KARA and Super Junior’s Siwon receive criticism in relation to Dokdo dispute between Korea and Japan
Recently, tension between Korea and Japan heightened due to the controversy surrounding the sovereignty of Dokdo, a group of islets located in the Sea of Japan. With both countries claiming ownership of the islets, comments made by public figures in regards to the issue have been widely reported by the media and criticized by the general public. Because of this, many celebrities have been under fire for their comments, or lack thereof, in relation to the problem.
Earlier in the month, Super Junior's Siwon was heavily criticized as he re-tweeted a message posted by South Korean president Lee Myungbak, who said that Dokdo belongs to South Korea and thus they must fight to protect it. Additionally, Siwon's father had also been criticizing Japan on his personal twitter, adding fuel to the fire at the expense of his son's image.
In response, Super Junior's Japanese fans expressed disappointment towards Siwon, even going as far as threatening to throw eggs at Siwon during the group's recent visit to Japan for a fan meeting. The fans expressed, "We know that the government in Japan and Korea don't think alike, and that's not something that can be controlled, but there is no need to discuss it on Twitter."
KARA also suffered the same fate, but for an opposite reason. During the press conference for the group's new album, "Pandora," the members were asked about their views on the Dokdo issue, to which Park Gyuri replied, "We haven’t been promoting in Korea for a long time, but we have received a lot of love from the fans in Japan, so we’re very grateful."
Although Park Gyuri successfully dodged the question, Korean netizens criticized KARA for only caring about making money and not willing to support their home country.
Given the two incidents, it appears that celebrities are likely to face criticism regardless of the response they give. Where do you think the problem lies?
Source: Chinatimes, Ming Pao News, and @siwon407