This show has received both praise and criticism. But I believe that the fact this show can be at all successful conveys just how much Korea has embraced plastic surgery. Is this a positive thing? Let Me In says yes; plastic surgery can change people's lives for the better. This is, in my opinion, true. People who are close to the standard of beauty in society generally get treated more kindly, tend to get better jobs, and have a higher rate of success. And while there is a negative stigma attached to plastic surgery, I believe that plastic surgery gives people hope, and could very well save a life. The acceptance of plastic surgery has also brought about acceptance of transgender people in Korea-- a famous example is Harisu. Click link for more information on her: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harisu
However, we have to ask the question: why did these people get harassed and their lives ruined in the first place? It is shocking to see how some of the people who come on the show are not even so unattractive-- and yet their stories are just as terrible. It is very possible that this acceptance of plastic surgery has morphed the beauty standard to that which is almost impossible to naturally achieve. Is this a vicious cycle?
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Until next time,