South Koreans eat chicken to celebrate ousting
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.