a year ago
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Real Talk: Idols and Drug Scandals
With all this talk about whether CL's "Lifted" is a reference to getting high, I thought I'd bring up some real drug scandals that have hit the Kpop world.

While tons of people in Korea smoke, the media is very sensitive about tobacco and drugs.

In day time dramas cigarettes are often blurred, and in kids TV shows any cigarette is changed to a lollipop. You can also see in Kpop videos that idols often have lollipops and that could be a symbol of a cig (like in BTS' Run)

Here are a few idols who have run into trouble with the law:

GD

Drinking and smoking is overwhelmingly common in Korea, but marijuana will have you sent to jail.
When it came out that GD tested positive for weed after a party, the media blew up. He had to apologize, take a hiatus, go to court, and work hard to improve his image again.
He responded that he had been extremely drunk after a party, and when handed marijuana from someone, he took it thinking it was a cigarette.

Park Bom

As I explained in this post, Park Bom was caught with illegal anti-depressants and anxiety pills in her bag when she was in Korea. As the previous post explains, she was using them in the US where they are legal, and didn't think to check if they were illegal in Korea.
She was torn apart by the media, removed from many TV shows, and had to take a hiatus to hide from the public eye.

Daniel (DMTN)

Daniel's crimes essentially ended his group, DMTN. He was caught, along with a group of international students at Yonsei University, smuggling and selling marijuana. He sold to other idols/trainees as well as to international students.
He returned to his home in California where it is almost certain he will never return to the Korean entertainment industry.

Bumkey

Bumkey was almost thrown in jail for 5+ years because of charges against him using meth and ecstasy.
He was declared innocent because of lack of evidence, however the court wasn't satisfied since "Mr. Song and Mr. Bae's testimony kept changing and did not match up with each other, and their testimonies are not believable."

Iron and Others

The rapper Iron was found with marijuana in his bag and tested positive when given a drug test. This apparently was one of the 10 entertainers that the Seoul Police had been investigating for a long time.
Allegedly, the Seoul Seocho Police Department were investigating a "popular hip hop artist (24), a hip hop idol member, a former first-generation idol group member, a concert organizer, trainees, and more." for marijuana possession or smoking.
***note the blurred cig in Jaejoong's hand!*** Now, I have nothing against people responsibly taking drugs. Many people in my family smoke weed, its legal in American states now, its not evil.
Other harder drugs are more dangerous, but again if you're using it responsibly and it isnt affecting other people, you go do you.
I think Korea is a little ridiculous with how strict it is about drug cases but how lenient and uncaring they are about other things like rape or abuse. I hope that these idols' lives are completely ruined by these "mistakes" they made.

What do you think of these scandals?

Do you think, as role models, idols should be more careful about this?

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I believe that when Idols become popular they sound set a good image for the younger generation, like how i have sworn ill never touch or smoke anything because it will mess up my lungs and my singing and alcohol could ruin my record. But I don't think idols should get too much slack for it unless it's really really really bad because, everyone makes mistakes.
a year ago·Reply
1st off its stupid for idols to smoke because it messes up their voice and they kinda need that voice lol 2nd off we all know smoking, whether its Cigarettes or weed is unhealthy and rude to others around you(the smell and litter).. Is it a sin and immoral to smoke cigarettes? No, its legal, just unhealthy and annoying. Weed? Yes, its immoral because its illigal, unsafe because it gets you high, and honestly just a waste of money anyways. In a perfect world, no one would smoke or do any drugs period, butb thats not the case. I think that as role models, idols should never smoke anything at all period. Sure they can drink (responsibly), but smoking is bad. Should mistakes with the law regarding drugs ruin their whole lives? ABSOLUTELY NOT. I believe in second chances and that people can change. But if they keep doing illigal drugs after warnings, then they need to be permanantly removed from the industry because the law is not a toy and their status influences many young people. Thats my cup of tea~
a year ago·Reply
Tbh for me I don't really care if they smoke, do drugs or not. it's there decision there lives, if they wanna do that then they can. Keep in mind that there under a lot of presure because there idols. What I'm trying to say is I'm not going to bash or like unstan them just because there doing drugs I think that's ridiculous let them do whatever they want. I have multiple freinds who went through a lot, or is under pressure and does drugs to forget about those problems. Yeah sure smoking and doing those things are bad but we're shouldn't bash or hurt them just because they do that because at the end it's them not you. They know more than anyone else what there doing.
a year ago·Reply
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These idols just need to stop using these drugs! It's not good for them anyways and they could die! It's dangerous!
a year ago·Reply
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I personally am against all drugs. I live in the States and found out after the voting for marijuana and everything about the side effects and whatnot. I am fully against recreational drug abuse and drinking as well. On the other hand, I would never bash someone or bring them down for doing it. If anything, I would suggest that they try to find other ways to cope that wouldn't be so harmful to themselves. I have always felt that, if you're interested in something that doesn't put yourself or others in harm's way, you go ahead and do you; As for everything else, a better outlet should be found. I'd like it if they didn't do drugs or drink too much, and it's not just because they're role models. It’s for the sake of their own health, which is more important than anything else. Just because someone sees someone else doing something doesn't mean that they're going to copy them. I think it's a good idea to censor things when you know young kids are going to be around because I do believe that the younger we are, the more impressionable we tend to be. How else could so many people be raised with closed minds over so many various topics? As individuals get older, they should be allowed to see more and have their eyes opened to the negatives and positives of the things around them in order to make educated decisions about what's safe and what isn't and what's ethical and what is not.
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