Is Bullying Common in Korea?
We have seen some examples of bullying in the K-pop industry. But please remember that it was only some cases that have been spread publicly. There are possibilities that other celebrities in the K-pop industry are also being bullied by someone. Well, including the netizens too.
But you are probably wondering, is bullying that common in Korea?
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According to some researches, the rate for school violence is 18% in middle school, while in high schooler there is a 16.8% school violence rate. That research was made almost 2 decades ago. The rates could be higher these days, especially since technologies have been increasing so much. Cyberbullying is also one of the reasons why people choose to end their lives.
One of the proofs that bullying is quite a big issue in Korea are Korean dramas that tackle the issue of bullying. Some such dramas are The Penthouse, School 2015, Run On, School 2013, etc. As you can see, not only in school, bullying can be found in a higher community such as athlete’s academy.
We have probably seen it as good stories, but sometimes the reality isn’t that pretty.
So, one of the actions that we can take, especially as K-pop or K-drama fans, is spreading good words and support to everyone including the artists, fans, etc. Once again, we never know what people are going through. Don’t judge them and don’t be the reason why they choose to end their lives.
That’s all the info that we have gathered about bullying in the K-pop industry. K-pop idols might be smiling on the outside, but they could hide something that not everyone knows. Even the story that people know can be twisted from what actually happened. So, please don’t say something bad as if you know a lot of things! Always be a mindful fan, everyone! And if you like this article, you can share it on your social media so more people are aware of this issue. Cheers!