The Commission of Youth Protection under the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs recently announced that the lyrics in Rain’s title song Rainism off his 5th album was harmful and detrimental to youths in Korea.
In a phone interview with Edaily SPN reporters yesterday, a representative for the Commission of Youth Protection expressed, “After examination, our panel comprising of people from the song writers committee, television PDs, media-related personnel came to a consensus that the lyrics from Rainism was harmful to youths. Two of them felt that suggestive words like ‘magic stick’ and ‘body shake’ depicted sexuals acts between a man and a woman.”
And thus the Commission of Youth Protection have activated clause 10 of the Youth Protection Act and have classified Rainism as “sexually stimulating material towards youths or obscene material”. From 24th onwards, stickers that will indicate “unsuitable for people under 19 years old” will be affixed onto Rain’s Rainism album before being allowed for sale to the public.
The representative also explained their decision against the 3 major tv stations for passing Rainism earlier, “When they did their cross examination, their target was adults. But our intended target are towards youths and so our judgement was based primarily on whether it was harmful to youths or not.”
J. Tunes Entertainment have acted swiftly to the ruling by modifying the objectionable lyrics and the Rainism (Clean Version) will be redistributed through online music websites. Rainism (Clean Version) will be performed by Rain in future performances be it on television or at outdoor events.