Note: While the blog has made it very clear that the articles and comments they post do not reflect the majority opinion of Koreans and are not to be taken as a whole, Netizenbuzz articles somewhat gives us an idea of what the sentiment is on certain issues involving Korean celebrities.
From one huge scandal to another, you begin to wonder what is up with the Korean government these days with all these issues involving top celebrities cropping up. It’s like news agencies are having a contest called, “Who can top the scandal we uncovered today?”
And it’s not just random XXX-and-XXX-caught-dating scenarios. We’re talking tax evasion, bullying in the army, and domestic violence. Issues that are too huge to pass on.
Although I still contend that Song Hye Kyo is being given an unfair judgment by Koreans and non-Koreans alike because of the netizens’ habit of only reading the headlines and passing judgment based on that (how many times do we have to repeat that she already paid the taxes that netizens are demanding from her?), and I think it’s unfair that they’re hating on Han Hyo Joo over an issue that, while definitely serious as it involves an actual death, it’s not her fault that one of the suspects is a member of her family. The Kim Hyun Joong issue is an entirely different story. He did admit to laying a hand on his ex-girlfriend. Regardless of how many times it happened, one incident of assault is one incident too many. As someone who was thisclose to becoming a Kim Hyun Joong fan because of the way he treats his fans, I simply cannot tolerate domestic violence. Goodbye, KHJ.
However, there are times when I’m totally bewildered at the sentiment of Korean netizens. If the entertainer got embroiled in a scandal of any kind and said entertainer chooses to be quiet in order to “reflect on his actions”, people will demand that he explain himself, bow his head and apologize. When the entertainer decides to explain herself, bow her head and apologize, people will say that she is a drama queen and is using her movie promotions to explain herself. What exactly do they want??? I bet if she kills herself, people will still say that she’s selfish and only thinking of herself. Or, some will say that she has suffered enough and should be forgiven now. But what good will that do if the person is already dead?
Ah, Korean netizens. You’re a case study in itself.
It seems that there’s still a way to overcome Korean netizens’ hate, though. (1) Donate an insane amount to charity (and make it very public); and (2) star in a Hollywood movie. I find it so amusing that people are now all, “don’t hate on him for his image alone” when he has been called “trash” for more than a year. It’s still all about the image, isn’t it?
It’s the same with G-Dragon. After his marijuana scandal, he explained himself and then moved on with his life. Came up with new material, hung around famous Hollywood celebs, and donated insane amounts of money and made it very public. Now he’s cool and daebak in the eyes of netizens again.
Come to think of it, Psy was super-hated in the past, too. Then came Gangnam Style, and now he’s the representative artist of Korea.
So let’s not lose hope for Hye Kyo. She has been supporting worthy causes even before the tax issue (and super-shame on the holier-than-thous who look down at her charity work as a cover-up for her being a tax evader ), and she’s been doing good in China by working with only the best and most respected people in the industry. The world outside Korean entertainment doesn’t care about what she does in her personal life. I think she can still bounce back.
I can’t say the same about Kim Hyun Joong, though…