Banned! 7 Music Videos That Can Only Air After 10PM

Korea’s Ministry of Gender Equality and Family can ban a music video for one of three general reasons: violence, suggestiveness or reference to/portrayal of immoral behavior. Any MVs deemed too sexy, too violent, or have one too many bad influences are immediately stamped with a 19+ rating and banished to a late night time slot. Here are seven videos that the MOGEF found inappropriate to air on Korean television before 10pm.


While a few of these MVs wouldn’t measure up to the raciness of some music videos that play during prime time in North America and Europe, they are definitely a stretch for younger audiences.

01. MIRYO (BROWN EYED GIRLS) – “DIRTY” MV
Why: Inappropriate Lyrics

Miryo scolds her man for looking at other women and warns him; saying, that his eyes roll around so much that he’ll become “cross-eyed.” MOGEF took that as a dig at people with optical disabilities.

02. BLOCK B – “FREEZE” MV
Why: Inappropriate Lyrics

Send all your friends home/I’ll be waiting for your right here… are the lyrics that MOGEF felt promoted immoral dating behavior. Even after a lyric change and submittal for review, the song was banned a second time.

03. YOON MI RAE (a.k.a. TASHA) – “GET IT IN” MV
Why: Excessive Violence

Taking out sword-carrying virtual baddies and a totally badass fight between Yoon Mi Rae and husband Tiger JK is too graphic by MOGEF’s standards. To be fair, there is a lot of blood spattering.

04. EPIK HIGH – “BREAKDOWN” MV
Why: Excessive Violence

Yikes, this one is pretty gruesome. With violence more graphic than what we’ve seen in most action movies, “Breakdown” was understandably slapped with a 19+ rating.

05. SISTAR – “HOW DARE YOU” MV
Why: Suggestive Imagery and Inappropriate Lyrics

Concept photos for “How Dare You” featured a pole that the girls would presumably be dancing on. Even when the MV was edited to remove all sequences involving pole-dancing before its official release, the song was still slammed for demeaning lyrics.

06. LEE JUNG HYUN – “SUSPICIOUS MAN” MV
Why: Suggestive Imagery

Suggestive imagery is an understatement in this case. Even by more lenient Western standards, the extended bathroom scene in this version of the music video is a bit much.

07. LEE HYORI – “CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG” MV
Why: Traffic Violations

Korean traffic laws dictate that: 1) one must always wear a seat belt, 2) there is to be no dancing in the streets and 3) there certainly is to be no dancing on busses. Sorry Lee Hyori, that’s three strikes.

Too much for MVs? What do you think? 

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