The Glory’ craze and Choo Shin-soo’s ‘missing words’
The Netflix series ‘The Glory’ is a hot topic every day. On a winter day when the World Cup was over and there was no baseball, I also rode ‘The Glory’ with a serious attitude. The main character Moon Dong-eun (Song Hye-kyo) is subjected to unspeakable school violence by a group of perpetrators including Park Yeon-jin (Lim Ji-yeon), such as a scene in which her bare skin is burned with a so-called ‘iron iron’, an electric appliance used to trim her hair. A similar incident is said to have occurred in 2006. If you look at the news reported at the time, you can see that the representation in the drama is by no means an exaggeration. The reason why ‘The Glory’ became such a success must have been the aftermath of the school violence that had a devastating influence on our lives from then until now, no, with a deeper origin. It’s because it’s approaching as a fact, not a fiction. Some were perpetrators, some were victims, and most were bystanders.It is not long ago that school violence was accepted as a serious social problem. Many incidents were dismissed as mere pranks or fights. In the era of authoritarianism, violence by teachers was committed, and in recent years, violence by superiority of power has been rampant in schools, and recently cyber violence is adding to the seriousness. Unrestrained and unpunished violence brings insensitivity to perpetrators and ruthlessness to victims. Just as Yeonjin and his party don’t immediately recognize Dongeun, who has returned to the gym, they quickly forget. To them, the victim was only beaten because he deserved it. So the victim tries to find the fault in himself. blame me Because no one stopped them. Because none of them were punished. Because they were not punished, they did not reflect, and because they did not reflect, they cannot be forgiven. In the drama, Dong-eun also has no intention of forgiving Yeon-jin easily.Choo Shin-soo’s remarks on a Korean radio in the United States hit Stove League out of nowhere. he said. “Forgiveness is not easy in Korean society.” It was an expression of regret that Kiwoom pitcher Ahn Woo-jin, who was disciplined by the Korea Baseball Softball Association and the club itself after the fact of abuse was revealed, was eliminated from the 2023 WBC national team. The reason for the disappointment was the slow generational change in international competitions. In addition, as if the case of Ahn Woo-jin is a case of great unfairness in the entire baseball field, seniors who are reluctant to intervene in the situation are not all seniors because they were born early. These remarks that do not match the weight of a star who has returned from mastering the major leagues were spread through the media in an instant and received a lot of criticism from the fan community and various articles. In other words, his remarks took the place of the space that should be filled with prospects and hopes for the next season.
Ahn Woo-jin is continuing his career as a professional baseball player with a high salary. Since the association’s punishment is limited to the Olympics or Asian Games, if you just shake off the regret (?) of military service (which is a strict obligation), it is as if you have already received practical forgiveness as a baseball player. Second, even if Ahn Woo-jin is excluded, at least a lot of promising pitchers were selected. In this tournament, pitchers in their early and mid-20s, such as So-Jun Sohn (KT), Eui-Ri Lee (KIA), Yoon-Sik Kim (LG), and Bin Kwak (Doosan), are expected to perform. As a junior, it is understandable to feel sorry for An Woo-jin, but An Woo-jin is not the only junior in the baseball world. Considering the position of other juniors who are building their bodies earlier than usual after being selected for the national team, he cannot say anything that he started playing baseball early. And most of all, the victims of school violence (even if they didn’t become professional baseball players) aren’t baseball juniors. Will he be able to become a baseball junior only if he has enough skills to go to the major leagues in the future? Even though the people who really needed help from seniors must have been unknown people who had to give up sports midway due to school violence.
Park Chan-ho, who left a bigger footprint than Choo Shin-soo in the major leagues, said this to Ahn Woo-jin about this incident. “The era does not want An Woo-jin.” As he said, times have changed and are changing. As is the case with many areas of our society, it is a change that has come late compared to quantitative development. Even just 10 years ago, some level of violence and foolishness were tolerated in the sports club, but now it is an era where violence from the past, which is more than 10 years old, can be summoned and become a flaw. Gone are the days when famous athletes could freely tell stories of being hit or slapped in school days in interviews and talk shows. But the culture of violence is so ingrained that until recently it certainly happened. Pitcher Kim Yu-seong, who was nominated as a pro after graduating from high school but withdrew the nomination due to controversy over school violence, challenged again in the draft and was nominated by Doosan. Although negative public opinion is high among fans, it is unchangeable that he became a professional baseball player, and depending on his performance later, he may become a highly paid star. Even if he is not forgiven, if his skills are good, it is a situation that is not as good as being forgiven.
If you do something wrong, you will be punished accordingly. Pay a settlement or a fine to society. Depending on the seriousness of the crime, you may be sentenced to imprisonment. In baseball, you can get a stern warning, or you can also pay a fine or be suspended. A person who has been punished should not be banned from all subsequent activities or denied return to society, and the same is true of professional baseball. However, I can’t understand the attitude of ignoring the public opinion of the fans now that school violence has become a wound for each person and left as a trauma for the community. Moreover, in the national team, the fan spirit plays the role of the owner. Without the support of the fans, a plausible national team would be nothing but a facade. The sincerity of those who seek forgiveness is evidenced by the continuity of reflection. (This is not a problem that can be repaid with baseball!) You must show an attitude of contemplating and reflecting on the issue until there is forgiveness from the fans as well as forgiveness from the victim. It will be a long and difficult process that cannot be solved by reducing the scale of the offense or suing the opponent for defamation.
If baseball seniors and the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) want to help their juniors, we propose a league-wide campaign to ban school violence. Baseball is a content that is exposed every day and consumed by relatively many generations. If you put the phrase “oppose school violence” on a small part of stadium billboards and billboards, you will be able to exert a good enough influence. In line with the opening of the season, it will be possible to receive a message to eradicate school violence from the representative star of each club and use it wherever baseball content is played. If young stars like Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom) or Kang Baek-ho안전놀이터 (KT) repeat the story that violence is absolutely not allowed under any circumstances, it will be a different weight of advice to many student athletes who play school sports as well as baseball. This campaign is a real help to unfortunate juniors who have skills but made mistakes in the past. A clear sign that both the KBO and the baseball world are now against violence can be a real comfort to so many victims.
Waiting for the second part of ‘The Glory’. People seem to be expecting a so-called cider ending. Judging from the published trailer and the writer’s words, there is a feeling of anticipation that this might be the case. One cider is only possible in dramas. In reality, revenge is harder than forgiveness. Private revenge is punished more severely than the original offense. So we should help forgive, not revenge. We should help forgive, not help be forgiven. Forgiveness takes courage. I need help to be brave. You need to give them assurance that it is not your fault and that it is the perpetrator’s fault. He is not a senior just because he started baseball early. To be a senior is to help a junior who is supposed to help. Now, who will be the senior? When ‘The Glory’ ends, the baseball season begins. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of good seniors more than dramas.