On a recent episode of the MBC variety show ‘Omniscient‘, which is supposed to provide a look at the lives of managers of celebrities, Hong Jin Young drew the ire of netizens for her actions. The criticism essentially boiled down to complaining about her trying too hard to be entertaining for television.
1. [+1,617, -123] Did you all watch the episode….? ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ She treated her managers like slaves, especially the maknae manager, I felt so bad for him… They had to do whatever she told them to do and she’d order them to do it until they did it if they refused ㅋㅋㅋ I used to be her fan because she’s cute and pretty but I think she needs to watch it
1. [+8,416, -610] Have to admit this makes her less liked… being an energizer is great but going overboard just exhausts everyone around you
Rather than take their word for it, I went to watch the video of her being a tyrant.
I’m all for supporting the labor behind the celebrities since they get paid shit and do a ton of unappreciated work … but I don’t get it. Putting aside the likely reality that this is all a bit for television suggested by the producers to begin with, criticizing her for being a tryhard that’s eager to please who comes off as slightly annoying is kinda weird since those are the traits that made her famous to begin with.
Regardless, as is Korean entertainment tradition, she released an apology.
“I apologize to the viewers who felt uncomfortable watching ‘Omniscient’ last night. Because we filmed only in the car, I believe I went overboard and acted excessively. I will become someone who works harder.”
Sweet, at least that’s straightened out. Glad netizens have saved her managers from her terror since they clearly resent doing this, as evidenced by literally the previous two posts before her apology.