criticisms of Occidentalism. I trust the readers of Occidentalism and will not insult their intelligence, so I invite every reader here to read what he has written. It is long and much too wordy, but reading it can give insight into an unusual social pathology.

Read the angry tirade here, and feel free to comment here or on his blog.


43 Responses to “The Metropolitician loses it”

  1. comment number 1 by: macdonaldduck

    A few quick comments in response to Metropoliticians’s inane ramblings are all that they really deserve.

    First, a quote:

    “I know I’m not going to get a fair shake when the police come, even if I am attacked, because the foreigner is always in the wrong when it comes to the po-po [sic–whatever!] in Korea. I don’t feel that the structure of Korea was made for me, I don’t feel ‘safe’ as a member of society here, no matter how much in taxes I pay or how much good work I do. To some drunk ajussi with an ax to grind on the subway, I’m a ‘dirty Yankee.’ When the police come if there’s a scuffle, I know who’s going to be held responsible from the first – me, the foreigner.”

    Funny how when taken out out of context a passage like this can sound . . . err . . . “anti-Korean.” I mean, come on! “The foreigner is always wrong . . . in Korea”? And, oh dear Lord, the “drunken ajussi” trope! Oh my!

    Suggested counterattack in kind: How dare you attack Korea in this blatantly stereotyping and demeaning way–you racist, imperialist swine! (Two can tango.)

    Another noteworthy quote:

    “And then there is the additional draw that everyone knows about but few like to put into words – the incredible sexual license that comes with being male, western, and white in a place like Korea.”

    Apart from noting that this bozo can’t tell a hyphen from a dash,
    words fail me at this point. Any white, western male who’s spent any amount of time in Korea simply MUST know that . . . well . . . how to put this? Sex on the first date? Or even the second or third? In Korea? It may happen–if you’re with a hooker that is. Or with a really exceptional woman. But Korea as a sexual playground for white men? Who’s kidding who?

    I could go on and on here, but what would be the point?

    Metropolitician simply reminds me a hundred times over of why I dropped out of grad school: too many morosophs whining endlessly on in an all-too predictably cliched and essentially thoughtless way.

    Occidentalism, in contrast, shows evidence of original thought. It chooses its words, and its battles, carefully. It’s flying so high that it’s clear off the radar of a narrow-visioned twerp like the “Metropolitician.” And being narrow-viewed, he doesn’t know how to react except with a comically *reactionary* rant.

    I hope that the authors of Occidentalism feel honored.

    macdonaldduck

  2. comment number 2 by: Mika

    He sounds like a paranoid person…

  3. comment number 3 by: dogbert

    Certain people complain, on the one hand, that whites are always the given center of attention unjustly, then on the other validate that by ceaselessly focusing on and attacking whites.

  4. comment number 4 by: dogbert

    By the way, did “The Metropolitician” really call a Jewish fellow a Nazi? That is really beyond the pale, if true.

  5. comment number 5 by: Errol

    Shoot the messenger. This is a classic. The only reason Matt is able to publish such things on his blog is because he isn’t an expat. If he lived in Korea he would be forced to be more temperate in his views to avoid a visit from the 국정원. You think they don’t exist anymore?

    Mr Metropolotician, no-one (including Matt or yourself) has a monopoly on the truth in Korea and on racist politics in general.

    Mr Metroplotician there are many sides to the story of Korea and to white on black, black on white, white on yellow and yellow on white variations to these themes. Racism in any form is reprehensible.

    I strongly disagree with some of Matt’s opinions on Islam. But these are his honest opinions given his lack of interaction with Islamic people who vary just as much as Christians and people of other faiths. But if he is prevented from expressing such views publicly how can a dialogue be formed to improve understanding between people of different races and religions?

    What was today’s top news in the USA? Hu Jin-tao being interrupted by a lady whose interjection was blacked out (pun not intended) in the Chinese media by the Chinese authorities. If that’s the sort of world you want then continue your rants in cyberspace.

