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Comedienne Margaret Cho Body Shamed at LA Korean Spa

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Margaret Cho is a comedienne, actress and one of the most high-profile Koreans in Hollywood. She's also a body art aficionado, and has ink all over her body. But her celebrity didn't protect her from the other patrons at Korean day spa Aroma, whose negative reaction to her tattoos affected her so much that she wrote a piece about the experience for Jezebel.

As she tells it, she was nude (as is the custom) and while trying to relax, was gossiped about by the other female patrons. "I walked around from pool to pool, and I kept getting dirty looks from the ladies there. They would talk about me very negatively in Korean, and I just spoke loudly in Korean—not back at them, but nicely—saying "ahhh Jotah!" which means "this feels good"—really at no one—but just to show that I could understand what they were saying and they weren't getting away with anything."

The women were so put off by Cho's tatts that they asked spa staffers to step in and ask her to cover up. An Aroma employee gave her a robe and she eventually left, uncomfortable with the situation. A manager and other staffers apologized for the situation.
· Margaret Cho [Official Site]
· Aroma Spa & Sports [Official Site]
· In a Room Full of Naked Koreans, Margaret Cho's Body Is an Unwelcome Sight [Jezebel]

Aroma Spa & Sports

3680 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010