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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

"Are you not afraid of an entertainment industry that ends a career over one facial expression?"


Article: Hyorin's 'straight faced controversy', an entertainment industry that ends your career over one facial expression

Source:
Oh My News via Naver

Editorial that points out how Korean society is reacting too severely to the littlest of things in not only the entertainment industry, but in governmental and societal issues as well. It's an interesting read if you have the time for it!

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On the 16th, SISTAR's Hyorin was the hottest issue of the night for her 'straight faced' expression. At a recent fan signing, a minute long video of Hyorin interacting with her fans with a straight face became controversial online as it spread. In another fan signing video, Hyorin could be heard clarifying the issue by saying, "How can a person be smiling for 24 hours 365 days a year?"

Even after the video with her clarification was spread, netizens' criticisms towards her only grew. Articles relating to the controversy were filled with comments that put her down, some saying, "Isn't Hyorin famously rumored in the industry for being disrespectful?" I myself was curious after reading the comments if Hyorin's attitude warranted such hateful comments.

- Is Hyorin really disrespectful behind the cameras?

A year and three months ago, I met Hyorin at a reporting session and she was far from what everyone online is currently claiming. I actually remember her to be extremely caring, which I was grateful for.

October 31st, 2011, it was the fifth round of the Korean pro baseball series. Hyorin was at the Jamshil baseball stadium to sing the national anthem. After rehearsing for a while before the match, she went up to the ground to put on her performance. Her expression wasn't all that bright while she sang, and she actually looked quite nervous with her blank face then.

If someone had taken a fancam of her then, it would've been enough to start a 'Hyorin straight faced' controversy like the issue that is raging now. One thing that I won't agree with, however, is the fact that netizens are claiming her to be disrespectful.

At the time, while I was leaving the stadium to head to another report, I saw Hyorin and her manager busily walking out. I remember thinking that I wanted to get a couple of words from her over her thoughts on singing the national anthem that day, but never did I think that she'd take time otu of her busy schedule for a full out interview.

I was cautious about approaching her and her manager because it wasn't an official press conference or an interview. Hyorin looked extremely busy as well so I expected her to politely decline. Hyorin, however, expressionless as she's known for, readily agreed. I looked to her manager for confirmation and he agreed as well.

So at the entrance of the Jamshil stadium where fans of baseball were walking in and out, I had an impromptu interview with Hyorin. Because it was so spontaneous, I had trouble coming up with questions which led to many silent moments but Hyorin and her manager waited until the very last second for all of my questions despite their busy schedule.

When I asked if they had to get going, Hyorin reassured me by saying, "No! It's okay," allowing me to finish my interview.

Thanks to her, I was able to write out an article using a couple of her thoughtful comments on her performance.

What I'm trying to say is that sometimes it's not a 'happy face' that determines the character of a person but the truth behind their words. My experience with Hyorin allowed me to get a deeper understanding of her than most people. Although you can't tell everything about a celebrity with a short experience like that, I feel that it's enough for me to share 'one small truth' amidst a field of bad rumors surrounding her right now.

I wonder if it's possible for people to stop for a second before throwing out hate and criticism and maybe consider things like whether she was sick or tired instead of judging a person's entire character based on their facial expression alone.

- Are you not afraid of an entertainment industry that ends a career over one facial expression?

Netizens called Hyorin star diseased and cocky for claiming that a person cannot be smiling for 24 hours 365 days a year. Even after her apology, the public treated it only as an excuse.

Are you really not afraid of an entertainment industry that ends a person's career like this over one facial expression? It's not only Hyorin, but several stars that are being pained and hurt by the opinions of the public. Netizens claim the facial expressions of celebrities as the issue, but how can you not turn the mirror onto yourself and see how you are spewing 'hate' and 'criticism' without hesitation on unconfirmed rumors?

Unfortunately, netizens are judging purely based off of biased editing by TV programs and rumors spread by the people around them, which is made all the more easier by the fact that netizens can hide behind anonymity.

It's not only our entertainment industry that our society is reacting severely to, but everything from society, government, and culture. The public is quick to be angered and enraged. Do you not think that this is abnormal? I think it's time for change.

Instead of raging over a petty 'facial expression', the first step is to open your hearts to understanding the person behind that face.

It's time that we take a step back and reevaluate the situation. Is Hyorin's 'facial expression' the problem or the public's bias in which we view these issues?

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1. [+2,612, -357] But I think Hyorin just has a hot temper. On Immortal Song, she'd talk to senior Moon Hee Jun with a straight face and you can tell just by the way she interacts with other people. I get that a person can't always be smiling but she's a celebrity... she lives off of her fans. She should be treating them preciously.

2. [+2,335, -175] It's not necessarily because of her facial expression but because of what she said.

