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Onew, After 4 Months of Silence, Posts Handwritten Letter of Apology

Four months ago, Onew of SHINee was involved in a sexual harassment controversy as an assailant. The press was noisy about what was going on, what is going to be happening and so on. However, there wasn’t any word from SM entertainment as well as Onew, himself.

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When the controversy broke, Onew dropped from his “yet-to air” drama and remained silent since. A lot of fans seemed to have been worried about him, despite the fact that he was involved in such controversy. However, it was too easy to get the awaited fans furious.

Without saying a word of apology for four months and not even appearing at any schedules SHINee had including their tour in Japan, Onew appeared in the season greeting trailer. Fans were stunned by his attitude coming back as if nothing has happened.

Furious fans started a boycott to not purchase any season greeting good of the group. In the biggest official fan café run by Daum.net, gathered signatures for Onew to disband from the team. Numerous fan cafes have already stated that they will only support the rest of four members, excluding Onew because they do not want the unrelated members to be condemned because of him.

As things started to go crazy for Onew, he instantly posted a handwritten letter of apology, which set the fire of fan’s anger. Some fans are refusing to read his letter for it is meaningless. This is what he wrote in his letter,

Hello, this is Onew.

I am so sorry to only deliver the worst news to those who have supported me and loved me. I have given you great disappointment through the four months of my time of silence. I have taken the time to look back on my actions and condemned myself for it. I was too sorry to put my apologies into words, and I know it’s too late. I had to be more careful and responsible even though I was spending time not as an idol, but as an individual… I am so sorry to give you disappointment, not living up to the attention and love. I feel so sorry to my members who have been with me for nine years. I want to apologize for the people I have shocked including my parents and fans. I will always remind myself of what I’ve done and be more strict on myself. I will try my best to fit in the name of SHINee, as an idol and as an individual.  

The offense fans felt against Onew and SM entertainment does not look like it’s going to cool down easily when gender issue is a hot potato in Korean society today. Crimes involving sexual harassment will not be forgotten easily like it did in the past. His letter of apology did not smoothen fans’ mood, but only made them more furious. What would happen from now, would probably be in the decision of the entertainment.

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Fans And Drama Leave Onew of SHINee for His Sexual Assault

Fans of SHINee cannot hide their disappointment towards Onew for his actions and are lost in contradicting statements from the police and SM Ent. 

Though fans want to believe that it was a false alarm, there is no denying that he has assaulted a woman intentionally or not. The police are still investigating the case though the victim has dropped the charges. In the short interview of the victim which was not official, she briefly mentioned SM entertainment has forced her to dropped the charges. 

Fans are confused and angry by the Entertainment trying to cover up the serious case and say that it’s no help to Onew. There isn’t anything new said about the case, for now, however, two big news dropped on Onew. 

One of his “Home Masters” who was a fan of him since the group’s debut has closed the fan page and left. (Home Masters are fans who run a fan page of their own and take high-quality pictures of the idol/celeb) An ordinary fan leaving their idol is nothing compared to a Home Master leaving. Home Masters don’t take such actions since they run a page about them. 

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Also, the new drama which Onew was starring, “Age of Youth 2”, released him from the character and replaced him with another new actor. The drama officials have stated that his case can both be disturbing to Onew himself and the drama. Onew cannot be avoiding questions about his assault as he goes through tonnes of interviews for the drama and, the audiences will be disturbed in focusing on the character because of the real case going on. 

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It is also said that he was edited out from Music Bank Singapore after the case broke out. 

SHINee was one of the long-lived groups that hadn’t face such huge controversies, destructive of their careers. However, this case seems like it would be a turning point in a negative way.

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Rapper San E’s Actions Towards Irene Arouse Sexual Harassment Issue

Criticism has been raised, condemning the actions of San E, a famous Korean rapper, on KBS Friendship Super Show that was held on October 14th. There were mainly two scenes that have brought San E in the limelight of sexual harassment and both scenes involved Irene of Red Velvet.

The first scene that fans and audiences found distracting was when San E playfully put his arm on the shoulder of Irene, then, he teased the fans that Irene was waving to. Irene seemed stunned by his abrupt actions for a brief moment but and gave a small award laugh as he teased the fan.

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Fans found his actions very distracting for he wasn’t close with her nor had any intimacy with her. Though his actions can be taken lightly, fans are angry that his actions may give the impression to treat a woman as a tool to brag and not treat her as an individual person. The sense of ownership is implied in such actions which makes women uncomfortable and assaulted.  The matter of using a woman as a tool and showing sense of ownership are some of the serious actions and thought of sexual harassment that women want men to discard. 

The second scene that was controversial was when San E was singing ‘Sour Grapes’. he came up to where the hosts were and stood next to Irene. Then while he sang, he faced her and pointed her with his fingers.

Now, pointing someone with one’s fingers are taken as a rude action in Korean culture. In addition to that, the lyrics were more than straightforward about woman’s sexiness that lure men. By singing the lyrics and appointing his fingers to her right that moment, she may have felt sexually harassed.

Again, fans are furious and want him to apologize for his light, thoughtless actions, intended or not. Some may say that interpreting his actions is a big exaggeration. However, it is true that celebs have to be careful o

n delivering messages and actions because they may give a strong impression to people whether right or wrong. Furthermore, gender issue is quite a serious matter these days, finding the right way to respect both sexes, so it’s best to be careful not to hurt anyone’s feelings.

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