I’ve been meaning to write this article for the last few weeks but couldn’t find the time until now.
Above video was taken on February 26, 2015, when Lee Byung Hun and his pregnant wife returned to South Korea from the U.S.A. in the early hours of the morning (flight delayed). In spite of the odd hour, the K-media were out in force. This was LBH’s first public appearance after the outbreak of his sex scandal.
[ED: If you’re not familiar with this sordid affair, please see this link:
As soon as he stepped out of the arrivals area at Incheon, LBH apologized to the Korean public.
[English translation of LBH’s speech by H.A.T.]
“I should have apologized to the public earlier, but I didn’t do so, for which I apologize to everyone.
As a public figure, as head of a family, I have disappointed you all. I should have apologized earlier; I’m really very sorry.
This incident started with me, so I should shoulder all blame.
I understand fully why you’re disappointed in me. My mistake was in wasting all that time.
Because many people are disappointed in me, I am seriously and deeply engaged in self-reflection, and I will continue to do so.
Above all, I have committed an unforgivable sin against my family, for which I can’t atone for even with my whole life.
I have also received a lot of reproaches. Today let me take this opportunity to publicly apologize to the public. Sorry!” (Bow)
As soon as I saw this video, I understood why PSH is still not allowed to make his comeback in Korea.
He has not apologized to the Korean public.
When a big star like Lee Byung Hun had to swallow his pride and publicly apologize, it is obvious that this is the standard protocol in Korea.
In the LBH court case, he was the plaintiff, not the accused. He was being blackmailed, never mind he supplied the fodder.
In the PSH case, he was the accused (even though he was innocent, as we all know.) He caused a social scandal with his escapade.
And he never apologized.
The nearest he came to apologizing was having Hoo Factory issue a statement just before he returned to Korea from the U.S.A. in early October 2013.
[ED: Please see our old post:
But this is not good enough for Korea. The “sinner” must prostrate himself before the Korean public and beg for forgiveness.
I can see clearly where PSH is coming from. Why should he apologize when he has not done anything wrong? He was wronged! He was framed! Any fair-minded person can see this. Anyone but the myopic Korean public who was out for blood.
I admire PSH for his stiff backbone (what the Chinese call 骨氣）。He would not compromise his integrity and pride for kimchi (in Chinese it is 不為五斗米折腰 – not bow for 5 bushels of rice, not kowtow for a handout.)
Fast-forward to March 2015. Has anything changed? Not really. The Korean public is as unforgiving as ever (even though there’s nothing to forgive.) The K-entertainment big shots are still of one mind in “freezing” PSH (even though the young’uns currently in vogue only look pretty but can’t really act.)
As I said before, 此處不留人，自有留人處 (If one is not allowed to stay in this place, there are always other places.) If Korea would not allow PSH to practice his considerable acting talent, there are many countries, notably China and Japan, who welcome him with open arms. PSH does not have to restrict himself to being a Korean actor; he can be an international star, as he indeed is already.
But to someone who is as proud of and as loyal to South Korea as PSH (remember the tie he wore at the Xinjiang Auto Show? with the colors of the Korean flag?) not being able to work in his own country is tantamount to exile.
However popular he is in Japan, however successful he is in China, I think he would in a heartbeat give everything up in exchange for a chance to act in a Korean drama again.
But if he has to cringe like the grim-faced LBH, to fawn on the Korean public, to say things they want to hear, to belie his own conscience, I believe he would rather go back to Buyeo to farm his ancestor’s land. After all, he has already built his Ark there^^
(Credits: Video from http://ettoday.net. Thanks!)
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