Another one comes forward
Although the timing seems weird to me, singer Tim‘s management has released the information that Tim, whose college education at Philadelphia’s Temple University is general knowledge, didn’t actually graduate from his studies there.
The information was corrected by his current management company (Rube Entertainment) after noticing the Temple mention during a changing of the management company guard. His management explained, “Tim auditioned [for the Korean entertainment industry] just before matriculating at college, and it wasn’t long after he’d started his studies that he received word that he’d been successful in his audition. He wanted to become a singer so badly that he decided to give up further studies.”
Normally, I don’t think this would be newsworthy, but those of you following news this summer probably remember the string of scandals regarding university professors falsifying their educational background, starting with the now-infamous professor Shin Jeong-ah. There was a widely publicized follow-up investigation, and another prof, Kim Ock-rang of Dankook University, was also found to have faked educational information. That set off a string of other revelations, even prompting celebrities to come forward about falsifying their own schooling histories, such as actress Yoon Suk-hwa, actress Chang Mi-hee, and even Daniel Henney.
Clearly it’s a huge — and unethical — deal for professors to claim degrees they didn’t actually earn, but I don’t think it makes much sense for actors and singers to pad their educational resumes, because that isn’t the source of their fame. So I’m a bit unsure as to why Tim’s management thinks this is newsworthy, particularly at this belated date, except to perphaps bring his name back into headlines as he promotes his newly released fourth album. (Which I find unnecessary, cuz, have you heard the man’s voice? THAT should sell enough records on its own, not headlines.)
SONG OF THE DAY
Tim – “혼잣말” (Talking to myself) from his (new) fourth album.
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