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S Korean garlic video ad roasted over purported obscenity

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A rural South Korean town is getting roasted over its video ad on garlic that some farmers say stinks of obscenity and has even sexually objectified the agricultural product.

The controversy surrounds a 30-second video which had been on a YouTube channel for Hongseong County, a small central and western South Korean town of about 100,000 people known for its local “Hongsan” garlic, for about two years.

The video shows a woman touching the thigh of a man named “Hongsan” with a full garlic head mask and saying words like “very thick” and “hard” to apparently metaphorically advertise the quality of the local garlic. The scene is a parody of a famous scene from a 2004 hit Korean movie titled “Once Upon a Time in High School.”

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