This letter is in response to the article relating to Kim Jonghyun’s demise printed beneath The Varsity’s Arts & Tradition Part. I would love so that you can reply to this letter, or at the least acknowledge it, whether or not you resolve to publish it or not.
The title of the article alone virtually put me off. However I learn it as a result of I wished to see what The Varsity needed to say a few demise that shook quite a few followers — together with me — all over the world to their very core.
I used to be angered and saddened to search out: not a lot.
As a Okay-Pop fan, I agree that the Korean leisure business isn’t with out its issues, however there’s a time and place to jot down about it.
Kim Jonghyun, earlier than he was an idol, was a human. And when a human dies, we keep in mind them for all the great they did, we attempt to consolation their family members, and attempt to come to phrases with our personal mortality. By no means as soon as on this article did the writer point out Jonghyun’s help for his followers, for his colleagues, and for LGBTQ youth in Korea, or his achievements as a soloist or member of SHINee — an extremely profitable South Korean boy group. The writer simply wrote him off as “considered one of Okay-Pop’s biggest skills” and left it at that.
The writer wrote that in discussions of Jonghyun’s demise, “absent, nevertheless, was any diploma of in-depth dialog about why it was that Jonghyun felt “damaged from the within,” as he wrote in his suicide word.”
The writer apparently didn’t see the heartfelt letters by quite a few Okay-Pop followers posted on-line that expressed remorse upon not having the ability to assist Jonghyun as a lot as he had helped them and inspired these struggling silently that they weren’t alone. Neither did the writer see Okay-pop followers urging one another to signal on-line petitions demanding Korean leisure corporations to offer idols fundamental human rights in addition to psychological well being help.
“Jonghyun recognized fame as the precise cause he ended his life,” the writer continued.
Jonghyun suffered from melancholy. He was extremely open about it and whereas his hectic idol life in addition to the stigma surrounding psychological well being could have brought about his melancholy to worsen, to color fame as the only reason for his demise is extremely irresponsible.
The article exploring Kim Jonghyun’s demise defined Jonghyun’s demise in two paragraphs to get to its foremost level — how poisonous and dangerous the Korean entertainmemt business is. This level is patronizing and Othering — sure, the Korean leisure business is poisonous and dangerous, however the writer could be laborious pressed to call one leisure business on the planet that’s not. Would it not be applicable for a Korean writer to lament the darkish aspect of Hollywood uponChester Bennington’s demise? Upon Carrie Fisher’s demise?
The writer additionally cited “YouTubers Simon and Martina Stawski” as sources, who’re poor sources. Each these Youtubers have been referred to as out repeatedly for utilizing Korean tradition for revenue; regardless of dwelling in Korea, they allegedly didn’t even trouble to study Korean past fundamental phrases.
We completely have to have conversations about psychological well being and the stigma surrounding it in South Korea in addition to the poisonous nature of the Okay-Pop business. Maybe in a much less Othering, much less demonizing, much less condescending method, nevertheless, that in no circumstances embrace the phrases “I wish to hope that one thing constructive might come out of the demise of Kim Jong-hyun“, and undoubtedly not proper when the injuries from Jonghyun’s premature demise are nonetheless recent within the minds of followers and his family members.
All Jonghyun — and his followers — want to listen to is that he did effectively.