South Kore­ans eat chicken to cel­e­brate oust­ing

New Straits Times - - World -

Many South Kore­ans ate chicken yes­ter­day to cel­e­brate the re­moval of Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye in a satir­i­cal nod to a deroga­tory nick­name for the for­mer leader.

The con­sti­tu­tional court forced Park from of­fice over an in­flu­ence-ped­dling in­volv­ing one of her close friends and the coun­try’s pow­er­ful “chae­bol” conglomerates. Even be­fore the scan­dal, Park’s op­po­nents called her “Chicken Geun-hye“, both a play on words — her fam­ily name rhymes with chicken in Korean — and a ref­er­ence to what they see as her lack of in­tel­lect and stilted public speak­ing.

“Chicken head” is an in­sult in Korea, mean­ing an id­iot.

A restau­rant in Jeonju said it would of­fer chicken burg­ers at half price yes­ter­day and to­day.

“We pre­pared twice as many chicken burg­ers and, wow, they’re al­most gone,” said Yu Ye­ungsang, owner of Ed­dis Kitchen.

In the cap­i­tal, a pho­to­graph of yes­ter­day’s menu at the na­tional assem­bly cafe­te­ria caused a stir on so­cial me­dia, with a noo­dle dish typ­i­cally eaten at cel­e­bra­tions for lunch and chicken for din­ner.

“Party noo­dles” was trend­ing on Korean Twit­ter for much of the day and, af­ter the ver­dict, some users up­loaded pho­tos of fried chicken. South Korea’s big­gest por­tals Naver and Daum posted rec­om­men­da­tions for chicken restau­rants.

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