Fitness Mom Under Heat AGAIN, Suspended From Facebook for ‘Hate Speech’

I’m sure you all remember the fitness mom, Maria Kang, who faced a lot of heat for putting up a photo of her impressively fit body alongside her three children. Of course this wasn’t the problem. The controversy was about the caption that came along with the picture: “What’s your excuse?”

The 32-year-old, half Malaysian Chinese and Filipina mother of three was bombarded with negative reactions saying that she was bullying others. These people felt that the comment made it seem like others were making excuses for weight gain. They argued that there are various reasons for weight gain and by not being sensitive to those issues, Kang was being obnoxious and pretentious.

Her photo caught so much attention that she soon found as many, if not more, supporters. A countless number of people flocked to her aid and commented that her hard work was inspiring.

Now, Kang is back in the hotseat, but for an entirely different reason. Kang stumbled upon an online article which featured plus sized women posing in lingerie. Kang then felt the need to publicize her thoughts on facebook and wrote the following:

The popular and unrelenting support received to those who are borderline obese (not just 30-40lbs overweight) frustrates me as a fitness advocate who intimately understands how poor health negatively effects a family, a community and a nation. While I think it’s important to love and accept your body, I was a little peeved because I think that we’re normalizing obesity in our society.

 

Facebook removed the post and shut down Kang’s account claiming the post was a “hate speech.”

After News10 reached out to Facebook, they claimed that the suspension was a mistake and reactivated Kang’s account. However, they did not restore Kang’s post. As a result, Kang has voiced that her freedom of speech was taken away.

Yet again, Kang finds herself with a number of haters and supporters. Those who agree with her claim that people should be allowed to post their opinion on facebook and by taking down her post, they have taken away her freedom of speech. Others who supported Kang in the past do not agree with her actions this time around.

“I feel like that’s bullying other people,”says Jayana Hinkle. “She can celebrate her success story, but when other people are trying to accept themselves, she just totally shoots that down. I don’t think that’s fair.”

Facebook pointed out that Kang is welcome to repost her comment, but Kang argues that Facebook should repost the comment, not her. Kang remains strong on her opinion.

“It’s never my intention to say someone should look a certain way.” Kang said. “But I am not going to stand here and say being obesity is okay and we should accept that as the norm.”

 


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Korean Twin Sisters Unrecognizable After Plastic Surgery

It’s no secret. In Asia, plastic surgery is becoming more and more common. In fact, double eyelid surgery is so typical that many girls have been known to receive the procedure as a graduation gift.

Aside from these minor procedures, just how far has surgery entered Asian culture? According to some, surgery has become a very serious ordeal. Photographer Ji Yeo tried to call attention to the amount of plastic surgery occurring in South Korea, by showing the physical cost women endure in “Korea’s beauty-obsessed culture.”

Additionally, more women seem to be willing to go to extreme measures to live up to the high expectation of Asian beauty. As a result, some have faced the horrifying repercussions of a surgery gone wrong.

Regardless of all this, many remain undaunted by the possible negative side effects. Plastic surgery remains more popular than ever. There’s Miss Korea who completed in the Miss Universe Pageant 2013. Kim Yumi had absolutely no problem admitting her multiple procedures. Then there’s the woman who was so obsessed with Miranda Kerr‘s looks that she decided to go under the knife in an effort to look like the Australian Victoria’s Secret model.

Now, apparently, there’s a Korean television show called “Let’s Beauty.” Asiantown.net claims that the purpose of this show is to “help those with special circumstances or people who are too ugly to feel confident in their life.” The participant facing “special circumstances” will have their plastic surgery sponsored by the television program and audiences follow along during the transformation.

A pair of twin sisters caught much attention after participating in the show. After their surgery, both twins look completely unrecognizable from their original self. Check it out for yourself:

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So tell us. Is this television show going too far or is it simply an entertaining topic? Watch an episode for below.

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Get This Celeb Look: Jenna Ushkowitz at The American Music Awards

Korean American actress Jenna Ushkowitz is best known for her role as Tina Cohen-Chang on the hit teen musical comedy-drama television series, Glee. Aside from her on-screen romance with heart-throb Mike Chang (played by Henry Shum Jr.), her character is known for being introduced as a shy and insecure girl with a fake stutter.

Clearly, this is far from actress Jenna Ushkowitz who shines on any red carpet. Celebrity Hairstylist Helen Jeffers gives us the secret to Ushkowitz’s amazing hair during The American Music Awards. Follow along to get this Celeb Look.

 

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1. I began by blow drying Jenna’s hair.  I sectioned off the hair into three. The first section beginning at the bangs and ending at the base of the neck. The two other sections on each side from crown to below the ears. Each section was about half an inch deep and was sprayed with a generous application of Bumble and Bumble Tonic Lotion and Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray from root to tip. I used the high heat setting on the hairdryer and a medium sized boar bristle round brush, paying particular attention to the roots to give them volume.

 

2. After blowdrying each section, I set and pinned it, till the entire head was done.

3. I removed the pins section by section, spraying each one with White Sands Liquid Texture Firm Hold Thermal Styling Spray and wrapping it from tip to root in a large barrel heated iron. This seals in the set and give texture and long lasting hold.

