EDITORIAL: Thoughts behind the extortion and rape accusations towards Co-ed's Kangho
UPDATE: Agency clears 'rape-dol' rumours as accuser admits lie.
Kang Ho of Co-ed is in deep waters right now. The gravity of a rape claim isn’t exactly a light issue, but the situation has turned even more suspicious after a second allegation has come out. The public simply will not be able to let this blow over until the truth reveals itself and the victim (whoever it may be) receives justice.
As much interest as the scandal is garnering in and of itself, I find the reaction of the general public to be of equal interest. It seems that when any scandal of this magnitude breaks out, the immediate response of the public is to side with the idol. On one hand, I’m not at all shocked. The sad truth is that Koreans are completely unsurprised that someone might try to use a means like this to ruin an idol’s career. The anti-culture in Korea is, well, crazy and let’s just say... a force to be reckoned with. There are probably few other countries that terrorize their celebrities in the same way that this country does. I won’t say this isn’t a perplexing phenomenon, but it’s probably a whole separate issue to be talked about.
I do get it. I understand where the skepticism comes from and why people feel inclined to be dubious about anything netizens have to say, but I am also going to go ahead and say that this is absolutely not a reason to discredit what the alleged victim is saying. It is not okay to try to silence and minimize someone just because of your entrenched bias.
Comments like this leave me enraged: “Even if Kangho oppa really did rape someone just think of it as a young boy’s immature curiosity and keep supporting him and remind him that we’re here for him.” I guess I’d like to pose the question: If this happened to your sibling or perhaps your closest friend, would you tell them the same thing? How can behavior like this be excused by saying someone was too young or naive to understand the implications of their actions? Rape can be one of the most traumatizing experiences that a person goes through. Even if a person is able to recover from the trauma, they will never forget that it happened because of the imprint it leaves on their life. Senseless comments like these are not only insensitive but insulting to every rape victim and every person who has ever been victimized.
What I am pleading for right now is to be fair to both sides. At this point, it would probably be better to reserve your judgment until a full investigation is carried out. With such minimal information available, both sides, including the one that doesn’t support what you believe, deserve the benefit of the doubt.
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