After Red Velvet Irene, This Korean Actress Was Attacked For Reading A ‘Feminist’ Novel

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Seo Ji Hye is under fire for reading a novel!

On September 26, Seo Ji Hye shared a photo to her instagram account, in the caption, she wrote, “successful with opening the book.” As soon as she posted the photo, some netizens left harsh comments and attacked her. In response to the backlash, she deleted the post and instead uploaded another one with a photo of a sunset with the caption, “…”

Actress Kim Ok Bin stepped in to show her support, “freedom to read what you want. Who has the right to censor it?” Kim Ok Bin is notable for her roles in many dramas such as the recently concluded “Arthdal Chronicles.”


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To better understand why reading a book became an issue we have to look at it from a different perspective. The book she referred to was ‘Kim Ji Young Born in ’82’ which became a novel that represents feminism in South Korea.

It’s about an ordinary wife in her 30s named Kim Ji Young, she suffers from depression and faces sexism in her society. The novel was a huge success and sold over 1 million copies. However, the book itself faced backlash for becoming the representative of feminists in South Korea, which is still a sensitive issue and has revolved around many controversial topics in the past.

If you’d like to learn more about why it’s such a controversial issue, watch this video.

Previously, Red Velvet Irene was heavily attacked for stating that she read the same novel while on vacation, this even led to some male fans burning her merchandise.

On a similar note, Gong Yoo and Jung Yu Mi are leading a movie based on this novel. The movie is set to be released this October.

What do you think of this?

By Hilda Moore

Hi all, my name is Hilda and I am a huge kdrama fan, I am responsible for covering news in relation to Kdramas on My all time fav kdramas are: My Mister, Hotel Del Luna and Kill Me, Heal Me.


  1. We’re free to read what we want. We should exercise ourselves to be more open minded. World evolve to new generations. I see that some netizens we’re quiet sensitive.

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