Showbiz death raises questions about South Korea’s suicide problem

Aerial view Seoul

Do you follow K-pop news? It’s very interesting and although music and film stars have wealth in common with their US peers, they have something else in common and most US media ignore it. With another death in the showbiz community in South Korea, at least one major news outlet is raising questions about suicide.

Suicide in South Korea is a serious problem, and it isn’t just confined to actors or musicians. You’d think social media users in South Korea would have enough social issues in their own country to say grace over, but the K-Pop sector chose to get involved in politics in the US according to the BBC.

I had no idea about the suicide numbers although I did take note of K-poppers hijacking threads on social media after Dallas (Texas) police asked for videos of illegal activity in response to damage and violence by extreme groups on the left. K-poppers seemed to find humor in the destruction, but that’s easy to do I guess as long as your business or car isn’t being burned.

Suicide in South Korea is, according to The Daily Mail (UK), a serious problem:

“Suicide is a chronic social problem in the highly competitive society and is the leading cause of death for people aged between 10 and 39, according to government data.

More than 13,700 people took their own lives last year.”

Another data point might surprise many Americans. Although the CIA World Factbook sets South Korea’s population estimate as 51,715,162, the whole country is slightly larger physically than the US state of Indiana.

While K-pop stars and their supporters eagerly got involved in US political racial issues, South Korea is no den of diversity. Note terms like “racial” are purely political and have no basis in science when it comes to classifying the human race.

Sources like Britannica indicate the country is mostly racially homogenous:

“…almost the entire population is ethnically Korean…”

It’s quite possible K-poppers align with the extreme US left because that’s an alliance integral to the US entertainment industry. Up and comers have one choice when it comes to politics in our country. It looks like that might be the case in South Korea as well where stars are boosted or canceled depending on their actions and lifestyle.

The Daily Mail article cited earlier included this after another young female star died suddenly:

“Her death raises concerns about the intense pressures of the limelight in Korea’s television and K-Pop culture, particularly for women who face vicious shaming.”

It’s important to point out the official cause of the starlet’s death hasn’t been disclosed, and suicide has not been mentioned officially as a cause. Her management simply said she died “suddenly.”

Isn’t it ironic though that fans who likely see themselves as ‘liberal’ are anything but when it comes to their deeds? As is the case in so many countries today, in part courtesy of big tech, ‘uni-think’ is the only permissible approach.

Featured photo of Seoul is from CIA World Factbook.

(Kay B. Day/January 26, 2021)

 

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