    The majority of Koreans are getting on with their lives trying to create a more democratic society. Autocratic behaviour, such as your inflammatory attack on Matt’s site, is something that a generation of modern Koreans is trying to eliminate.

  6. comment number 6 by: Errol

    In 1934 Atatürk wrote this:

    Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives. You are now living in the soil of a friendly country therefore rest in peace.

    There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours.

    You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.

    This inscription appears on the Kemal Atatürk Memorial, ANZAC Parade, Canberra.

    Lest we forget.

  7. comment number 7 by: Matt

    Errol, I did not know about that inscription. It is very moving. No wonder Ataturk is a hero to the Turkish people.

  8. comment number 8 by: ponta

    The best way to defend this site and attack that article is to let more people read this site.
    Keep it up,Matt!!

  9. comment number 9 by: KapSin

    Matt,

    As a Korean-American who has battled genuine racism in America, I don’t find your Blog racist. Sure, you are often one-sided in your pro-Japanese or anti-Korean conclusions, but there is no law that says a Blogger cannot also be a vigorous advocate. In this respect, I do not find you that much different from the Blogger who runs “Plunge Pontificates,” who is as vigorous in articulating his pro-Korean or anti-Japanese conclusions. In fact, if “Occidentalism” didn’t exist, we’d have to invent it. There is no other Blog that I know of that provokes Koreans to undertake an honest self-scrutiny.

    In contrast, I cannot say anything good about Mr. Hurt’s Blog. He is the laughingstock of the Korean ex-pat Blogging community. His long-winded, ponderous, self-important, and faux-intellectual rants are the stuff of comedy. Mr. Hurt likes to pretend that he is a “scholar” by dressing his indigestible prose in an academic garb, by sprinkling some obscure and lunatic leftist thinkers here and there, but his charade is transparent. His ignorance regarding Korean society or history is even more conspicuous. Among the most amusing is his conflation of Nazi rhetoric with a precocious Korean nationalist rhetoric ripped out of its context. Sure, Koreans can be xenophobic and racist, but enthusiastic supporters of pogroms they are not.

    In fact, the most ironic among Mr. Hurt’s complaints are his accusations of racism, given that he seems to be the most enthusiastic practitioner of (mis-) categorizing Koreans with a broad, “racial” brush.

    Yet Mr. Hurt has clearly outdone himself this time. He has revealed himself as not only a moron and a hypocrite but a compulsive liar as well. In a recent Blog entry, Mr. Hurt claimed that he knew a certain Korean Blogger well when they were freshmen in college at Brown, and that the said Blogger was an admirer of Hitler. When called upon it by the said Blogger, however, Mr. Hurt squirms, weasels, but cannot corroborate his claim. It is difficult not to see this as a transparent libel.

    This is ugly stuff. Let no one take this babbling, lying idiot seriously again.

  10. comment number 10 by: dogbert

    It seems that when accusations of racism don’t stick, he must resort to the more serious allegation of being a Nazi.

  11. comment number 11 by: randomcow

    Yeah, he’s way out of line.

    The thing that did it for me was the suspicious post which suddenly and recently appeared on an old thread on his site by an unknown poster “Not Today.” Matt replied satisfactorily, but then the Metropolitician (cute handle, btw) used this post as the keystones to one of his arguments against Matt’s blog.

    So we have a previously-unknown author posting a long-winded, quasi-academic rant on a dead thread, which is then used as conclusive evidence something against Matt (I kinda lost the point of the rant about 10 minutes / two snoozes through)….

    *sniff* *sniff*

    I SMELL BULLSHIT!!!

    My conclusion: Not Today is The Metropolitician.

    RC

  12. comment number 12 by: Katz

    It is not something related to this topic, but Matt, someone can’t expect an entire nation change according to his interests unless he wants all the rage down to his head. You should know very well about it. Why intervene in something which he/she doesn’t have anything to do about? Go solve your problem first then see if it is right to btch about a country not his own.