3. [+2,195, -183] The problem is that she could've just apologized but instead she said that she can't always be smiling. What she said was cocky, like she was being forced to apologize when she didn't want to. Celebrities are a part of the service industry, fan signings are not charity events. It's a part of their job. She wasn't professional at all. She should really look in a mirror and practice smiling instead of sleeping in the car.

4. [+1,878, -130] Uhh, there have been countless celebrities who've had their careers ended over something petty like this.. and I don't think I've seen a 'shield' article for them like this one.

5. [+1,833, -139] Hyorin makes it so obvious that she thinks she's hot stuff.. She needs to return to her roots.

6. [+1,732, -154] You can't get rid of your iljin roots

7. [+1,617, -133] What an extremely long shield article over nothing...

8. [+1,478, -103] There's a line that people will think she's cute and cool up to... once you cross that line like she did, you just end up looking cocky and star diseased

9. [+1,443, -108] Celebrities who lose their roots are bound to fail. Does SISTAR even have roots? It's only been three years and they're already star diseased... Just because SISTAR is the trend now, they think they're queens or something

10. [+1,104, -62] No one asked her to smile 24 hours a day... We're just asking her to smile for that one moment she's with her fans who've been waiting for her all day. The job of celebrities is to make other people have fun. Does she not know what her job is?

11. [+1,103, -67] She was probably nice and caring a year ago because it was before 'Alone' became a hit... and now she's just lost her roots.

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512 comments:

  1. really..? it's that serious?



    she apologized. the only ones who have a right to be upset are her fans. netizens need to stop with their witch-hunts for idols.

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  2. Aaaannnnddd no one even took in what the article was saying.

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  3. Looks like they netizens didn't even read the article, they just comment on It's length and not it's content.

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  4. I'm surprised that netizens aren't calling this media play or a defense tactic...only one of them said that...

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  5. This is all I can think about with this controversy.

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  6. Is this even a controversy? Netizens just hating as per usual lol, it's no surprise.

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  7. 3. [+2,195, -183] The problem is that she
    could've just apologized but instead she said that she can't always be smiling.....

    She did apologized you twat. If you bothered to read up on the issue before posting comments blaming you would know she apologized on twitter before the new of her being rude broke out in the mainstream media.

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  8. Did they just read the title and decide to comment instead of reading the actual article?

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  9. This whole controversy has really made me appreciate the fan service I've seen from my favorite rookie groups, and makes me appreciate their public smiles & tears even more...I hope they never become jaded or take their fame for granted <3

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  10. Korea is so rotten inside. My aunt went was there and in Japan, and she said that contrast is so huge! Down vote all you want, Idc~

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  11. Are you serious? Did they even read the fucking article? smh

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  12. why are they so hard on womans!

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  13. in korea once idol made a mistake then it will be forever mistake no matter how try or how hard you ask for an apology ...

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  14. Interesting article, good points, crap reception...

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  15. That's easy for them to say...

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  16. Sorry but just because someone talks with a straight face that does not automatically mean they're ''disrespectful''

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  17. Did any of the netizens actually read the article?

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  18. *Women

    But male idols also have it bad... except when it comes to sex scandals. Then the hate focuses on the "sluts"

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  19. 5. [+1,833, -139] Hyorin makes it so obvious that she thinks she's hot stuff.. She needs to return to her roots.

    6. [+1,732, -154] You can't get rid of your iljin roots



    for a second there i thought they want her to be an iljin again XD

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  20. That's why it's pointless for agencies/idols to even apologize or explain things to netizens because they've always made their mind up already. After that they're just looking to fuel the fire.

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  21. . [+2,335, -175] It's not necessarily because of her facial expression but because of what she said.



    What did she say? she apologized that's it so stop holding a grudge over nothing dam you knetz need to get out more

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  22. Japan does have a better culture than South Korea tbh... SK produces better music but that's about it.

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  23. prolly went *tl;dr* and just scrolled down to the bashing section of the page...

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  24. those comments....the two eyes i own arent enough to roll. can somebody lebd me theirs?

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  25. "It's not only Hyorin, but several stars that are being pained and hurt by the opinions of the public." and the list is long...

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  26. It seems like they didn't get the message of the article

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  27. what's wrong with them, do they really think respect is about facial expression???

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  28. Lol... Just lol at both the article and the comments.

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  29. Japanese ppl have a better attitude. They are so smiley and kind. I once visited a Japanese educational fair and talked to a woman there. She wouldn't stop bowing and smiling at me. I got such a positive emotions from her.

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  30. The Korean entertainment industry is alreadt known (in my opinion) to be ridiculous and severe. I may like a lot of music/drama/shows that are released, but that doesnt mean I am happy about how this industry works. Entertainers have to be happy all the time, they are never allowed to say something bad because if they do they are forced to reflect 234351245 years and after that still aren't forgiven for what they did. I also think the industry iscauses natural beauty to dissappear. I really have the feeling that in 5 years it's impossible to be beautiful without any kind of PS because of the ridiculous high standards. I am not against PS but I think it shouldn't play a role in who is beautiful and who not.

