• Aoren1703

    I think it was deserved. Netizens need to know they can’t say whatever they want just cause it’s online. JYPE issued warnings to this person just refused to pay heed to them. Just cause you’re on the internet doesn’t mean that threats/harassment should be taken any less seriously imo.

  • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

    Considering what the netizen was charged with, is there a chance he was sending inappropriate pictures to Sohee? I could see that as maybe being a case that would especially cause a company to take legal action.

    (Take notes, Jaejoong. I find it disgusting that Yunjae fans send him pornographic pictures of him and Yunho. >_< )

    • sarajgh

      I read somewhere that he sent her photos of her at random places meaning he was essentially stalking her. Not sure if it’s true though.

      • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

        O_O

        Jeez. Well, kudos for actually suing the stalker. Most idols have tons of sasaengs but don’t sue. :/

  • animefreakhq

    How about censoring tweets from strangers? 

  • muggle87

    i think he deserved it cause jyp did warn him to stop and he didn’t listen. now he paying for his actions. those who don’t listen, will learn the hard way. 

    • ycapb

      So people should do as JYP says just cause he’s JYP? Sorry to break it to ya, but I’m pretty sure he has no more authority than you or I over some stranger’s life (and if he does, Korea needs to a hard look at itself). 

      Those who listen blindly are cows for slaughter. There’s something to be said for free speech, slander/defamation included. 

    • ycapb

      So people should do as JYP says just cause he’s JYP? Sorry to break it to ya, but I’m pretty sure he has no more authority than you or I over some stranger’s life (and if he does, Korea needs to a hard look at itself). 

      Those who listen blindly are cows for slaughter. There’s something to be said for free speech, slander/defamation included. 

    • ycapb

      So people should do as JYP says just cause he’s JYP? Sorry to break it to ya, but I’m pretty sure he has no more authority than you or I over some stranger’s life (and if he does, Korea needs to a hard look at itself). 

      Those who listen blindly are cows for slaughter. There’s something to be said for free speech, slander/defamation included. 

    • ycapb

      So people should do as JYP says just cause he’s JYP? Sorry to break it to ya, but I’m pretty sure he has no more authority than you or I over some stranger’s life (and if he does, Korea needs to a hard look at itself). 

      Those who listen blindly are cows for slaughter. There’s something to be said for free speech, slander/defamation included. 

      • muggle87

        man u don’t know much about law, do u? the victim is sohee and she is being harass and slander by that man. one of the many jobs that agency have is to protect their client. So he can take matters into his hands and warn the person to stop. Since the person didn’t listen to jyp, then jyp is in his right to go to the police and report him. If jyp was smart, he would have proof how many the times he warn that man.

        • ycapb

          Read my post more carefully please. All I’m saying is the man didn’t “deserve” it just because he didn’t listen to JYP (your original claim). You make it sound as if it had nothing to do with him breaking the law, and everything to do with him not listening to another person telling him what to do. Plus, it’s ridiculous that JYP and not Sohee (the actual victim here) is charging the man to begin with.

          • muggle87

            no u need to read my post carefully and learn what cause and effect means.

            Cause: He harass and slander sohee. Jyp as sohee’s representative told him to stop and warn him of the consequences if he doesn’t. He didn’t listen to victim’s representative warning and continue with his actions.

            Effect: Because he didn’t listen to jyp warnings, jyp report him to the police.

            if he had listen to jyp and stop harassing and slandering sohee then jyp would not have report to the police thus he wouldn’t been in the situation he is right now. Cause and Effect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

    Making bullying — cyber or otherwise — a crime punishable by law would depend on a the severity, intent and length of the abuse. Sohee’s case would appear to be in the realm of prolonged abuse, so I agree with the decision to pursue legal action — though I won’t be surprised if it gets tossed out at some point. A lawyer only has to prove the damage is less severe than the charge, so unless he did send very inappropriate material to Sohee (It would not shock me if he did), most likely they will point to the fact that Sohee has not “appeared” to suffer from this and it is merely a nuisance. A very large nuisance, but unless Sohee can show signs of serious mental, physical or emotional turmoil, expect the attorney to pounce. It is just one of the ways that a lawyer can utterly mindf*ck you into a corner with small details. They make manipulation into an art form.

    In the greater scheme of things, I do think bullying should carry harsher penalties. Again, mental and/or physical distress would have to be proven before legal action is warranted, but it should be a punishable offence — if for no other reason than to prevent vigilante justice, which is often blind, misguided and far too indiscriminate in its attack patterns. That said, getting the legal system more involved can easily turn into the proverbial double edged sword. A legal system is not designed to record emotional stress unless it manifests in a physical form (self mutilation, anxiety related health concerns, etc.). This is only (unfortunately) logical because you can’t really just take someone at their word that they are in distress over harassment, otherwise you might have an influx of false claims, or people looking for a quick payday on damages for “emotional distress” to deal with.

    Assuming there is evidence that this ongoing harassment has effected Sohee more than we know, I do not think JYP overreacted. I also believe that taking it to the courts is the proper move, because it cuts out the cancer in this situation: overzealous netizens who take these things far more seriously than is healthy to do. If left to netizens, no doubt some people would be wrongfully targeted, accusations would be flung about, and a situation that very much needs to be handled tactfully and with insularity would quickly turn into a fiasco. 

    On a personal note, I hope Sohee holds up well. “Bully” is just another word for coward. I’ve never met one that actually stood behind their words when confronted face-to-face. However, the ugliest aspect of the internet is that it, mostly, shields a person from all responsibility if they hide their true selves cleverly enough. Still that does not decrease the damaging effect that long term, ongoing and unrelenting abuse, whether emotional or physical, can inflict upon a person.

