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In a Room Full of Naked Koreans, Margaret Cho’s Body Is an Unwelcome Sight



This is something I have never done -– I actually said, in Korean "Do you know who I am? I am MARGARET CHO!" She realized who I was, and she was horrified! She said she did know me, and had seen me and was familiar with my work, and she apologized even more profusely and tried to explain that in Korean culture, tattoos are very taboo and my body was upsetting everyone there. I told her I was aware of that, but that I really wanted to enjoy the spa and my treatments and I was going to pay for them, just like everyone else there (it's pricey, by the way). She asked if I could please wear something, anything -– a towel or something –- and cover myself so that I wouldn't frighten anyone with my body.

She's actually not an unattractive woman -- albeit a bit plump; or as the Koreans might put it, "chu-bey." However she does have one undeniably ugly feature.

Her mouth.

Comments (2)

Nicola Timmerman:

My older kids went to Japan and my daughter was asked to cover up her tattoos in a Japanese public bath. They seemed to say tattoos are associated with gangs there.


This is a story of a childish, self important and "entitled" person.

The anager tells her politiely that she is damaging the manager's business and the response is "Do you know who I am"


The correct response of the manager should have been "so what?"

People like that need to be taken down several pegs.


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