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
(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?)