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  31. Rookie groups are more free with fan service because they are rookies. They only just entered the industries so their schedules are not as insane as established groups who have been performing like crazy for years. That is years of gruelling practices and sleepless nights.

    I love my nugu groups but its not a fair comparison.

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  32. Since when do netizens care though?

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  33. I can totally understand where Hyorin is coming from about not being able to smile 24/7.. I work as a flight attendent and i am expected to smile every single second but sometimes it's hard to smile even if it's a fake smile its hard to keep it up throughout the day i mean the worst days for me is period days as a girl it's hard to smile when their is a waterfall in your panties

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  34. '' [+2,335, -175] It's not necessarily because of her facial expression but because of what she said. '' Are you dumb or what? Don't you know that she apologized?

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  35. My god this is such a non-issue. When will people realize that idols are humans and not robots..?

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  36. This is literally the stupidest thing I've read in years. Just stop.

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  37. Netizens when seeing an idol's bitch face
    -look at her glaring at so and so
    -why does she have to look upset while recording
    -look at her bitchface I bet she's a bitch in real life
    -wow she's so rude, look at her bitchface
    -look at her expression, she thinks she's the best
    -is she upset or something
    -what a bitch

    Idol
    -IT'S MY FACE

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  38. The article just called netizens out on their bullshit and yet they're still trying to make a point.

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  39. Why do Netizens have so much power? Even reporters now commenting on how much power they have. Scary.

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  40. I'm just sharing my personal experience. Why should I stop?~

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  41. You don't read a lot then, do you?

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  42. So true. I know this problem. My eyelids "hang", which makes it looks like I am always either tired/mad/uninterested even though I am not. It sucks becuase everyone tries to cheer you up, when you are already happy.

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  43. Lol I can't... It'd be easier if you were just a troll I could just ignore, but you're actually genuinely stupid. No matter what I said you're going to think you're right, so I'm done.

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  44. I think the commenter meant right then and there during the fan signing she should gave apologized. Not wait til the next day.

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  45. wow ! so there is good journalists in South-Korea !
    too bad netizens didn't read it...

    i'm amazed by both the kindness and bravery of this journalist and the stupidity of netizens. They want to hate point. They are as much delusional as the fangirls/boys that they always criticize.

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  46. And I think you're just genuinely aggressive.

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  47. Dude..the amount of comments are no joke.
    Are they getting angrier?
    This sound like a kid who dont want to admitted that he/she do wrong...so pitty

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  48. Can't you see people down voting you or smth? You're gonna get a bad rep

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  49. wtf is this 'roots' thing they keep talking about

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  50. Japanese are really nice though. I met a couple Japanese tourists last year, they got lost and asked me the directions. I think if I hadn't left, they probably wouldn't have stopped bowing and thanking me lol

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  51. lol xD every women feel you ^^

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  52. The most stupid scandal in the history of Kpop. I swear!! >.<

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  53. Just another netizenJuly 17, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    1. Or she could be listening to him seriously about advice and all that?

    2. & 3. I dunno, to me, it was the blatant truth...I guess you could see it as cockiness but...really what person in this world would smile 24/7, 365 days in a year...

    4. Really? I don't think celebrities have ended over something like not smiling at a fanmeet...

    5. Really? I don't think she thinks she's the queen of Kpop...

    6. Wasn't this just rumours?

    7. If it were nothing...K-netz wouldn't be talking sh** about her LOL

    8. Not smiling=crossing the line...wtf? o.o

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  54. There is this day that I will never forget. I was really happy that day, I was in my classroom when suddenly my teacher told me to smile a bit because I looked so angry. Even though I was really happy that day.. Anyways, the facial expression of a person doesn't always tell how they feel.

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  55. Just another netizenJuly 17, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    I know how you feel too. I work part-time in a fast-food restaurant and when presenting you have to act all happy and the customer is ALWAYS right (even though some of them are very very wrong...)

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  56. You guys will never understand that Idols are humans.

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  57. A bad reputation on an internet blog where English speakers comment about Korean netizens' comments. Good. You can keep talking about Japan having a better culture than Korea while you're commenting 24:7 on this site about Korean culture.

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  58. Just another netizenJuly 17, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    I agree LMAO...

    That and the Yoona and PSY relationship scandal LMAO still makes me laugh.

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  59. i remember her saying on happy together a while ago that when she doesnt smile people think she looks mean or not in a good mood and when she showed everyone, they agreed that its best that she smiles.

    its like her words foresaw this event

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  60. suddenly netizens are expert anthropologists huh? thinking they can tell someones entire personality from a single face expression.. pathetic

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  61. http://24.media.tumblr.com/c282dfe3ecbee1f854cd67bcabc2d02c/tumblr_mjmpw0wJVn1rv4ntqo2_250.gif

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  62. Remember the slack Taeyeon got for her expression on American TV?