    If this case makes it to court, I hope JYP hires a shark of a lawyer with a tendency to go for the balls. 

  • regina_filange

    I don’t know how I feel about this. You’re a fucking star, people are weird, they’ll do that. To take legal action is a bit of an overreaction. I wouldn’t call this cyber-bullying at all, it’s so ignorable and cannot be tangibly harmful. For those saying you can’t say whatever you want just because its online, I think you definitely can. Always. Now you can do it anonymously, which opens the floodgates for a lot of bad shit, but I don’t think anyone should be legally punished for what they say. I’m not supporting threats or harassment- that should obviously and is criminalized- but this also happens to be a celebrity, and different rules apply as to what you can and can’t say about or to them. It’s part of fame and part of the general culture of célébrité; it’s unavoidable and an inevitable part of it.

  • http://asianhotness-anonymous187.blogspot.com/ anonymous187

    This is really bad and not a good thing. It is leading us toward a world where any type of public discourse not fitting the popular politically correct majority view will not be tolerated. Sohee may have endured some long term online abuse of a more graphic and detailed nature. I’m sorry about that. Arresting this guy in this one case may have been necessary. However they are celebrities and negative opinions come with the territory of celeb life. How long until all blogs, forums and online videos or any content online is monitored. Where it will be wrong and punishable as a criminal offense to say anything that doesn’t praise a celeb. The entire world is headed for a one world government police state. It’s called controlling dissent by making everyone afraid to have unpopular opinions. I get that the South Korean online world can be more brutal on celebs than other places. The thing that nobody should want to happen is for this to become a world thing, don’t be a celeb if you can’t take people not liking you. It will cause many to have a criminal record who other wise would not have one for something kind of petty. It’s called free speech and it is your God giving right and it should be accepted everywhere. I just have a problem with the underlying tone at which this article is written. Sounds to me like you want and support a censored totally controlled internet. I have endured organized stalking myself I still am and it can change your online life as well. However that which doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger. I think Korean celebs are just far too sensitive people sometimes desperately wanting, no expecting everyone to like them and can’t take it when they don’t. Bullying is one thing online or offline, having negative opinions that lead to unfavorable comments written is something else. Every “idol” is not worthy of being idolized it’s alright not to like them, Koreans seem to forget that. That is just a normal part of life. Sohee’s case may be different but the difference between bullying, harassing, defamation and individuals rights to have negative opinions should be clearly defined.

  • aarasa

    I think this article is somewhat flawed in terms of the
    logic behind the author’s reasoning. The whole article talked about the issue of
    online slandering and how it is being taken more seriously

    ” the fact that online harassment is being taken more
    seriously is a step in the right direction.”

    But then the author started questioning whether the whole
    thing is justify

    “However, without full information, it will be hard to
    perceive this as a complete victory for online behavior. For all we know, it
    could be evidence of a large corporate industry cracking down harshly on an
    easy target.”

    The author question whether or not JYP is overreacting to
    the whole slandering which led to an arrest of the said individual.

     

    “While I am glad retribution is happening, I can’t help
    but wonder why it doesn’t happen more often, and why has this case been singled
    out.”

     

    and

     

    “Meanwhile, JYP is responding to one person’s
    particularly nasty tweets — and considering that thousands of hateful comments
    are made to/about K-pop stars every day with no repercussions (and JYP hasn’t
    even released what the most offending tweets were — but without ample
    information, it’s difficult to justify that the reaction to this particular
    netizen is fully warranted and fair.”

     

    The above statements are puzzling to me. The author used
    JYJ’s defamation lawsuit against Dispatch and Tablo’s lawsuit against Tajinyo
    as an example of how a lawsuit against defamation/slandering is justified
    (Dispatch and Tajinyo are the “clear, publicized instigator” while 1
    individual may not) Defamation and/or slandering a person with false
    information in wrong. Period. Regardless of who or how many are the instigator(s).
    Whether it’s a well publicized magazine (Dispatch), a group of thousand of
    netizens (Tajinyo) or an individual, it does not make it less painful or less
    warranted of a legal action.

     

    Second, the author further stated that because JYP hasn’t
    released what those offending tweets were and therefore, it is difficult to
    justify if his reaction to sue the individual is fair or not. Well according to
    the author’s own statement “On November 9th, a college student was arrested
    for slandering Wonder Girl’s Sohee via Twitter” The operative here is
    “was arrested” I am not a lawyer and I am not Korean and therefore, I
    cannot claim to know the details of Korean judiciary system. However, I believe
    that in order for the individual to be “arrested” there must have
    been a concrete and/or substantial amount of evidence to suggest and prompted
    such action by the police….is it not? Therefore, it does not matter what
    those tweets were or how slandering they were in the eyes of the author and/or
    the public as long as in the eyes of the law it is warranted as an assaults enough
    for the police to take action against the said individual.

     

    Third, the author went on to question why such action (suing
    and arresting those netizens with the same behavior) are not apply to other
    idols and used what happened to BlockB as an example. “For example, where
    were the investigations/arrests when Block B underwent the defamation,
    violence, and cruelty of online suicide petitions” and the author further
    state

    “there really should be some serious attempts at
    shaping digital culture so that online hate isn’t so easily accepted and
    promoted.”

     

    My answer to this would be because BlockB management company
    chose to do nothing about it. The law is there to protect everyone. It is up to
    the victim (BlockB or any other idol or even normal person) to take action to
    protect them self. The law is there already, but nobody can do anything about
    it if you like to be a sitting duck and choose not to use it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZYXBLGL2DS6RR6DJGYRXMIGLOU Huiting

    the first picture is damn scary. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZYXBLGL2DS6RR6DJGYRXMIGLOU Huiting

    the first picture is damn scary. 

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