Despite being a leader in manufacturing LCD screens and flash memory chips, Korea is still years behind the cutting edge in gaydar technology, according a government-commissioned study. Kim Jungho, the director of the study, says, "We're decades behind. If you were to look at American standards, you have would to go back to the days when people thought George Michaels was a ladykiller to find something comparable to the state of Korean gaydar."
Many Koreans agree that the national gaydar standard is low. "I just found out that one of my co-workers is gay and I was shocked," says office worker Lee Jihyun. "In hindsight, I guess there were signs I could've picked up on. He dressed well, he never had a girlfriend, and he was a bit feminine. There was also that time he showed me a wedding album of himself getting married to a man. But for some reason I never put it together."
In order to increase the level of Korea's gaydar technology, Arirang TV will begin broadcasting such shows as "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy", "Queer as Folk", and "Live with Ryan Seacrest."