Recently, a website to verify the celebrities that support feminism had attracted great attention from the netizens. However, after receiving too many criticisms, the site was closed immediately.
“Check Femi” is a website to check on whether the politicians or celebrities, including singers, and actors are feminists or not. The site sorted famous people into 3 categories: “suspicious”, “confirmed”, and “pioneer”. The administrators of the website posted photos, personal information, and past activities of the celebrities they mentioned.
Most of the famous people that were listed out are women, but there are some male celebrities either. President Moon Jae In was classified as “pioneer” feminists with a comment saying, “If you are a feminist, you will become the president”. The website’s administrator described President Moon Jae In as “Korea’s No.1 feminist who holds the greatest influence at the moment.”
RM, the leader of BTS, was also reported as a “confirmed” feminist. RM once posted a photo taken with a book about feminism, “Man Box”, on his old SNS. He also suggested the feminism book “Kim Ji Young: Born 1982”
Currently, the website has been shut down. It seems like the administrators were pressured by the flood of criticisms. Internet users discussed the closing of the website, saying, “Is this a new kind of nerve test?”, “It’s like looking for the ‘commies’ during the dictatorship times.”