Wednesday, February 13, 2008

[The Chosun Ilbo, January 28 2008] Na Hoon-a and the Posion of Celebrity Rumor

Rumors about the Na Hoon-a started to die down on Friday, when the veteran pop singer in a press conference threatened to take drastic action to prove he was in one piece. But the saga revealed the collective voyeurism of the yellow press in dealing with rumors about celebrities' private lives, and the way such rumors ramify on the Internet.

In the press conference, the crooner said two actresses who have also fallen victim to malicious gossip, Kim Hye-soo and Kim Seon-ah, “would have killed themselves if they were more weak-willed." In fact, actress and pop singer U-Nee and TV actress Jeong Da-bin did commit suicide in January and February last year, apparently as a result of malicious online comments and rumors.

This is not Na Hoon-a’s first encounter with rumor. In June 1972 ...

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