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  63. Ikr, the feel is so different.

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  64. i hope knetz know they are turning iljin into "the boy who cried wolf".... i used to think it was bad but seriously you guys are turning the serious issues of an iljin into a joke by just slapping that title on anybody. now i dont believe any iljin rumors past or true anymore cause it just sounds like some default excuse you just use.

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  65. she was going to sleep though

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  66. I think the "can't always be smiling" thing is the truth, and especially understand that as a fan. I wouldn't expect anyone, famous or otherwise, to be happy and perky all the time lol. Talk about creepy. As long as they aren't outright rude to the fans or whatever, who cares if for a few moments in their career an idol isn't acting like sunshine.

    The idea that celebs exist to please their fans 100% and should bend over backwards for them all the time also annoys me. Yeah, fans are who buys your stuff, but respect has to go both ways. A celeb isn't your pet that you can order around and have it perform tricks for you. IDK, i'm just rambling, but netizens and fans who think idols have to sell their soul to the industry and basically be robots will never not annoy me lol.

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  67. Just another netizenJuly 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    More like psychologists - studying microexpressions LMAO

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  68. Sigh, yes. I have so many people ask me what's wrong, or friends tell me they thought I was mad when I just have my default expression on lol :(

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  69. her beginnings. i don't think it applies to this situation but yea

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  70. Just another netizenJuly 17, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    And all the bitch-face expressions Jessica has that makes everyone assume she's a bitch and since Krystal is the younger sister of Jessica, she has to be a bitch too? Yeah...stupid stupid assumptions.

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  71. Unlike this journalists, I think its one's ACTS that matters more than the words one says. The journalist respect her words more, but it's what she said that made people angry, so he just ruined his article himself despite the catchy slogan.

    She has a temper and I totally understand she wouldn't smile all the time, but it's what she said that disappointed me: I didn't think any idol finally getting the love they deserve would clearly say or even want to end a fanmeeting with their dear fans.

    In any case this journalist is definietely biased cos Hyorin was polite enough to accept his surprise interview. He didn't taught us anything new as we all already know that a celebrity's career ends over few words or pictures. That's scary but not new.

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  72. k-netizens are a lost cause °_°

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  73. I appreciate your polite response....yes it must be hard for more veteran groups after so many years to always have to be so careful in public....I think I'm just appreciating the "freshness" of the rookies as it probably comes easy to them now, but as time goes by it will be harder for sure...

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  74. wow. It's such a waste if her career ends bcs this, with such a talent. She apologized tho.

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  75. i think they both have their own music character, idk if we can said SK produce better music tho

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  76. It's not just K-netz. Irrational people are a lost cause. I know plenty of I-Netz that are just as bad, if not worse then the comments I read from article.

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  77. I haven't met any Koreans yet, but let's see xD

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  78. I think we got our answer from the comments, really. No one, not one of them even stopped for a second to place themselves in a celebrity's shoes. "Well, yes, but it's her job". That does not matter. Sometimes, people have bad days, moments etc even when working. If your precious life will be ruined by someone not smiling at you for once, I'd say you're the one with issues. The woman is in customer service, in a sense. Yes, it's her job to smile and sign, but if one is signing for hours, their face will hurt smiling all the time.

    Also, she did not say anything irrational or wrong. It is impossible to be smiley 24/7. The reason why no one is listening and thinking is because their culture is based on a happy/friendly front that one is supposed to carry publicly 24/7. If you're a female celebrity, you're seen as someone who should live and breathe the essence of a humble, polite, adorable creature. God forbid you speak honestly, don't apologize or act unworthy and remorseful if you feel you've done nothing wrong.

    People like the ones in the comments are to blame for a lot of the problems with their celebrity industry. They "love" celebs unconditionally and are blind to their faults as long as said celebs do what they want or then they go the opposite way and hate someone for breaking their illusions of perfection. This lack of a balanced and healthy mentality from a lot of netizens is what feeds this industry and those who keep it in such a manipulative and dirty form.

    Celebrities are people. Sometimes better than an average person, sometimes worse. The sooner some realize that, the quicker they can sort out when it is ok to judge them and when not and what to base that judgement on.

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  79. I read the article thinking how the author seemed so level-headed and really brought up good points about celebrities being humans too, but I think I just expected too much of the netizens, I don't even know why I thought they'd read and consider the points the author made and maybe, just maybe even reflect on their judgments but boy, was I wrong. Never again am I giving these netizens the benefit of the doubt, these comments just prove how bitter and relentless they really are.

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  80. "The public is quick to be angered and enraged. Do you not think that this is abnormal? I think it's time for change." maaan.. so much win for you! all the award for you

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  81. when SISTAR were rookies

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  82. that's the whole 'bitch resting face' xD the face we make, without being aware of, and that makes us look angry although we are not feeling anything particular! It's pretty unfair to be wrongly understood afterwards xD

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  83. I remember that too.
    Seungyeon of Kara said the same thing.
    .

