SEOUL—The South Korean government plans to ban young stars from wearing overly-revealing outfits on television and performing on late-night programmes, an official said Wednesday.
The Gender Equality Ministry has proposed a new law aimed at ensuring the “basic rights of young entertainers,” amid criticism that teenage girl stars are forced by their agents to stage over-sexual performances.
The proposal, due to take effect in late 2011, will require TV stations to make rules on the outfits teenage entertainers are allowed to wear on air, Lee Jung-Hyun, a ministry official in charge of the law, told AFP Wednesday.
“Some stations talk about rules on how long the skirt should be, like certain centimetres above the knee,” she said.
The rule would apply to performers aged under 18, and violating it would see broadcasters banned from airing the programme before 10:00 pm, Lee said, when many of their fans go to bed.
“I know it’s not easy to define ‘too sexual’ clothes. But we felt there is a need to address the issue to prevent agencies from sexually exploiting teenage stars,” she said.
The rule, also designed to “protect physical and mental health” of the young entertainers, seeks to ban them from performing on television shows aired after 10:00 pm –whether live or pre-filmed.
South Korea’s parliament recently held inquiries on claims teenage stars, some as young as 13 or 14, are forced to wear revealing clothes and sing songs with suggestive moves and lyrics.
Several top teenage stars have also filed lawsuits against their agents, citing excruciating work schedules and lack of time off.
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