On April 30th pastor Oh Yun Taek of the Daegu Best Holiness Church published a letter in the Kukmin Ilbo. The letter starts out with a quote from "The Witch : Part 1. The Subversion", which reads that I was frightened of your children with strange powers and didn't want to raise them. I wanted to send you back out and not keep you here. I could not be your mother. But you were still children. Just like any other children. And so I wanted to raise you to be pretty.
The pastor then explains how the children had these powers from genetics. He then emphasizes the line about wanting to make the children pretty, and the compares that mindset with that of stage parents who become obsessed with turning their apparently talented children into entertainment stars.
The pastor warns that, much like the movie, such a superficial process raises the risk of creating young adults without feeling or empathy. He notes that this is why the children in the movies are apparently evil witches, more than the supernatural powers they possess.
The pastor then closed by exhorting parents to always be proud and happy for their children. The reasoning being, that this is what children want to hear.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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