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  84. yeah, HER experience. that doesn't mean all koreans are bad people, or all japanese are great people. i understand if you don't like/agree with their culture or people, but calling them "rotten" is pretty rude.

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  85. they're overreacting ! she apologized before it gets bigger , i bet those knets who actually wrote the comments attended the fan sign , if you look at the pictures and the videos from the sign event you can see she's interacting with the fans and smiling she even had a long line because she talks to the fans a lot *some of the people who attended the fan sign said so* , they're just saying meanness things , and tbh the industry NEEDS talented people like her ,, she's real she's not fake , she treats the fans as her friends , I DON'T WANT HER TO CHANGE BECAUSE OF THIS THING

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  86. She deserved that. She was in another country on television. You know she is pretty much representing korea, so taking a mini nap isn't the best thing to do at the time. lol

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  87. Well, to me they do at least. Some people prefer J-pop but it's also true that a LOT of J-pop fans that are only into J-pop are actually pre-teens... I do like some J-pop artists over K-pop artists though, like Perfume...

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  88. technically not your personal experience cuz it was your aunt's but ooP

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  89. Yeah so just judge a country off of what you heard and netizen comments. Nice, just please stop comparing these two cultures they aren't interchangeable.

    I know people who have lived in Japan hated it and preferred Korea. Korea has a great nightlife and shopping experience is what my friends tell me. I also know people who have said what you said also. Different people, different experiences.

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  90. idk about korea is rotten inside or not but i think japanese has better and wiser view of life

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  91. don't worry, her career will not end because of few angry netizens amongst 55 millions of citizens.
    there is no way somebody like Hyorin with such an amazing voice can be thrown by the entertainement ! like the article says, celebrities are used to this kind of treatment so i think they will all understand and protect her.

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  92. the netizens didn't even comment about his long work.. He didn't taught us anything new (but out of respect they should have said smth)as we all already know that a celebrity's career ends over few words or pictures. That's scary but not new.

    this journalist is definietely biased cos Hyorin was polite enough to accept his surprise interview.

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  93. do they not know how hard it is to smile and act pleasant when hyorin (sistar)
    only gets 2 hours of sleep while promoting, only allowed one full meal, has to stay in shape 24/7 and so on?

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  94. I'm sure there's a lot of people here who have those naturally blank or even frowny faces and are always told to "just smile". Isn't it annoying when people think you're not pleasant enough just because your eyes look sharp and your mouth is formed in a way that isn't smiley, even though you are perfectly happy? I know it is for me.

    As for the netizens getting pressed above, well, I just wonder, where's the similar outrage for male idols? A lot of them sure ain't running around with sunny smiles all the time. Or are they just piling on Hyorin because she's a female, and Korean girls are always expected to be smiling shyly and sweetly and Hyorin doesn't follow the image of their ideal girl? Hmmmm.

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  95. Dominique (도미나크)July 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    O_O were they reading the same article I read?? ����

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  96. i agree but i was talking about k-netizens here because of their comments.

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  97. You're a bit cranky......did you miss your nap time today??? lol

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  98. [+1,443, -108] Celebrities who lose their roots are bound to fail. Does SISTAR even have roots? It's only been three years and they're already star diseased... Just because SISTAR is the trend now, they think they're queens or something

    but i myself think that it's not a star disease or something. imo, her personality is like that even when she was still rookies, she is a blunt person, she speaks the truth without being all sugary sweet etc. hyorin is like that.

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  99. I do have my own experience of communicating with both Koreans and Japanese. so yeah lol~

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  100. Of course he's biased, Hyorin showed a good attitude with him and he's speaking out how he enjoyed working with her. It's not like he completely made it up.....?

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  101. Overreaction from the company.

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  102. on the internet right?

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  103. she said she wanted to end the fanmeeting?
    i've never heard that either. usually they say 'thanks for waiting so long' or 'thanks for buying the album'.....damn




    agh, hyorin i wanted to be on your side for this....

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  104. My friend went to Japan and Korea last year. And to her surprise she found Korea very disappointing, eventhough she likes Kpop, culture and everything. And she'd rather prefer Japan. She told me that the japanese people were really nice and sweet. And that koreans were a bit rude/having a bad attitude.

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  105. I don't think you understood his article in it's entirety, only the parts you choose to focus on. He emphasized that she took the time to complete the interview with him which that in itself is an act.

    Furthermore, how would you know that she has a temper when you haven't met her. This is an example of judging a person without actually knowing them.

    To point out the journalist as biased is interesting since you're unable to realize your own beliefs which do not match with his. Her politeness you've ignored as "acts", which as you've stated is more important to you than words.

    It seems to be much more than just her words that have made people angry if they are constantly giving her all this hate for other things.

    Perhaps the goal of his article wasn't to teach you something or enlighten the readers. Maybe it was to be a catalyst for open-mindedness and non-reactive irrational judgements.

