Judge’s hair rollers go vi­ral

New Straits Times - - World -

When the judge who over­saw the ouster of South Korea’s pres­i­dent went to work yes­ter­day with two pink plas­tic hair rollers still at­tached to the back of her bobbed hair, the im­age, as is com­mon in this hy­per-con­nected so­ci­ety, went vi­ral.

Many South Kore­ans chose to see act­ing chief jus­tice Lee Jungmi’s rushed ar­rival at the con­sti­tu­tional court ahead of one of the most highly watched rul­ings in re­cent South Korean his­tory as a sym­bol of a hard­work­ing woman who is ded­i­cated to a de­mand­ing job.

The hair rollers, which the judge was ap­par­ently un­aware of as she en­tered her of­fice, topped the list of most searched keywords on South Korea’s most-vis­ited web por­tal at one point.

The mo­ment was a point of re­flec­tion for work­ing women in the Asian coun­try. It is com­mon here for com­edy shows and pop cul­ture to make harsh jokes about women’s ap­pear­ances and mock their weight.

There ap­peared to be lit­tle of that yes­ter­day, although some of im­peached pres­i­dent Park Ge­un­hye’s ar­dent sup­port­ers shared Lee’s ad­dress on­line and the hair sa­lon she has fre­quented.

Many saw the episode as a sign of Lee’s ded­i­ca­tion to her work. She was pho­tographed ar­riv­ing three hours be­fore the sched­uled read­ing of the ver­dict.

Some women also found it hum­bling that one of the high­est judges in the coun­try does her own hair in­stead of hir­ing a stylist even on such an im­por­tant day.

“Any woman who does her hair on her own has an ex­pe­ri­ence like that at least once,” a tweet said.

Lee, 54, is the sole fe­male among eight judges on the con­sti­tu­tional court. She read the ver­dict that unan­i­mously re­moved Park from of­fice. Her sixyear term ends on Mon­day.

Act­ing chief jus­tice Lee Jung-mi

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