    This site should be ignored as it should be.

  13. comment number 13 by: Katz

    The right thing should be respect others’ will.

    One thing I’m certain about is “Why don’t you f* yourself?”.

  14. comment number 14 by: polysics

    Another noteworthy quote:

    “And then there is the additional draw that everyone knows about but few like to put into words – the incredible sexual license that comes with being male, western, and white in a place like Korea.”

    Apart from noting that this bozo can’t tell a hyphen from a dash,
    words fail me at this point. Any white, western male who’s spent any amount of time in Korea simply MUST know that . . . well . . . how to put this? Sex on the first date? Or even the second or third? In Korea? It may happen–if you’re with a hooker that is. Or with a really exceptional woman. But Korea as a sexual playground for white men? Who’s kidding who?

    I could have sworn matt posted something about hooking up w/ and fucking some random korean girl (who had a bf) @ a nightclub). but then again, there are sluts in any country you goto. except canada.. cause the women here are mostly pure virgins….. and they’re all hot.

  15. comment number 15 by: KapSin

    RC,

    I suspect you are right. “Not Today” is most likely an invention of Mr. Hurt’s over-active imagination.

  16. comment number 16 by: KapSin

    I think I was being charitable when I said this guy was long-winded. Someone do the world a favor and get this guy a copy of Strunk & White:

    “I stand by my posts (1, 2) that a) did not call Koreans “Nazis” but b) mere pointed out interesting points at which there seems to be uncomfortable overlap between Nazi ideology and aspects of modern Korean nationalist ideology, with the possibility of 2 major points of direct contact, one being the active study of said ideology by a major contributor to the construction of the Korean nation itself (which I in the original article, I acknowledged was through a secondary source and would be interesting for someone to look further into), and the other being the more diffuse route of nihonjinron (a form of Japanese ethnic nationalism/ideology) that most definitely has myriad links to what some newer scholars are calling hangukinron, what you could call Korea’s own form of ethnic nationalism.”

  17. comment number 17 by: Errol

    Katz Says:
    April 21st, 2006 at 9:36 am

    Why intervene in something which he/she doesn’t have anything to do about?

    Matt is an altruist. He is providing a forum for people all over the world, and especially Korea and Japan, to exchange opinions in a civilised manner on mutual issues of concern. e.g. Dokdo-Takeshima, Kenkanryu-Hyomilryu, freedom of speech-dictatorship …

    Matt is an optimist. He believes that his attitude will be emulated by Koreans, Japanese, Australians, Canadians, Americans and for anyone else who has a desire to bring peace and other mutual benefits to the Korean Peninsula.

    He’s doing such a sterling job as a facilitator between Koreans, Japanese and Americans who desire peace, that I will ring Lee Jong-seok on Monday and recommend him as a facilitator for the six-party talks.

    What are you doing for peace on the Korean Peninsula Mr Katz? Or are you a warmongering, troublemaking, gun fetishising vulture who wishes to profit from war?

  18. comment number 18 by: tomato

    Stop using the f-word and other slandering words- it just shows how insecure and rude you are.

  19. comment number 19 by: stumpjumper

    Sorry to jump in like this, but there is a war
    going on here:


    You should check them out.

  20. comment number 20 by: stumpjumper

    oh, link did not show up rihgt…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rhxJQNuBTE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gX-JbBYkiZ8

    these two…

  21. comment number 21 by: Matt

    oh, link did not show up rihgt…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rhxJQNuBTE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gX-JbBYkiZ8

    these two…

    Oh, that is so horrible. I cant believe they could say that to the Japanese ambassador!

  22. comment number 22 by: ponta

    oh, link did not show up rihgt…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rhxJQNuBTE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gX-JbBYkiZ8

    these two…

    That made me sick!!!
    What is the program for?
    Why do they shoot the Japanese ambasadar?
    Isn’t it supposed to show how stupid and ingonrant,disgusting,mad, that Korean guy is?