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  106. My thoughts exactly. She is just another rotten weaboo.

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  107. ooh? Hopefully you'll be able to meet nice koreans in the future.
    I myself am half korean soo lol but yeah there are some 'ehh' people out there, i shared some experiences as well.

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  108. Or that time Krystal looked like she was upset after an MC said "I heard Krystal was two-faced"

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  109. Nope, my uni classmate was Korean and when I asked him about a certain idol I liked, he read me a lecture about how worthless and embarrassing is this person to Korea. I caught a shock because at that time I didn't know Koreans dislike idols~

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  110. i agree, i'm always told that i look like i don't care when people are talking to me although i'm listening to them attentively.

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  111. I'm not implying the country *I* live in is picture-perfect, but South Korean society has serious issues regarding witch-hunting and anon-hating. The comments are not only stupid and irrelevant, but they were also upvoted a lot, meaning the article is popular and these comments aren't on top by luck.

    I don't know if these netizens are necessarily stupid, but they don't even stop to think what this article is about. Hyorin is used purely as an example for a greater societal issue, and yet all we get are comments like "You can't get rid of your iljin roots" with a +1,732!


    These people literally hate because it's their entertainment. They live in a society with strict rules and oppression, and instead of breaking free of it, they keep going at each others' throats the moment someone doesn't comply the way everyone else does. The very second you slip up you will be judged for the rest of your life - if you drank once or twice in your teen years, you will be condemned as a gangster forever. They don't believe in change and they don't believe people can change for the better (only the worse, which is weird) - the same way it seems their patriarchal and sexist traditions seem to be set in stone for all eternity.


    It's even worse for public figures - idols are treated as pieces of meat to hate, love, condemn, humiliate, etc., all because people find hating entertaining, and being entertaining is the idols' 'job.' Idols aren't particularly respected in the US either tbh, but if Korea tries to end a career of a gifted singer because of a single facial expression, you know there's an issue.

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  112. she never said that..those are what netizens made up


    the only thing she said was a person cannot smile 24/7 365 days


    watch the fancams haha

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  113. You just sound like a weaboo who is disappointed that normal koreans didn't give a shit about korean idols.
    #Bye

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  114. "when a person shows you who they are...believe them"


    i don't think it takes knowing someone on a personal level to judge. hell, even your closest friends can turn out to be your worst enemy. a person's defining moment is when they think no one's is paying attention.

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  115. I think you're lacking a common sense, dude~

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  116. you understand korean? the entire signing was filmed?

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  117. Most Korean Netizens are low-minded people!!! Gosh!! they are uneducated!!

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  118. Lmao the downvotes and the upvotes.. someone has multiple accounts!

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  119. aah got it, if i can recomend you try some of this artist : Kalafina, yuki kajiura in general, mika nakashima, MINMI, if you are into j-rock try acid black cherry etc
    somehow i like j-music a bit more, cause they have more diversity, i've been kpoper since 2006, and lately k-pop song become plain and somehow repetitive
    can you give me some k-pop/k-indie artist or song? i need more input ;_;
    sorry for ranting

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  120. These people need to get a life.
    They should have inquired why she had a long face instead of criticising her.
    Obviously the dumb ass Netizens think they are entitled.


    She just got up from a nap, big fucking deal.


    Well, I guess more pancakes for me. LOL

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  121. And you are a generalizing fool.

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  122. Meanwhile on another site someone is probably going on about how Japan is full of creeps. Sit the fuck down with your limited point of view, you're at the wrong k-pop site.

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  123. Are you really not afraid of an entertainment industry that ends a person's career like this over one facial expression?

    yes, i'm afraid.

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  124. I figured, I just know that "K-netz" get generalized a lot based on comments from these articles. Was trying to ungeneralize :)

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  125. The very moment the first comment had a word 'but' on it, i knew that the article's message was being ignored and they are busy trying to convey explanations how they are not at the wrong side. How? Why, by doing exactly what the article is criticising about: Their own 'views'.


    Excuse the generalisation, but apparently these bunch of k-netz: It is okay for them to criticise, but not okay for someone to critisize. When someone made a mistake, it is not okay for them to apologize and be forgiven but when they did, they have an apology and they are on the right side, so their excuse (not apology, ofc) have to be accepted.


    I don't really know what to think of it again.

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  126. I met many Koreans and Japanese tourist here. I see them daily in my work place and it just differ from people. Not all people in one nationality are what you assume. It just depends on the people you meet.

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  127. haha no i am not korean but thats what all the articles that has written up said..none of them said anything about her saying "lets leave early" or some shit like that


    the ONLY THING that was caught on the fancam was her straight face


    the "cannot smile 24/7" was from a fan account that got blown out of proportion


    but you can see that there was no tension at all from the fansign from all the fancams..the mood was actually pretty good..the girls just look tired thats all

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  128. Who the fuck is Sophia?

