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No celebrity good deed goes unpunished


Actress and bone marrow donor Choi Kang Hee

 
Alls I’s gotta say is: Anti-fan culture is ridiculous. Even supposing a celebrity donates money or performs an act of charity purely for the attention, the bottom line is that worthy causes are benefited. As far as I’m concerned, that’s what we call a win-win situation.

Stars’ good deeds meet with harsh criticism

“When news of my charity work is reported, I fear the rise of anti’s.”

Not long ago, that’s what actor Kim Tae Hee said in an interview with the press. She’s been a spokesperson for three years for the Make a Wish charity, and in June she even donated 5 million won herself to the group.

However, she tries to keep news of such events from leaking out because she wants to avoid the negativity that results, expressed in comments like, “She’s just trying to act angelic” and “It’s a publicity stunt.”


(On left) Envelope: “Donation.” Computer: “Do you just want to seem angelic?”
(Right) Heart: “Bone marrow donor.” Netizen: “Publicity stunt!”

 


Kim Tae Hee volunteering at a food bank

 

Recently, actress Choi Kang Hee met with the same kind of response after donating bone marrow. The negative backlash was scathing, ranging from “Even saying she intended for the news to be kept private was a play for attention” to “She’s pretentious.”

Singer Jang Nara, who’s in China to promote charity work, has said, “I couldn’t even step outside my home because of all the hateful comments.”

With negative reactions frequently accompanying acts of celebrity kindness, even stars themselves sometimes grumble that “I can’t even do something I should do with an easy mind.” The tone of self-mockery in comments like “I’d rather not do anything then, but I can’t do that either” practically serves to prevent them from acts of goodwill.

Contrary to the Hollywood culture that applauds altruism by celebrities, the Korean climate, always ready to see the smallest good deed through prejudiced eyes, is an obstacle to the culture of celebrity charity work.

 


Actress/singer Jang Nara

Via Sports Chosun

(Yeah, some stars are annoying when they make constant desperate bids for attention. But is this in the same league as, say, flashing some skin onstage? So what if Kim Tae Hee isn’t truly “angelic”? She can flatter her vanity AND donate 5 million won to a charitable cause or work at a food bank for a few hours, and the world is no worse the wear for it — minus all the bitter comments that serve no purpose but to make anti-fans feel sanctimonious. Where’s your bone marrow donation?)

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Dear Javabeans
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
With best wishes for you and everybody in Dramabeansland
Thank you

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What can I say? That's just sad.
Some people are just so bitter, they need to get lives. :(

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Wow, I never knew this was a problem in Korea--probably because like the article said, in the US, celebs who do charitable deeds or promote good causes are hailed and respected. This has definitely given me new insights...I truly do not think it is fair to bash them with bitter comments for what they are doing...i mean, for one, I know that I wouldn't be able to donate my bone marrow just because the thought of it is cringing. I tried to...but I chickened out so I really admire those who actually go through the process of donating their bone marrow to those who need it. =]]

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hahaha "Wheres your bone marrow donation"

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Actually, I knew some people who thought Angelina Jolie's charity work to be pretentious. It's ridiculous, like seriously. I know thinking some celebs are freakin "awesome" just because they adopted a kid from ethiopia but like really, who else is doing it? These celebs are using their attention to bring awareness to these charities and whoever thinks it's just to "get attention" seriously has the green monster up their arse :)

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I admit to being a cynic about these sorts of things but in the end, there is no harm done like you've said and both parties benefit in them. It's a shame that Korea's bred such a large anti-fan culture. I think people have really twisted the anonymity of the internet to express such hateful comments. I highly doubt people would be as "courageous" to say such things in reality as opposed to on cyberspace.

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the day people are happy for each other will be the end of the world... i don't get why people simply can't applaud others for trying to help... how can one be soo skeptikal?... no matter their intentions at least those celebrities are out helping others...so i wonders what are those haters doing... if you aren't happy get up and help a little... instead of bashing others.. its also direspectful for the victims/patients, making them out to be even more pitiful that they are already...

oh, before i go,
MERRY CHRISTMAS JAVABEANS and to all kdrama lovers... My christmas present came early this year... corny i know, but kdramas never fail to fill an hour here and there...So have an enjoyable holiday time everybody..

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You put it perfectly: while many of these acts are probably ways to boost public image (I do work in a non-profit, and I guess I would know) I am always thankful for a good deed. I may be naive, but there's always the slightest chance that *acting* altruistic may actually cause them to *become* altruistic.

Merry Christmas and thank you for a great year! :)

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I'm not sure who is the attention-getter here. Is it the anti-fan or the celebrity? Anti-fan sentimentality needs exposure to exist. Their opinions are important because we choose to focus and make them important. I'm always surprised at the level of attention and "influence" that Korean fans have on their celebrities. I'm curious to know if anyone has attempted to modify the situation. Regarding the good deeds: as long as someone out there benefited from them, then the end justifies the means IMO. It's unfortunate that even charity works are second-guessed. There goes the volunteering and goodwill spirit that drive our society.

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You basically took my feelings toward all of this and basically translated it into written format.

I completely and totally agree with your stance on this subject.

