Since last October, the #MeToo social campaign has been sweeping the entertainment biz, inspiring others to come forward with their own accounts outing major Hollywood stars. It was only a matter of time before the Weinstein effect snowballed into the K-pop industry – and it’s finally here, with allegations against several high-profile actors and entertainers coming to light day after day. In light of the ongoing movement, fellow celebrities have also been stepping out to join the conversation.
The f(x) member has always been vocal about standing up for issues she care about, and she couldn’t have said it any better. One of the first Korean celebrities to speak up about the topic, Amber took to Instagram back in October to show her support for the movement: “It happens everywhere, even [in Korea]. I want to add my voice as well. Not only from what I have experienced but also from what I have seen my friends and loved ones have to go through… and because it’s so common, I hate to say it.. the feelings became so numb and we all felt that we just had to ‘deal with it. As the human race, let’s continue to show love, compassion and respect towards one another.” Say it louder, Amber!
Apart from being total girl crush material, we love that Sunmi has never been one to shy away from addressing controversial topics. In a recent interview, the former Wonder Girls member opened up about the double standards of being a female idol. “It’s a difficult world for women to live in because the standards for a female artiste are strict. Whether it’s dating scandals, personal abuse or sexual harassment, the blow is even bigger for female celebrities just by looking at the comments section. I wanted to be reserved about it, but it made me so mad these days. It gets unfair sometimes.” ‘Nuff said, Sunmi is the ‘Heroine’ we all deserve.
During the recent press conference for her upcoming drama My Husband, Mr. Oh!, UEE commented: “As I read things online, I feel sad and shocked thinking that such things have happened. As a woman, I would like to voice my support.” The former After School member is the latest celebrity to get on board with the campaign, and we sure hope more stars will follow suit.
Kim Tae Ri
In a televised broadcast with Newsroom, Kim Tae Ri expresses how she relates to the movement as an actress who started out in small plays. “I think I felt more of those feelings because I know all too well about the perpetrators’ social positions and that their power is too great. I do not dare assume that I know how much pain the victims feel,” she shared. “However, I know the horrible structure that would make me also have to be silent if I were in that situation. I think this series of events is a miracle. I hope that this kind of movement doesn’t just end with exposures and apologies, but will result in creating a better society.”
It’s not just the female celebrities who are taking a stand for themselves – BTOB’s Hyunsik is one of those who openly advocated for women’s rights. A 2013 interview resurfaced in light of the recent events, where the then 21-year-old revealed that he detests “people who are like trash and commit crimes against women because they believe women are weaker”. And for a rookie idol who was merely one year into his career, it’s refreshing to see Hyunsik shedding light on the issue.
With more and more celebrities speaking up about #MeToo, we hope it will keep the conversation moving forward and spark a change. If you or someone you know have faced sexual assault, please seek help by calling the Sexual Assault Care Centre at 6779 0282.
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