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  129. Unless you or somebody else can provide a clip showing Hyorin saying those exact words, then no it didn't happen and there's no point repeating that over and over like it's a fact.

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  130. Stop commenting to yourself. lol

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  131. ok ^^ i understand.

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  132. I'm not in the wrong site, calm down dude~

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  133. I will always be there to fight for you Hyorin.

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  134. You know what? I actually wouldn't mind if some of the girls in kpop had an attitude, netizens have far too much power. They need to be shut up. Just let them have a bitchfest. I would love it.

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  135. Yes, you are~~~~
    Seriously, this Korea vs Japan bs? Take that to an anime forum or some shit.

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  136. if you don't want to repeat it...then don't. oh and btw, i never said it happened i was asking

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  137. Ms. Lee JonghyunJuly 17, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Well this journalist clearly has more sense than the netizen's commenting. When I heard about this controversy, I had to scoff. It's a joke what these people get riled up about these days. In the western world, the teen idol who 80% of pre-teen girls look up to was caught pissing in a bucket in a public dining establishment, but still go on and have a prosperous career. Whereas in Korea, it's like it's a crime for a celebrity not to smile.


    You know, it's ironic, because they say they want to see a more realistic side to these artists. But when these artists are honest and act naturally, people hate on them because they aren't fulfilling their misconceptions.



    Jesus, this so called 'scandal'... I hope this article gets to some people at least. Because people are getting more and more sensitive as days go by.

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  138. Isn't there a site for Korean that translate this site? The one that trans the comments in korean? I just wanted to say that if the admin came and translate this post of mine, no, we are not japanese (though one or two might be, idk), and no the bad words here are not because we hate korea or some other patriotic and political background reason.


    We just think that some of y'all is really stupid and got nothing better to do if a facial expression actually made it to a 2000+ likes, that's it. I'm not even defending the idol right now, even though personally, i think she did nothing wrong as well. I just think some of you really need to look at your life and your choices.

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  139. That picture of Hyorin........ugly

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  140. Ms. Lee JonghyunJuly 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    My mam always looks like she's frowning lol

    Netizen's would eat her alive XD

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  141. Kpop_Till_I_DropJuly 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    *sigh* they didn't get the point of the article at all...but what else is new when it comes to kneitzens. A bunch of upvotes because they believe idols are machines and not humans and couldn't possibly have emotions or a bad day...God forbid!

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  142. Today I (finally) watched Shinhwa broadcast with Sistar.. and Hyorin really seems down to earth to me. She says it as it is. She's honest and blunt. She doesn't seem like most idols that are careful about every single thing and don't answer things truthfully, she just says what she honestly thinks.

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  143. So much stupidity on both the kroean and international side.

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  144. They are addicted to writing hate comments they did not even read the article

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  145. If you guys think comments like this are going to make the k-netz turn around, then oh boy. lol.

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  146. When a foreigner shows appreciation towards your country's music, the majority of ppl would be somehow proud, even if they don't like it personally. I guess knets are different~

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  147. from the first two sentence, i sense bitching. can someone kindly explain what this article is abt. Thanks :)

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  148. DID NONE OF THE NETIZEN READ THE ARTICLE?! GOSH THIS IS ANNOYING -.-


    I hope Hyorin is okay. She must always take all this shit because she is apperantly "ugly" too!! I just don't get sometimes. I will support her because my personality is really like hers. I always look mad and people have spread rumors about me bullying my bestfriend or something... like what?!

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  149. Kpop_Till_I_DropJuly 17, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Exactly! If they are on a witch hunt because of a facial expression god knows what would happen if one of these idols did half the things American idols did or do! That bucket thing....and many of the other things he's been swept up in lately...sigh...JB has really been on a different level lately..

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  150. Just another netizenJuly 17, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    ^ LMAO that. Like what girl wouldn't look angry or sad about that?

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  151. More reason to make fun of them.

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  152. have the Sulli incident left forgotten by knet or what

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  153. Lmfao yeah, i'm sure the average American who isn't a teenage girl would act the same over someone like Justin beiber. I don't get this singleing out country thing, it's sad to know you went to uni with that lack of intelligence.

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  154. Just another netizenJuly 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Nope they're hating about that too. Go look at the f(x) comeback article.

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  155. Lol I think people think that I have multiple accounts or something. Gosh what is wrong with you people? Claiming that someone makes several accounts just because several outside people disagree with what you say? Wow.

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  156. Jumping to conclusions.



    I don't know what they get from all this hate O.O

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  157. I know and then netizens had the nerve to say that she needs to fix her attitude. I'm just like, what the fuck?

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  158. YOU HAVEN'T MET ANY KOREANS YET SO WHY ARE YOU ACTING LIKE YOU CAN COMPARE

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  159. I doubt they'd leave a chance to hate.

