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“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter,” says George Washington.

I personally believe that one’s freedom to speech is a basic liberty, which all men and women are entitled to. And shows like Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show are important because they aren’t afraid to criticize our society. By allowing different opinions to be heard one is more educated, and thus leading to a better society.

As K-pop fans, we all know about South Korea’s infamous Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, continuously banning songs left and right for “offensive” lyrics.  My inner libertarian cringes at the concept of MOGEF and all their actions regarding censorship of songs. (Every time I hear a song is banned for “harming the national psyche” I have the urge to send MOGEF a link to LMFAO‘s “I’m Sexy and I know It.”)

So I was excited when I found out that Korea will start airing its own version of Saturday Night Live. The show will try and keep the same feel of the original sharply criticizing society and its ills. SNL Korea has the same format as its American counterpart including a guest hosts and musicians. The director said of the new show,

 We will laugh as we sharply criticize and make fun of society, and will handle all issues with a clear frame of neutrality. Even if tvN is shaken to its core, we will be thrown out with grace.

Finally, a show that won’t be afraid to stick it to the man.

(...)Read the rest of Live from Seoul, it’s SNL Korea! (410 words)

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