As expected, the recent political tensions between Japan and Korea have boiled over into their respective entertainment industries, and why not, right? Hell, who wouldn’t want political input from a bunch of kids who get paid to be half naked on stage?
Well anyway, the Korean media seems intent on hyping up this alleged anti-Hallyu Wave movement going on in Japan even if their own celebrities don’t think so.
The first victim of such policy changes is Song Il Guk. Previously on August 15, Song Il Guk participated in “Swim to Dokdo” celebrating the Independence Day of Korea. After this event, Japanese satellite TV broadcasting companies BS Nitpon and BS Japan postponed airing shows featuring Song Il Guk. Moreover, the deputy foreign minister Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi announced, “I’m sorry but it’ll be hard for him to come to Japan from now on. I think this is how the japanese people feel.”
Victim? He made his bed and now he has to lay in it. Props to him for standing up for what he believes in, but if you’re gonna piss people off who make the decisions in a country you’re trying to profit off of, then there are going to be consequences for that. Welcome to … uh … life?
It’ll help his popularity in Korea at least.
Other hallyu stars are also getting affected by recent political tension in Japan. Jang Geun Suk’s press conference for Sumimoto Mitsui credit card was scheduled for August 22, but was postponed until further notice. Some media outlets are continuously reporting stories on hallyu stars like Bae Yong Joon, Kwon Sang Woo, and Girls Generation‘ and their previous performances or known political stance regarding Dokdo, trying to propagandize against them.
Notice that they don’t cite the specific media outlets? That’s because it’s all the Japanese tabloids reporting it … because they’re tabloids. Of course, mainstream Korean media are tabloids themselves, hence their reporting on dubious shit like this.
According to a news report made in Japan on August 28, a lot of hallyu fans are rejecting “hallyu boycott” altogether. Famous hallyu fan and writer Minori Kitahara wrote, “Politics and culture have no relationship whatsoever. I hope the politicians don’t try to take away women’s joy by continuing this meaningless fight.” Another fan wrote, “If the sovereignty conflict wipes hallyu stars out of Japan, there will be civil war. All the housewives are going to come out onto the streets and protest!”
Wow, it’s almost as if the Japanese public … doesn’t give a shit about this or something! But hey, why let that stop you from reporting on it like the National Enquirer, right?
And that leads to the next story, which is about the Japanese foreign affairs secretary Gemba Koichiro allegedly throwing away his KARA shit.
The source told, “Foreign affairs secretary Koichiro Gemba stated ‘President Lee Myung Bak‘s visit to Takeshima (Dokdo‘s Japanese name) is an unlawful occupation’ at the congress meeting. After the meeting, he came into the waiting area and let out a deep sigh. After the congress passed a bill to submit official complaint regarding president Lee’s recent visit to Takeshima, Gemba threw out all of his favorite Kara CDs.”
The visual of this is fucking hilarious.
“OH GOD, WHAT ARE THEY DOING?! THESE POLITICS ARE UNFORGIVABLE!
WHERE’S ALL MY KARA SHIT?! I GOTTA DUMP IT RIGHT MEOW!”
So shit is hitting the fan, right? Japan fucking hates Hallyu Wave, right?
Jang Geun Suk says … nah.
A representative from Jang Geun Suk’s management, Tree-J Entertainment, told OSEN, “The Sumitomo Mitsui Card press conference has been postponed in order to make solid preparations.” And further stated, “This delay is not the result of the anit-hally movement.”
The official continued, “Jang Geun Suk has experienced similar changes in the past where scheduled events become delayed or even cancelled. This really isn’t a big deal.”
A scheduling change that happens all the time?! Not a wide reaching conspiracy theory?! Not a big deal?!
Well fuck, that’s boring, huh? I guess rational thinking can be.
Maybe the next story will be about Jang Geun Suk being a traitor or something.