The Korea Singers Association (hereafter KSA) has issued an official statement following the sudden tragic passing of Goo Hara. The statement lists their requests from the government, journalists and the popular search engine Naver.
KSA was founded in 1957, it’s an association aimed to protect the rights of singers. Their statement released on November 29 calls for the following measures to take place:
- Portal site Naver to discontinue comments on entertainment articles.
- The National Assembly to prepare legislation aimed to encourage writing truthful articles and punish journalists who make click-bate titles that encourage malicious comments.
- The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism to establish and enforce realistic measures to protect singers.
KSA ended their statement promising to seek measures to protect and track down malicious crowds who harm idols and to lawfully punish them, they also stated that they will take all necessary actions and measures until their requests are fulfilled.
Previously, Daum discontinued the comment section following Sulli’s passing.
What do you think of this?
My Personal Thoughts
I don’t know why no one is bringing this up but I think I should say it. The biggest influencer on idols lives beside the public perception is the agency. I am baffled by the KSA statement; they don’t gloss over how agencies ruin idols’ health, life, and well-being.
The fact that agencies like TS Entertainment can still operate and do so much damage for their idols without KSA doing anything says a lot. They could have done so much better a lot sooner.
There should be stricter laws enforced on agencies, they need to pay better attention to their idols’ physical and mental well-being instead of using them like cash machines disregarding their health. If agencies work on building idols’ confidence and encourage them instead of treating them as less than human beings that would be good. Special attention needs to be paid to their contracts as well but no one is talking about how important this is.
I don’t personally agree with the discontinuation of comments because I believe in the freedom of speech, still, I am against how some people express it. It’s the type of thing that is suggested to do good by idols but will probably end up doing far worse. Besides, it could give birth to sites where people can openly express their opinions but it’ll be far more toxic, discontinuing comments will not stop people from expressing how they feel about an idol.
Journalists also hold responsibility in this case in my opinion; some of the article headlines we read are so exaggerated and far-fetched, it ends up harming idols so much. There needs to be better legislation against those who continuously try to stir controversy for things or situations that are just normal.
Let us wait and see how far the KSA goes and if they’ll proceed with it. Every single time an idol passes away everybody screams about change but everything goes back to normal in a week.
I agree that the proposal the KSA has presented does not address the real issues. I am not Korean or in Korea, but I have heard and read many opinions that the idol suicide rate is reflective of the overall incidences in Korea. The cultural view of the issue should be addressed as a national conversation. Something laws can’t do.