Merry Christmas!! And have a great New Year. =]

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I cannot believe they bashed someone for donating their bone marrow. Do they know how freaking painful that is??? You'd have to be a masochistic idiot to do that just for a publicity stunt! Unbelievable ... and I had to read this on Xmas morning as I am getting ready for Xmas brekkie ... so much for goodwill for all mankind. Sigh.

On that note, Merry Xmas Sarah and to all my fellow Javabean addicts! May it be peaceful and filled with love and great Kdrama viewing!

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exactly... "where's your bone marrow/5 million won donation?"

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and they bash only female celebrities the most....ever see these antis bash a male celeb? *nope*

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How sad and mean-spirited... In truth it is not possible to fully know the true intentions behind someone else's actions. (Sometimes we don't know our OWN true intentions!) Instead of second guessing, why not just appreciate what has been accomplished?! Someone has spent some time doing good and some well-deserving charity has received the benefits. What's the problem? I think it's a win-win situation as well.

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haha...reminds me of the people on Popseoul. Not anti-fans but the readers and one popseoul writer who say dumb things over the fact that a celebrity is doing something they'd never do.

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Friggin korean press and netizens are so bitter~~~ anti-fans especially..!
All they do is hate and critique without even looking at the mirror,
they think theyre so perfect...
I bet those antifans have no life and pathetic that they evvy the stars so much..
I hope bad karma gets back on them...

Anyway.. give love on Christmas Day !!! ^_____^

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this is completely unrelated to the post, but wanted to thank you for SUPER recommending "soulmate" and then *not* posting about it... (episode recaps, i mean) because that forced me to actually watch it (instead of reading~ which is a lot less time and often just as sweet) ... and i loved it. it was so... bittersweet, but powerful, enjoyable, and ... good. and the music rocks.

:)

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Merry Christmas!
I think that nobody should criticize them, it benefits other people. So yeah, that's cool.

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anti-fans need to be slapped hard and good.

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This constant negativity in Korea needs to be stopped, its an awful, awful bad habit.

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a lot of antis would do and say anything to make their 'hated' celebrity look bad in public..
but if what youre doing is good and you dont hurt people, dont give a damn about what this people are saying..
because you know they always say the same stupid things..

i dont really care if all celebrities are doing are just publicity stunts, but at least theyre helping.

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I'd like to see a k-celebrity come out and give a big middle finger to all the antis and just say she/he doesn't give a damn.

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ouch... true, celebrities benefit from their charitable deeds in the long run... let's not be naive here... i don't doubt the possibility that there is calculation behind these highly visible acts of kindness... but at least they're contributing to good causes... what antis think they have to gain from being cynical and vicious about these things is beyond me... they must be jealous, bitter souls...

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I could care less if those celebrities did it for publicity or not, at least they are doing something good and someone is benefiting from it. What are these "netizens" to moan, complain and criticize their charity work, have they done any better? They should have something better to do with their lives rather than sit in front of a computer or television and scrutinize someone else's life.

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If you want a taste of what American antis would be like, check out jpopmusic. You have to look around, but you can smell the hate there.

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Popseoul's okay, but it used to be much better when the writers decided they weren't *just* going to hate on the same 5-10 targets. And the barbs aren't as good as they used to be.

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I really don't get these netizens or antis, whatever they are called. I mean, shouldn't they be supporting the talent in their own country. I understand that there are some really annoying celebrities out there and sometimes I myself want to just slap them silly, but to go as far as a non-stop attack... it's just too much. People have died because of them! I wish they would just find better things to do, so what if celebrities donate? At least the money is not coming out of their pockets.

Btw, today is my first day here... can't believe I hadn't found you. Thanks for blogging Javabeans, I think you'll see me around more often :)
Keep up the great work!

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maybe those anti's are bitter because the donations were not intended for them, hahahahah =)

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Thanks for this article. I really don't understand why people make such hateful comments upon celebrities who do charitable work. I could care less if it is for attention or whatever, the matter of the fact is that something is being done and for a good cause. Some people just have nothing else to do but criticize, so I hope that these celebrities just ignore them and continue doing what they are doing. Happy new year everyone!

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that is strange, but i guess celebrities will be criticized for anything and everything, so i guess that 'you take the good and take the bad' is true. celebrities should ignore such horrible reactions or at least not take it personally.

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Korean fan are Fanatics in the biggest way and the Anti Fans are just as over the top. Just as some love to love their idols other love to hate them, it us just the other side of the same coin. I know than Jang Nara been doing charity works almost from day one of her raise to 'stardom' it is part of her work ethos.
Many stars simply feel very lucky to be where they are and use charity as a kind of evening out of the good karma

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A country like Korea needs celebrities to promote volunteer work. Yes, it boosts their image but the country needs to raise awareness and charity...So why not take advantage of a celebrity's public status and put it to good use?

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Although I do understand people who express their dislike based on sound arguments (after all, everyone is entitled to an opinion, and such criticism is actually constructive), I both dislike and fail to understand the logic of such complaints. So what if it's merely a publicity stunt or they just want to appear "angelic"? Don't they realize that they dissuade the stars from doing such acts, only to put them down again when they fail to perform them? Typing hateful comments behind a screen is easy and doesn't necessitate maturity, but realising that one's acts online do have consequences in another's real life needs it. Lots of it.

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