  23. comment number 23 by: KapSin

    That program was revolting and embarrassing to me as a Korean when I first saw it a few days ago. It really deserves a separate Blog entry unto itself.

  24. comment number 24 by: polysics

    just to show how disgusted the japanese ambasador is…

    btw, matt how much k-pussy did you get in seoul? I was trying to find a link to your conquest blog where you bragged about getting some easy korean ass, but I can find it. can you put those links back up please? 고마워삼~~.

  25. comment number 25 by: nou

    The only reason Matt is able to publish such things on his blog is because he isn’t an expat. If he lived in Korea he would be forced to be more temperate in his views to avoid a visit from the 국정원. You think they don’t exist anymore?

    you are mistaken. KNSA acts on when someone chants for Kim Il-sung or Kim Jung-il. Matt didn’t do it obviously. Criticizing Korea is exempt from their censorship.

  26. comment number 26 by: Katz

    BTW, polysics, you are not Korean, aren’t you? Why you are you talking as if you were one?

    Or are you some ignorant Korean born abroad who wants to dispute with who is really a Korean?

  27. comment number 27 by: KapSin

    Nou, the South Korean authorities do censor pro-Japanese websites.

  28. comment number 28 by: terry66

    Those links where seriously disturbing! How could any korean think that it would be wise to make a sick joke about hiroshima in front of the japanese ammbassador? I think its time we all stop to think about how korea demands respect for its diplomats but then can treat other dipolmats as if they are dirt! Its also indicative of the korean drinking culture in that every event is always associated with alcohol.

  29. comment number 29 by: polysics

    Oh my dear Katz, why would I dispute with a fellow korean? or should I say how? what does asking Matt to repost that blog link have anything to do with koreans?

    it was in response to the this post:

    Any white, western male who’s spent any amount of time in Korea simply MUST know that . . . well . . . how to put this? Sex on the first date? Or even the second or third? In Korea? It may happen–if you’re with a hooker that is. Or with a really exceptional woman. But Korea as a sexual playground for white men? Who’s kidding who?

    by macdonaldduck.

    here’s an idea, keep your ego/pride in check, and try reading all the comments in this post befor reponding to what I write. I know It may shock you that a korean might not share the SHEEPsekki mentality. but guess what, I love my homeland, but I hate mindless korean zombies like you. don’t take it personaly, just the way it is.

  30. comment number 30 by: polysics

    and yea, I think this site has very racist undertones as well, its obvious that matts got issues with not will koreans as individuals, but with the society as a whole. and he loves the fact that this site pisses koreans off, makes him feel a lil better about the shit he went through in korean, or in australia from koreans. but whatever, ya do what ya gotta do to feel better about yourself. some people are racist, some make fun of the mentaly disabled, some people beat people up, others make websites to sh*t on a whole nation.

  31. comment number 31 by: Katz

    To polysics:

    Why are calling me a zombie? What did you see me that you call me a zombie? Once you called me a brainwashed by conservative parents. You know what, I don’t even trust in my parents. But I’m talking about how these foreigners mfs respect a country not their own. Doing what they wish, even more in a country not their own. Just because they are not such, they are full of bringing others down with themselves. They don’t understand or respect others’ mentalities and feelings. They don’t even seek to understand, except to bark if they don’t get what they want.

  32. comment number 32 by: polysics

    Why are calling me a zombie? What did you see me that you call me a zombie?

    suddenly I’m not korean according to you because I agree with some aspects of korean life/society? and because of the whole “he dissagree’s with us, lets attack him” mentality you seem to have. I refer to you as having a SHEEPsekki mind. sheep = zombie… get it??

    oing what they wish, even more in a country not their own. Just because they are not such, they are full of bringing others down with themselves. They don’t understand or respect others’ mentalities and feelings. They don’t even seek to understand, except to bark if they don’t get what they want.

    kinda sounds like the korean comminity over there. cept, we dont really back, we just brood and talk shit about non koreans behind their back. and stick to our own.

