Korea’s Entertainment Industry Undergoes Drastic Changes Brought On By “Bullying” Scandals

“It’s thanks to the brave voices of victims that we are seeing change.”

Entertainment contracts have reportedly undergone a drastic change due to controversies surrounding celebrities who have been alleged to have bullied their classmates.

According to an OSEN news report released on February 7, it has become commonplace for entertainment contracts to now include a stipulation that wasn’t there before.

According to the report, until recently, there were no contract clauses addressing the fallout that can occur when a celebrity is alleged to have been a bully. That is until now.

The report states that not only is there now a condition addressing bullying but a stipulation that states that the production company reserves the right to sue for compensation in the case a celebrity causes harm to a project due to scandals has now become commonplace.

Scandals that may trigger the clause include but are not limited to those surrounding drugs, crimes sexual in nature, driving under the influence, and controversies regarding a celebrity’s military service.

School bullying has maligned the entertainment industry for years. Reports state that the issue first became a major issue in 2020 and has since caused heartbreak and feelings of betrayal from fans, sponsors, and production companies alike.

Netizens welcomed the change stating that they didn’t want to see any bullies or criminals, for that matter, gain fame and wealth at the expense of audiences’ trust and the pain of their victims. Many netizens also praised the contract clauses as signs of change in the industry’s attitudes toward bullies.

  • “I can’t stand bully celebrities who act nice, LOL. I can’t concentrate on the drama.”
  • “It’s thanks to the brave voices of victims that we are seeing change.”
  • “Don’t think you’ll walk the path of success after trampling on the lives of others.”
  • “Cancel all of the bullies.”
  • “It’s so great to see a change in the industry.”
  • “Just cancel all criminals, ㅠㅠ. They are such bad influences.”
  • “I think bullying is the number one reason for cancellation.”
  • “It’s good to see things change one by one.”

What are your thoughts?

Source: osen and theqoo