ICEC Debates Lee Sabi's 'Hair Nudes'

Hair or no hair -- that is the question before the Information Communication Ethics Committee (ICEC) as it deliberates whether to allow release of some of Playboy model Lee Sabi's "hair nudes," i.e., photographs that reveal Lee's pubic hair. Korea usually restricts images that reveal pubic hair.

Airpass (www.airpasscorp.com), which has been charged with distribution of Lee's nude photos through mobile and Internet service, recently said, "Last month, we requested to the ICEC that they consider about 60 photographs that reveal pubic hair, and we are still waiting for the result of their deliberations."






An ICEC official said, "A while ago, word went round that a certain entertainer asked the ICEC to decided on whether to allow the release of 'hair nudes,' but in fact, we never got such a request. Lee Sabi's the first to do so."


Meanwhile, Spice TV (www.spicetv.co.kr), which holds the copyrights over Lee's nude photos, said, "For release in foreign markets like the United States, shots revealing pubic hair were unavoidable, and what's more, we judged that there was enough artistic merit in those photos that they'd be OK for release. So we requested [to the ICEC] that they make a judgment." Placing much weight on the ruling, Spice TV said, "Because deliberations have yet to finish, we've delayed supplying American Playboy with the photos. If the committee gives its OK, we can provide not only local service providers but [American] Playboy with the photographs."

On a related note, nude photos of Lee will be released through 16 Internet portal sites, including the Playboy2004 homepage (www.playboy2004.co.kr), Naver, Daum and Yahoo at midnight Monday.

(Robert Koehler,internetnews@chosun.com)
internetnews@chosun.com / Mar. 01, 2004 19:54 KST