K-Pop Group Kara: Goo Hara Found Dead Dec 3, 2019 20:32:03 GMT
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Both Sulli and Goo recently had been victims of cyberbullying, receiving hateful comments as false rumors about them spread online. Sulli had been outspoken about freedom of choice to not wear bras and joined a feminist campaign, viewed as brave decisions in a still-conservative society.
Goo was criticized online and accused of having plastic surgery, to which she later publicly admitted. She also endured a scandalous breakup with a boyfriend, a hair designer who allegedly threatened to expose her by using a sex tape.
Many who succeed in K-pop do so as teens, training fiercely and coming of age knowing only the world of show business.
"The problem is, when idols act immaturely, the public doesn't view them as minors and is consequently much less forgiving when they make even little mistakes," Choi Ji-eun, a pop culture columnist, told ABC News. "They are in constant fear that other people will hate them."
As idols are subject to stricter moral and ethical standards, they often become the center of gossip and suffer from severe criticism as well as cyberbullying when they are involved in unwanted scandals, Kim added.
"Idols are, despite their young age, influential figures with wealth and fame, and, as a result, are recognized as individuals who are vicariously realizing the youth's hopes and dreams," Kim continued. "At the same time, however, they are the subject of jealousy. In South Korea, celebrities, including young idols, are held to much higher standards, which can cause intense amount of stress."