You’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. Or, in Moon Geun-young‘s case, you’re damned (by netizens) if you donate regularly to help those in need, with your intentions constantly called into question.
After being lauded as an “angel of kindness” by many, Moon currently finds herself the target for abuse after it was recently made known that she has made contributions to various charitable causes anonymously throughout her career, which amount to somewhere in the 850,000,000 won range (with the current exchange rate, that translates to approximately USD $600,000).
Some samples of the types of comments? “What’s 850 million won to a celebrity?” (I say: The same effing 850 million won that it means to the rest of us.) “It’s a ploy to raise her salary.” (As far as I know, prodcos don’t raise fees for being charitable.) “It’s just a scam to donate anonymously when their name is revealed later anyway.” (This one I agree with.) People are going so far as to delve into Moon’s family history, hurling regional slurs and commie labels her way. (I guess “socialist” is the new big insult?)
Of course, you don’t get to be such a huge target of netizen idiotry without amassing a loyal fanbase as well, and Moon’s are countering, “If people are going to get abused for good deeds, who’s going to donate?”
With the situation thus, a political figure has even stepped forward to issue a statement. On November 17, the Democratic Labor Party said, “Calling Moon Geun-young a commie is a sign of social pathology… We as a society must stop these abnormal personal attacks.”
Moon Geun-young, on the other hand, has remained silent on the matter. One source said she is maintaining a “no comment” stance on the issue and is solely focused on filming for her current drama, Painter of the Wind.