T-ara’s Hyo-min is DepressedPosted: February 11, 2011
Is it time to start worrying?
T-ara member Hyo-min posted on her Cyworld minihomepage a profound, one-question diary entry, “Should I be gone?”
How ever, the Korean is especially vague, “없어… 질까? (eobseojilkka?)” question can also mean, “Should it be gone?” or “Should it (she/he) disappear?” In the end, we can only tell that Hyomin is asking if someone or something should no longer be in existance. But, fans are worried that Hyo-min is referring to herself disappearing. Netizens are speculating that this is a sign of Hyo-min’s depression over comments that have been floating around since a certain incident involving a male idol superstar.
For the SBS program “Idol King,” Hyo-min participated in a water game with Big Bang‘s Seung-ri. Throughout the course of the game, Hyo-min mistakenly remarked, “He’s weird,” and, “He’s small,” using informal speech, though she is considered to be in a hoobae group. (Though, in Hyo-min’s defense, she is a year older than Seung-ri, which many Koreans believe would give her the right to use informal speech to her dongsaeng.)
Obviously Big Bang fans were outraged, and started net-attacking her with their own nasty remarks across various internet outlets, pointing out the 3-year difference in their debuts.
Hyo-min fans came to her defense, saying, “Hyo-min was just saying those things in order to make the program more enjoyable. She meant no ill feelings by it.”
Yet still, enraged fans aren’t letting Hyo-min off just yet. Even now, fans are daily posting new criticisms and threats.
It’s probably time for management to keep a close watch on Hyo-min and make sure that this undeserved situation doesn’t drive her into depression. Also, the fans need to understand the difference between a broadcast and real life.
If anything, Hyo-min’s honest and raw but simple question has brought to light the ugliness that is crazy fanaticism.
Don’t you think the fans overreacted?