You don’t bring me flowers anymore
This is a follow-up to our earlier post:
No news is not good news where PSH is concerned.
“No news is good news” applies only when you are expecting bad news and are relieved when none is forthcoming.
Every time the doctor says she wants to speak to me (alone), I brace myself and half-expect her to say “This is the end.” Once she told me, “This should have been the end but he’s surviving on borrowed time.” So, no news is good news.
In the case of PSH, he’s not coming to the end of his acting career. On the contrary, he’s trying to make a comeback.
To paraphrase Dylan Thomas,
Do not go gentle into that good night
Stay, stay to the bitter end and fight
PSH has been in the pits and he has clawed his way out. His own tenacity was of course the major factor, but the loyalty of his fans was an important contributing element.
“Some” of his fans, I should say. It is a fact that he lost many fans during his ordeal. Those who stayed, however, are the rarest of breeds — enduringly faithful, infinitely patient, abidingly loving, all-forgiving, all-embracing.
But love has to be nourished. We have already been on a diet for too long. Don’t starve our love. Don’t take us for granted.
We just want to make sure you’re OK, PSH. If you’re OK, we’re OK.
So, are you on vacation? taking a break? reading scripts? filming CFs? decorating your new house? secretly shooting a K-drama? (we wish!) getting hitched? (we wish too!)
You don’t drop off the radar. You don’t disappear from view. A public figure who is no longer in the public eye is not a public figure anymore.
Silence is not golden in your case. You want people to know you’re still around.
Are you still around in Korea? Even if your star has dimmed in Korea, you are still much loved in China and Japan and many other countries in the world.
Shouldn’t you keep in touch with your international fans?
Surely it doesn’t take more than a few minutes to post a message on JOFC or SHR or Weibo or Twitter or Facebook, etc.?
Is it too much to ask?
Do you care?
P.S. The whole PSH world is like 一潭死水 (a pool of dead water), not good, if you ask me. No PSH news, not even a snippet. So fans amuse themselves any way they can. Talk about anything remotely related to PSH or his works. Or even veer off into totally unrelated subjects so at least they can stay together.
P.P.S. I actually wrote this article the day after the earlier one, but shelved it because I didn’t want to sound too downhearted. Nearly one month on, with nothing to post, I resurrected this piece which is still relevant. Don’t fault me for being negative: I’m hanging on by the skin of my teeth.
(Credits: PSH photo from ENISHI. Thanks!)