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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Bill Gates Disrespects South Korea's Female President By Shaking Hands While Keeping Other In His Pocket

Bill Gates shaking hands with South Korean President Park Geun-hye

Bill Gates has found himself at the centre of a cultural row after he was accused of disrespecting the South Korean president by his 'rude' handshake yesterday.
The Microsoft founder has been heavily criticised by the country's media because he shook President Park Geun-hye hand, while keeping his left in his trouser pocket.
Korean newspapers attacked the billionaire for his casual style and pictures of the meeting were splashed across the front page of the country's national newspapers today.
Some publications cropped out his pocketed hand, while others highlighted it.
The JoongAng newspaper wrote: 'Cultural difference, or an act of disrespect?' while others called it a 'disrespectful and casual handshake'.
A one-hand shake is often seen as disrespectful in South Korea and parts of Asia, and is normally reserved for someone younger or a good friend.
Mr Gates was in the country to give a lecture on the charitable Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at the National Assembly in Seoul.

Some South Korean newspapers cropped out the offending hand while others highlighted it
Some South Korean newspapers cropped out the offending hand while others highlighted it
He met university students and executives of Samsung Electronics Company before his scheduled meeting with President Park.
'Perhaps it was his all-American style but an open jacket with hand in pocket? That was way too casual. It was very regretful,'Chung Jin-suk, secretary general at the Korean National Assembly, was quoted by ABC News as saying.
Korean media reported that Gates has caused similar controversy in the past when meeting the country's leaders.
In 2002, Gates gave a two-handed shake to the late Kim Dae-jung but in 2008 gave President Lee Myung-Bak's a 'disrespectful' handshake.
It has led to speculation in South Korea that it was done deliberately and reflects his political preference.
No one from the Gates camp of the presidential palace has commented.

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