Both countries feel that they are the rightful owner, and many citizens have voiced their opinions on the matter. Many celebrities, however, have been receiving negative criticisms for their comments on the situation.
Earlier in August, Super Junior’s Siwon re-tweeted a post made by South Korean president Lee Myungbak, which said that Dokdo belongs to South Korea and that they must fight to keep it. For this, Siwon received a lot of slack. Siwon’s father also criticized Japan on his Twitter account, which caused even more insults to be flung at his son.
Many Japanese fans of Super Junior showed their disapproval towards Siwon, with some even claiming that they would throw eggs at the singer during their next fan meeting. Fans stated, “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’s Gyuri underwent a similar situation, but for different reasons entirely. During a conference for the group’s latest album, “Pandora,” the members were asked about their opinion on the Dokdo matter. Gyuri answered, “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.”
Despite dodging the controversial question, Korean netizens were upset with Kara, Gyuri particularly, for only caring about making money and not supporting their country.
No matter what they do, idols will receive criticism for voicing their opinions. Should idols even be asked about their opinions if they’ll just be insulted about it afterwards? What are your thoughts on this matter?