Source: Sports South Korea (http://news.nate.com/view/20090625n02244)
Reporter: jjstar@ sportshankook.co.kr
Korean to Chinese : wonchun http://tieba.baidu.com/f?kz=598775963 2009-6-25 11:08
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[Trans] [News] 2009-06-25 Bae Yong Joon “I loathe the blow of political winds”
“not involved in politics. . .”
“attending ‘Touring S Korea Year’ related conference, an invitation from the Cheong Wa Dae ( Presidential Office).
Bae Yong Joon stated.
The CF of “Dae Han News” starring Jang Dong Min and Kim Tae Hee also received a similar reproach. Recently a number of celebrities have been dragged into the political spotlight. On the 24th of June the talk of the town revolved around celebrities Bae Yong Joon, Kim Tae Hee and Jang Dong Min etc and politics.
Bae Yong Joon became the focal point when he quietly appeared in Cheong Wa Dae on the 23rd. Kim Tae Hee , Jang Dong Min and other comedians were on the < 2009 Dae Han News>. In February, after the news about Big Bang being invited by Cheong Wa Dae to sing the patriotic ‘Rap Song’ came out, Big Bang were suddenly the target of a lot of negative attention.
Of all these encounters, the most representative is Bae Yong Joon, who has been appointed as the promotional ambassador of the ‘Touring S Korea Year’.
He paid a visit to Cheong Wa Dae on the 23rd. Bae Yong Joon’s agency stated that the inquiries were not merely from the industry, but from every corner of the general public. Being the promotional ambassador attending workers meeting and discussions, it’s never crossed anyone’s mind that this would cause such an intense response. BYJ had no intention to meet President Lee, however many were looking at the matter with different colored glasses on.
As soon as the news that Bae Yong Joon had showed up in Cheong Wa Dae's was reported, many second guessed that perhaps Bae Yong Joon was going to accompany President Lee in his forthcoming visit to Japan..
It is perfectly natural for celebrities and politicians to be interconnected. The general public are fond of celebrities, while they face the people honestly, the society entrust them with certain responsibilities. But the present situation is quite the contrary. So long as it involves politics, no matter that it is self promoting or for reward, celebrities are often the target of public opinion, accusations and even attacks.
Regarding that Bae Yong Joon will accompany President Lee to attend the S Korea and Japanese Summit meeting, Bae Yong Joon’s agency have stated that this is totally false and groundless.
When celebrities get a lot of attention from the public, any political involvements can also bring on a negative backlash from the public. Some show business related figurehead has said regrettably that a celebrity is also a citizen, a human being. Given even I could get a bit of political coloring. However whether the celebrity is involved for the purpose of self promoting or for reward, if they show a bit of political color, the celebrity will be on the receiving end of attacks. I personally don’t think this is correct behavior.