Editor calls netizens out on their bullshit, netizens deny everything

Article: [Jang Woo Chul Column] How we deal with the celebrities we hate

Source: Jang Woo Chul Column via Naver

Editorial by a GQ Korea editor that talks about how the public/netizens don't really care at all about what the celebrity is really about or the truth about whatever scandal they're in because they're so preoccupied with the image/notion they've set for them and how nothing can change that. Once they target them as someone they hate, nothing can change their minds otherwise.

He mentions that popularity (with fangirls) is ultimately a weapon of power for celebrities and uses Yoo Seung Jun as an example, saying that fans who would normally defend other celebrities in other crimes never leave comments like, "Shut up, our oppa has no crime!" on his articles, leaving him basically helpless and in the situation he's in now.

Park Shi Hoo is also mentioned as an example of the public/netizens not really caring at all about the truth of the scandal but just about the opportunity for another hate session. He points out their hypocrisy, noting that they 'ended his career' the minute the scandal broke out only to turn around and 'call him handsome' the day he turned up for investigations and new pictures came out.

"The truth of the article or the intent of the journalist is never the issue. As long as they are unanimous in their hate for a celebrity, the game is already over. This is the world of our public."

At the same time, he acknowledges the power they have over them as celebrities ultimately rely on them for their careers since they are the consumers of their product.

He also talks about the sheep mentality behind the public in that people never become 'haters' of a certain celebrity just because they don't like them, they become haters by seeing other people hate them and following suit.


1. [+732, -49] People who hate T-ara all have the same reason

2. [+591, -62] This is bullsh*t

3. [+443, -59] Talk about trying to act like a scholar ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Just because you're an editor, you think you're above the public and the celebrities, like you're somehow standing above us all and looking down at us fools? You're the ones scavenging for any gossip about celebrities like dirty hyenas

4. [+430, -52] It's a good thing this is a column editorial because this is absolutely and entirely your own personal opinion

5. [+191, -9] It's really interesting to me how journalists and editors always act as if they're outside the realm of the public/public sentiment. They act like we're all so pathetic because they're above us all when they're the ones that sit, copy, paste, write a few words, and call something an article that is only meant to stir up the public and also represent public opinion at the same time.

6. [+150, -4] The relationship between the public and celebrities is quite ironic. It doesn't matter how much the public hates them because they'll always be richer and live lavish lives... but at the same time, their entire career is over once the public decides it's over.

7. [+108, -11] The journalist is trying too hard to make himself sound smart by sticking in random examples... but the entire point of his article is that he basically hates the public for hating on celebrities.

8. [+73, -7] I think the public is pretty unanimous with T-ara ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

9. [+38, -2] Celebrities exist to sell their images as a product to the public so the public has every right to judge them however they choose. Celebrities who get hated on just sold the wrong product.

10. [+38, -2] Looks like I won't be reading this column anymore.

11. [+36, -2] His point about popularity being the ultimate weapon is right.

12. [+25, -1] If people don't like someone, they should just stop caring about them. I'm not saying put them down but don't invest yourself so emotionally into their affairs. If they get hurt, just leave it at "Oh, they got hurt." Don't start saying crap like, "Wow, I always hated that b*tch, she was always so cocky, this is great, she deserves it!"