4:49 pm - 01/22/2013

Actor Kim Young Kwang in controversy for body shaming in interviews



Article: Kim Young Kwang under controversy for his interview "I hate girls with thick legs..."

Vogue Girl: What kind of physical appearance do you dislike?

Kim Young Kwang: I hate anyone that looks pathetic. Anyone that looks like Sung Joon (model), I don't mind if they show up without their hair washed or something but when someone whose physical appearance I don't like shows up like that, I don't even want to look at them.

Vogue Girl: I'm not that into short, stubby hands.

Kim Young Kwang: I hate thick calves!

Vogue Girl: That's right, you said before that you look at a girl's legs the first time, right?

Kim Young Kwang: I look at everything (laugh).

Kim Young Kwang: I've said this in almost every interview but whether they be a male or female, I like them to be pretty. I know that it's not necessary to say things like this but I'll look at someone's physical appearance and say, "I don't like that person. I don't think they'll match me." Then my friends will be like, "Hyung, you're really mean, you know that?"

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1. [+1,433, -139] There's a clear difference between saying 'I like people that are pretty and handsome' and 'I don't like people that are ugly.' He's really thoughtless. He got all his height and good looks from genes but it seems he got his brains from nowhere.

2. [+1,294, -116] After reading the article, it seems that the specific "legs" statement isn't the problem, but the fact that he just judges anyone based on their appearance and hates them if they're ugly. That's worse to me than what he said about the legs. I hope he matures~ Let's see how handsome he is himself. I don't even know this kid so I better go search him up.

3. [+1,222, -88] So this is where the exit was (TN: When netizens fall in love with a celebrity or join their fandom, fans will usually say there's no exit!! or where's the exit!! meaning there's nothing about them to dislike or leave them for.)

4. [+489, -11] Even if Won Bin said this, it'd be bordering dangerous territory... how dare YOU say it?

5. [+417, -7] If Kim Young Kwang hates people that are ugly with thick legs, then that's up to him. And if I hate on him for saying those things thoughtless, then that's up to me. In the end, you're responsible for the words you spit out. Celebrities make money off of their popularity with the public so it's up to the public to judge him worthwhile of their attention.

6. [+301, -8] Hul, daebak, I've totally lost interest in him. If he was born in '87, he should've matured already. He seems like he lives for the thrill of being handsome. Even though he grew taller, his brain seemed to have stopped developing in elementary school. I'm sure some of his fans are ugly with thick legs, I wonder how much he swore about them under his breath while dealing with them. He doesn't even know a thing about them... What a sick man.

7. [+283, -8] Logging out from you

8. [+263, -5] Even more handsome people than you like Won Bin, Jang Dong Gun, and Kang Dong Won don't say things like this;;;

9. [+262, -7] You're living proof of the stereotype that models are stupid

10. [+253, -3] Imagine how much he made fun of his fans in his head during fan meets ㅋㅋ



Article: Kim Young Kwang clarifies "I did not intend to put down physical appearances... It's a misunderstanding"

"There's been a misunderstanding regarding the controversy surrounding Kim Young Kwang. At the time of the interview, he did not intend to put down anyone's physical appearance. It was his birthday the day of his interview so it was a very fun and comfortable environment. He said it as a half joke half truth statement, and did not intend to discriminate against looks. Every word counts and can change the meaning of everything in an article. Kim Young Kwang is not the type to normally speak disrespectfully."

1. [+419, -16] There's no one in the world that will criticize you anyone for saying they like pretty girls. What becomes the problem and the differentiating factor in this case is when he says that he specifically hates ugly people and doesn't want to be around them. That is absolutely different from saying he likes pretty girls. He basically means that he judges people by their physical appearance and deems them worthy of forming a relationship with him if they're pretty enough to his standards. Instead of calling it a misunderstanding, he should've just admitted that he was thoughtless and apologized.

2. [+357, -19] Your career's already over...

3. [+303, -11] I know that journalists are the ones that create a lot of these controversies... But this one was not started by the journalist. If he and his reps knew that every word in journalistic articles count, he should've been more careful. He knew that his interview would be read by many and potentially spread through articles.

4. [+123, -2] Your excuse is pathetic. Didn't you say you hate pathetic people?

5. [+102, -3] You're right, you didn't seem to have any intent. It just seemed like you hate any man or woman if they're ugly. Thanks for showing us your true side.

Herald News via Nate | Newsen via Nate | netizenbuzz



Kim Young Kwang apologizes, but another body shaming interview is revealed

Article: Kim Young Kwang writes a letter of apology "I'm shocked at the misunderstandings that are being brought about over my controversy... I'm sorry"

"I'm sorry. This is Kim Young Kwang.

First of all, I'd like to sincerely apologize over the controversy that came up today over my interview. I'm sorry for disappointing those that have loved and supported me. Unlike my intentions, a part of my interview has brought about some misunderstandings that have both shocked and upset me.

I believe that my fans will think just as I have that there must be a misunderstanding after reading the articles released today. I will make sure that this doesn't happen again and that I don't disappoint or worry the fans that support me."


