The year 2013 has been very eventful, to say the least, for Korean entertainment. We’re not even halfway through the year yet and we’ve been drowned in scandals, from the not-so-scandalous ones like celebrities dating in public, or couples getting married (with pregnancies out of wedlock thrown in for good measure), to the real scandals like the preferential treatment that entertainment soldiers get and CEOs and entertainers getting embroiled in sexual assault charges.
But for me, the news about Son Ho Young is the most heartbreaking.
It started with his girlfriend committing suicide right in his own car. As if that wasn’t tragic enough, Son Ho Young himself tried to follow suit using the same method that his girlfriend used to end her life. Fortunately for him, his attempt wasn’t successful. But the end result might have killed him all the same.
Press coverage of Son Ho Young being admitted to the hospital. I decided not to embed it to give my readers the freedom to choose if they want to watch the video or not. The way those reporters crowded the hospital to get some footage of a person being admitted is so, so terrible, my heart broke even way before I heard his manager’s sobs. I know those reporters are just doing their job, but does it really have to go down to this?
I also think that the hospital should be held responsible for allowing the press to clog the hospital halls like that. It’s not just to protect SHY’s privacy, but also for the safety of the other patients and to allow the medical personnel to do their job in peace. I hate to compare this to our country, but I’ve never seen something like this happening here whenever the press covers a famous person who is admitted in a hospital. The hospital officials themselves bar the press from entering the premises. Big hospitals like St. Luke’s would designate a spot at the lobby for the press and they will not be allowed anywhere beyond that point. That is what the hospital in Korea should have done.
Lastly, just like whenever I see a dead person’s photo being posted publicly (even in Facebook posts; I mean, even if it’s a friend’s grandmother or whatever, a dead person is still a dead person), I find it disturbing that there are photos of SHY’s face (albeit covered with a blanket) while on the stretcher being posted in news portals. What the hell is that for? To prove that the guy being rolled in is really Son Ho Young?? Give the guy some privacy, dammit.
Son Ho Young must be having a really difficult time right now. I hope and pray that he will find strength to pull through all this. And that the public, the media in particular, will give him the time and space that he needs in order to recover from this ordeal.