4. I loosened up the curls, running my fingers from root to tip and styled them around Jenna’s shoulders. I finished off the style with a generous application of White Sands Stuck Up Mega Hold Hairspray. This flake free product, repels moisture and gives the curls luster and shine.

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World’s 15 Most Followed Asian Male Celebrities on Twitter

In our Fall 2013 issue, we published a list of the World’s 15 Most Followed Asian Female Celebrities on Twitter. Now, we bring you the World’s 15 Most Followed Asian Male Celebrities on Twitter.
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1. Filipino-Puerto Rican American singer Bruno Mars
(@BrunoMars) 17,273,611 FOLLOWERS

 

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2. Pakistani British singer Zayn Malik
(@zaynmalik) 11,112,943 FOLLOWERS

 

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3. Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan
(@SrBachchan) 7,245,204 FOLLOWERS

 

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4. Indonesian comedian Raditya Dika
(@radityadika) 6,100,709 FOLLOWERS

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5. Indian actor Shahrukh Khan
(@iamsrk) 5,885,231 FOLLOWERS

 

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6. Samoan American entertainer Dwayne Johnson
(@TheRock) 5,899,783 FOLLOWERS

 

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7. Indian actor Salman Khan
(@BeingSalmanKhan) 5,561,015 FOLLOWERS

 

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8. Indonesian singer Afgan Syahreza
(@afgansyah_reza) 5,473,243 FOLLOWERS


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9. Indonesian singer Vidi Aldiano
(@vidialdiano) 5,438,481 FOLLOWERS

 

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10. Indian actor Aamir Khan
(@aamir_khan) 4,969,511 FOLLOWERS

 

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11.  Indian actor Hrithik Roshan
(@iHrithik) 4,578,189 FOLLOWERS

 

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12. Indonesian entertainer Olga Syahputra
(@dahsyatnyaolga) 3,984,078 FOLLOWERS

 

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13. Indian entertainer Akshay Kumar
(@akshaykumar) 3,887,178 FOLLOWERS

 

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14. South Korean entertainer Choi Siwon
(@siwon407) 3,839,988 FOLLOWERS

 

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15. South Korean entertainer Psy
(@psy_oppa) 3,479,872 FOLLOWERS

 

Image of The Day: World of Warcraft Themed Wedding

It’s no surprise that we enjoy weddings. More specifically, we love pictures and videos of weddings, engagements and proposals.

We’ve seen paint war engagement photos, a girl breaking gender roles by proposing to her boyfriend, one of the most elaborate marriage proposals and one of the most uncomfortable marriage proposals.

Clearly, there seems to be no set way to do weddings anymore. In fact we’ve seen more and more weddings stray from the traditional look as the years have gone by. A perfect example of a wedding that “strays away from the usual” is Craig and Zoe’s special day.

Wedding themes are certainly one way to make sure your wedding is special, unique and remembered. Thats probably exactly what Craig and Zoe were aiming for. It’s not everyday that we see a World of Warcraft (WoW) inspired wedding.

The multiplayer, online, roleplaying game has over seven million subscribers as is known for its addicting nature and intense fans. Needless to say, we were bound to run into two people so dedicated to the game that they would base their wedding on it.

The two certainly committed to their unique theme. Craig wore a very large suit of armor and Zoe had an intricate dress inspired by the game.

The very unique wedding attire was provided by EMI Cosplay. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself below:

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False Rumor: Philippines Disqualified From Pageants For The Next Two Years

2013 has been quite the year for the Philippines in the pageant world. Megan Young was crowned Miss World 2013 and Mutya Datul was crowned Miss Supranational 2013.  In fact, every new international beauty competition has seen a Filipina winning the title or placing in the top 5.

This year, Ariella Arida became third runner up for the Miss Universe crown. The Philippines has been consistently doing well in the Miss Universe Pageant. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup and Janine Tugonon were all in the top 5 in the Miss Universe competition respectively.

The newest addition to this list is Annalie Forbes who recently became third runner up in the Miss Grand International Beauty Pageant in Bangkok, Thailand.

In the midst of all this good news for the Philippines, a strange rumor has begun to spread. According to The Adobo Chronicles, the  Association of Beauty Pageant Franchise Holders (ABPFH) has disqualified the Philippines from international beauty pageants for the next two years claiming that Filipina candidates had an “enormous advantage” this year. According to The Adobo Chronicles, the ABPFH has decided “to give other countries the chance to win international beauty competitions.”

The crazy part? People have actually been believing this rumor and have been getting angry. Most of these individuals are unfamiliar with The Adobo Chronicles which is a compilation of faux news reports. In fact, the site literally says “Everything you read on this site is based on fact, except for the lies.” The site is similar to the American news satire organization, The Onion.

It would seem rather odd and unfair to ban the Philippines from all international pageants (or any for that matter) simply because they’ve been doing a good job. The “Association of Beauty Pageant Franchise Holders (ABPFH)” appears to be something potentially made up. Ultimately, this news would not make sense.