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  160. This kind of article will make knetz pisses more to hyorin. They would ask 'who is she that need a shield article like this?'. They dont care she apologized or not, they only care theres some reason to hate her now so they would hate her as long as they want.

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  161. It looks like a group of bored idiots. If anyone is using multiple accounts it's prob the people who agree with fool.

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  162. Well every country has there problems. So does Japan.
    Also you can't generalise a whole county because of a few people, they are all individuals after all.

    I mean by comparison, when I visited Korea everyone I met were super nice.
    People would go out of their way to speak what little English they knew to make sure you understood. When asking for directions, rather then just pointing us in the right direction, a person walked as all the way to the subway station that we couldn't find etc.

    So what I'm saying is all countries are made up of good and bad people. And all countries have their social problems. It's not like people there aren't trying to change things.

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  163. How old are you? How would you know which uni I went to? Or do you lack arguments and start attacking ppl on a personal level? Grow up, how is anyone supposed to take you seriously? America is not the whole world so you know~

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  164. Just another netizenJuly 17, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Yeah, what was she supposed to do? Suck it up, say she's sorry for seemingly to come off like that and NOT be upset? Like...realistically...>.>



    If anyone called me two-faced, I'd totally be ready to bitch at that person cause' it's totally uncalled for. >.>

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  165. Gull, I know how you feel. U_U

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  166. Anyone who generalizes a whole race doesn't deserve respect.

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  167. Just another netizenJuly 17, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Random note: LMAO I love your name XD


    Actually relevant to your comment: Yeah, netizens always forget the apologies.

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  168. Calm down bro T_T

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  169. Lol what the hell is this? My name is Sophia Yang, a Korean-American, who does not make several accounts to make myself look better. Why would I do that? I don't need other comments to agree with me to make myself feel better.

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  170. Just another netizenJuly 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    LMAO...if K-netz saw what some American celebrities have done: drugs, sex scandals, cheating scandals, etc. etc. I think they'd have a heart attack already XD lmaoooo XD

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  171. Just another netizenJuly 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Overreaction from the K-netz.

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  172. I'm a joke~~~~~~?
    Tell me more~~~~~
    "America isn't he whole world"? when did I mention the whole world?

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  173. It's difficult to be calm when some people are saying stupid things and other stupid people just agree because they like the sound of the words.

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  174. second time a jurnalist calls out netizens on their BS but netizens still wont admit their stupidity...

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  175. Hello defensive netizens. Can't they read the article and the read their comments again and find at least a bit embarrassing? Oh well.

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  176. I was actually talking about how your comment had downvotes when it was common sense, some trolls have multiple accounts.

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  177. Sigh I just can't lol what is this...

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  178. wtf is wrong with these netizens..just cause she looks like that doesn't mean she's disrespectful & rude. This is how they treat Krystal too T__T this is the stupidest scandal..idiots

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  179. "...she lives off of her fans. She should be treating them preciously."

    They make it seem as if the fans send her money monthly while she is at home lying on a couch watching dramas and eating chips

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  180. Please, you think reading a comment form random Americans saying "look at your life choices" is actually going to make them do it?

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  181. whyaminotmarriedtoraviJuly 17, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Basically...they're as stubborn as the bags at the vegetable aisle. Nice try though, journalist. I give you props.

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  182. O lol my bad, I got confused in this mess of comments. I don't even know why I continue to reply when it just leads to more frustration. Sigh.

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  183. Just another netizenJuly 17, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    LOL it's the same concept as "businesses live off of consumers". They should treat us preciously. LMAO...businesses could care less about us, they're more in it for the money. They just try their best to appease us with their products and services to create a loyal customer.

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  184. Me and my little sister met some Korean tourists once. They were going all crazy about her cause she was 2 and really adorable. They gave her some sweets and took pictures with her and were telling me how adorable she looked and that her eyes were huge. I couldn't understand half of the things they said, but they were pretty nice to me. As it was my beginner days as a k-pop fan then, it was the best day of my life.



    Well, every country has bad people and good people I guess. Now that I am seeing a whole new side of some Koreans I wonder what I have been obsessive over all these days, whether it's worth it or not. But I'm gonna brush it off as this is not the general public but a handful of them and that there are good ones too.

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  185. Just another netizenJuly 17, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Just to clarify: not all of us on here are American. But go on with the rest of your point :)

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  186. Maybe she was PMSing that time.

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  187. letting me go~&gt;~&amp;gtJuly 17, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    So much overreaction. But I haven't even seen the video yet. Can someone link me?

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  188. yes that would be true... or just really tired!!

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  189. Because its just worthless mediaplay trying to save some diva aka Hyorin. Nobody needs a diva.

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  190. RIP in peace Sistar.

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  191. Well the key thing that's annoying about attitude/behavior-related controversies like this is that the ones whining are hardly ever the ones that are actual fans of the group. Actually, the backlash would be waaaay more meaningful if it was legit Star1's complaining since they're the ones that do the most to support Sistar.

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