In a statement, San E’s label said they were not aware of the song.
South Korean rapper San E (Jung San) released a new song today (Nov. 16), titled “Feminist.” Uploaded to YouTube a few hours after he announced the upcoming song on social media, “Feminist” sees the artist sharing his opinions about the current state of feminism in South Korea.
YouTubers DKDKTV, who regularly publish videos explaining the nuances of K-pop music videos, translated the lyrics that were posted on San E's "Feminist” video on YouTube. "Women have always been oppressed/ Us men have always oppressed them historically/But I don't understand those who say women and men aren't equal right now," he reportedly says, leading into his take on how South Korea's gender pay gap being low among OECD countries is a "f**king fake fact.” Throughout, San E also reportedly proclaims himself to be a feminist: “Sister, why mad?” he asks in English. “Blame system, not men/ I am feminist.”
The gender pay gap in South Korea is the highest among the OECD, with the 2017 OECD report "The Pursuit if Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle" acknowledging that women in Korea earn only 63% of what men earn, and that only 56.2% of women in the country are employed.