However, the power of the internet has taken over. The story has appeared on a number of other sites who seem unaware that The Adobo Chronicles is satire. This is followed by a number of angry readers who have fallen into the trap. Of course, we must applaud The Adobo Chronicles for stirring up such attention.

So let out a sigh of relief everyone– something this absurd couldn’t possibly be true.

 

“Smile For The Philippines” Will Warm Your Heart

It goes without saying that the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan has been disheartening and has emotionally affected people worldwide. We cannot possibly know what the typhoon victims are feeling and we can only hope that everyone is giving their full efforts to help the Philippines in their state of need.

With that said, people have tried various methods to raise funds and help the relief efforts in the Philippines. Our hearts are warmed by acts as big as million dollar donations to acts as small as children donating their piggy-bank savings to those in need (small, but equally appreciated).

This is why we can’t help but smile at the efforts of Alex and Roi who handle the YouTube channel Wassabi. The boys, both Filipino, felt that they needed to do something to help. Of course, they wanted to do things a little differently.

In this time of tears, worry and stress, the Wassabi boys thought it would be best to create a video of love and support.

They visited a mall and had random strangers dance and give words of hope for the Philippine typhoon victims. In exchange, the boys would give monetary donations depending on the actions/ words of the the strangers.

In addition to strangers, the Wassabi boys also got a few familiar faces to participate including Keanu Reeves, Ryan Higa and AJ Rafeal.

Watch “Smile For The Philippines” below and be prepared to catch yourself smiling along with them.


Must-See Stop Motion Ad Using Just A Tissue

Say goodbye to the usual tissue ads showing sick kids and pink noses. Nepia, a Japanese tissue company, has decided to go a completely different direction with their advertising.

Quite a bit more visually stunning than a child blowing their nose into a tissue, Nepia has opted to use “tissue craft art.” The very skilled hands behind this video uses the soft tissue to form trees, animals and even human beings for their stop-motion video.

Audiences are stunned that material as soft as a tissue could be used for such intricate shapes.

The video shows much appreciation for the trees that the tissues are made from. Because of these sentiments, the ad includes the statement “Great tissue comes from great trees. We thank our forests.”

Watch the ad below as well as the behind-the-scenes footage. You’ll definitely grow an appreciation for all the hard work put into this advertisement.

Image of The Day: Totoro Cream Puffs in Miyazaki Themed Cafe

So first there was Miyazaki-themed cosplay. Then there was fashion inspired by Miyazaki. Then there were Totoro parodies.

Clearly, the Ghibli fandom is no where near finished even though Miyazaki has announced his retirement. The 72-year-old confirmed that his film The Wind Rises is his last. The film, which focuses on a fictional biography of Japan’s Zero airplane creator Jiro Horikoshi, has already become a box-office hit in Japan since its release in July.

So what’s next from Miyazaki fans? How else will they show their love for the timeless films?

Through food of course.

A city in Japan named Setagaya City holds a themed cafe called White Beard Workshop. Among the various Miyazaki sweets, a certain pastry has been catching social media attention.

The cafe sells adorable Totoro cream puffs. Each puff includes a leaf or hat to represent the flavor of the cream inside. Of course, a treat itself isn’t even the fun part. Upon purchasing one of these cuties, the puff is cut open to reveal the custard creme and give Totoro a big smile.

If you’re ever in Japan, be sure to pick up some of these. Be warned, they may be too cute to eat!

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Unforgettable Gala 2013

You’re invited to one of the premiere entertainment events of the year!

KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine’s 12th annual gala, Unforgettable, will take place at the legendary Park Plaza Hotel on Saturday, December 7, 2013. This high profile, celebrity-studded event is dedicated to honoring achievements within the past year.

Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal will honor three individuals with achievement awards: producer of The Joy Luck Club and Shanghai Calling, Janet YangYouTube artist David Choi and journalist/activist Jose Antonio Vargas.

Featured performers include: Korean American Hip-Hop Artists Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae and Bizzy, YouTube artists Clara C., Jason Chen and Joseph Vincent, indie band Run River North, winner of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, Poreotics, and Filipino American R&B group LEGACI.

This event is hosted by journalist Lisa Ling and comedian Walter Hong. Expected guests include Tamlyn Tomita, Dante Basco, Sung Kang, Tim Kang, Justin Chon, Arden ChoMickey Rourke and Terrence Howard, and many more.

An after party will immediately follow the black-tie gala, providing another chance to celebrate the year with celebrities and VIP guests at the Park Plaza Hotel.

INFORMATION:
Saturday, December 7, 2013|
An Elegant Black Tie Affair

Park Plaza Hotel
607 South Park View Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Valet Parking: $10.00
Hosted Bar

SCHEDULE:
5PM           Red Carpet & Cocktail reception
7PM           Awards presentation
8PM           Dinner, Featuring cuisine by Lawry’s
9PM           Performances
10PM         After-party

To find out more about this exciting event, please check out the Unforgettable 2013 website here:
http://www.iamkoream.com/unforgettable2013/

To attend the event, call James Ryu at 310-769-4913 ext. 223 or email james@iamkoream.com.