  33. comment number 33 by: nou

    Nou, the South Korean authorities do censor pro-Japanese websites.

    The crackdown on so called pro-japanese websites which called re-annexation of Korea to Japan were internet cafes in major Korean portal sites such as Daum. The decision was made by Ministry of Information and Communication. The cafes were designated as harmful material for the education of adolescents.

    I feel sorry for the decision and the fact that no one went to Constitutional court for this. But i don’t think a site like this has any possibility of being shut down or blocked. (I connect from South Korea now.)

  34. comment number 34 by: Katz

    The crackdown on so called pro-japanese websites which called re-annexation of Korea to Japan were internet cafes in major Korean portal sites such as Daum. The decision was made by Ministry of Information and Communication. The cafes were designated as harmful material for the education of adolescents.

    I think pro-japan is one thing and love japan is another thing. And I think pro-Japan mentality is not a good thing.

  35. comment number 35 by: polysics

    true

  36. comment number 36 by: Redskins84

    and yea, I think this site has very racist undertones as well, its obvious that matts got issues with not will koreans as individuals, but with the society as a whole. and he loves the fact that this site pisses koreans off, makes him feel a lil better about the shit he went through in korean, or in australia from koreans. but whatever, ya do what ya gotta do to feel better about yourself. some people are racist, some make fun of the mentaly disabled, some people beat people up, others make websites to sh*t on a whole nation.

    dude. I agree with you. !!!! I was saying that whole time.

  37. comment number 37 by: Redskins84

    and when Matt sees the comments from angry koreans, His mission is success.

  38. comment number 38 by: Redskins84

    but comments from mine, kekeke I made him angry instead of him pissing me off, who is korean. WHen I posted the korean article criticizing their racism, Matt seemed really threatened. “No. This can’t be right. Koreans are fucking Nazis!!!” His mouth never closes when he talks about the racism in korea and racist koreans. But toward the things that are opposite, I have to be like “Where the heck is matt’s comments?” muahahahahaha

  39. comment number 39 by: Redskins84

    Fuckers like Wiesunja, Chonko, DOgbert, Takeshima, Bananaboi. IF any of you are stil in Korea, please get the fuck out of my country. If you are not there, GOOD!!!

  40. comment number 40 by: Redskins84

    “I think pro-japan is one thing and love japan is another thing. And I think pro-Japan mentality is not a good thing.”

    I guess mine is love japan then. Generally, Japan is interesting place to visit. I have lot of interest in Ayumi Hamazaki(she’s cute) and Siam Shade and They have very good songs. Tokyo would be good place to visit.

    One of my boss in my work who’s white told me that, there’s difference between black people and N#####s and he said he hate N######s who harmed him. I guess he was robbed. But he has his black friends and I do too. To me there’s difference between Japs and Japanese people. And Dirty Aussies and Australians. I have nothing against Australian and Japanese people. My friends for Example. But I hate japs and dirty aussies(like Matt). Muahahahahaha. But to all the dickweeds here, there’s no difference between G****s and Koreans. Racist? SO ARE YOU!!!!!!

  41. comment number 41 by: Matt

    But I hate japs and dirty aussies(like Matt). Muahahahahaha.

    Thats enough, Redskins84. I told you to tone it down before. Now you are banned.


  42. […] The metropolitician has just launched his third Jihad against Occidentalism. For a background, see the first and the second Metropolitician Jihad. […]

  43. comment number 43 by: JK

    Actually Matt, I read over the blog in question, and I think Metropolitan hit the nail on the head about your blog being primarily a Korea-bashing site that goes out of its way to present Koreans in the worst light possible and justify Japanese colonization of Korea as a good thing. Pretty pathetic, Matt.