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Clarification from the fashion editor that ran the interview: "There has been a misunderstanding. The conversation was held in a half joking half truthful manner. While transcribing his words, we had to cut out a part of his explanations to fit everything onto a limited number of pages. It seems people believe that Young Kwang-ssi discriminates people based on their physical appearance but if he was truly such a person that believed so, we would not have ran his response in our piece."

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1. [+202, -3] What misunderstanding is he talking about when he said similar things in other interviews? ㅋㅋㅋㅋ It seems he's been this kind of person all along

2. [+172, -5] So he said that he hated pathetic people and that he only liked pretty men or women as a joke? Wow, what an amazing person.

3. [+168, -5] Farewell

4. [+56, -0] What's really scary to me is that I can understand his preference for pretty people but it disgusts me that he deems anyone who is ugly as pathetic. How thoughtless.

5. [+46, -0] You said all your friends said that you were mean... Then you shouldn't have said those things...

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There is another one of his older interviews (2008) floating around right now that just hit the media:

"I plan to continue advancing onto European stages, but my final hopes is to become an actor. Recently, I shot a music video with Shin Hye Sung and Lyn's for 'It's You'. I also played the role of a hitch hiker in the shopping mall '11th Street' CF. I broke up with my girlfriend last September. The reason? Why are you asking me that, it's embarrassing me. My ideal woman is someone who's smart and cute. Someone who dresses well according to each situation, but doesn't overdo it. What I think is ugly is when women with thick thighs and short legs wear skinny jeans. Or those that wear leggings and a miniskirt and sit with their legs spread open on the subway... I sincerely ask those people to stop."

TV Daily via Nate | netizenbuzz



Kim Young Kwang makes first public appearance since controversy

Article: Kim Young Kwang's first public appearance since 'physical appearance controversy' "I'm sorry for causing a disturbance"

"I'm sorry to those that support me for having caused such a disturbance. I've written a post on my clarification and what happened on my fancafe, so please refer to that for background."

1. [+510, -28] This is why a person's image is so important.. No matter what he does, he's just ugly to me now..

2. [+404, -14] You can hate ugly people. It's not right, but you're only human so it's possible. What's wrong, however, is expressing those thoughts in a magazine interview. It's not a mistake if you've said it more than once.

3. [+359, -12] I don't know who he's kidding with this 'unintentional' stuff..

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"So easy for a celebrity to ruin his career overnight..."

"He should've said he'll try to fix his views instead of saying it was a misunderstanding."

"Career's so over..."

"I really hate when models act like they're better than everyone and consider themselves celebrities when all they have to show for it is their body."

"For a public figure to lay out so explicitly the type of body he hates in a hypothetical woman is basically just an attack against his fans and the people who like him."

"People are pissed and he needs to salvage his career... I wonder what he's thinking right now. 'How pathetic of these losers to be pissing me off.'"

"This is why celebrities market themselves to be mysterious. It's so easy to expose yourself as being stupid or ignorant the more you talk on TV. Just shut up and do your job."

"He probably thinks the only people hating him are girls with thick thighs."

"The fact that he has physical traits that he likes and dislikes or prefers over others isn't the problem because everyone has their own standards of beauty. The problem is when he treats people differently based on just those physical traits alone."

Asia Today via Nate | netizenbuzz

I know Omona probably doesn't care about "this nugu" but OP is really sad and disgusted :C
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stephantasm 22nd-Jan-2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
ugh jesus

I really love reading netizen comments idky

Edited at 2013-01-22 05:46 pm (UTC)
markthatcoin 22nd-Jan-2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
They tell it like it is. As an American I feel like the closest version of this that we get is YouTube comments. Not even reddit.

I'm finding it impossible to word this comment, it's a good thing we don't have places like nate in the States lmao

Edited at 2013-01-22 06:30 pm (UTC)
sobaek 22nd-Jan-2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
"[+123, -2] Your excuse is pathetic. Didn't you say you hate pathetic people?"

+1
izabera 22nd-Jan-2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
Kim Young Kwang can kiss my big fat round ass
in_noctem 22nd-Jan-2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
"I know that it's not necessary to say things like this..."

So why did you? And on more than one occasion too. Idk why they're saying it's a misunderstanding and that he was joking BECAUSE IT WAS HIS BIRTHDAY. Is that really the best excuse? I didn't know it being your birthday gave you the permission to be an asshole.

No one liked him in White Christmas, no one's going to like him now.
ceecile 22nd-Jan-2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
I liked him :O
rabu_parade 22nd-Jan-2013 05:50 pm (UTC)
What a douchebag.
ohaimanabu 22nd-Jan-2013 05:50 pm (UTC)
lord the netizens spill the tea so hot it's amazing XD

but seriously this dude should have known better, whether it was a mistake on editing or not, he's still no stranger to saying this crap as evidenced by this entire article.

pretty shallow minded and douchey, if you ask me :|
some people..
consequences 22nd-Jan-2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
"This is why celebrities market themselves to be mysterious. It's so easy to expose yourself as being stupid or ignorant the more you talk on TV. Just shut up and do your job."

omfg lol
sobaek 22nd-Jan-2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
This comment is golden and applies to so many idols.
gloomyclock 22nd-Jan-2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
He sounds dumb. Not just his warped views, but that he would say this in interviews, and Vogue Girl of all magazines. And I liked him in Can We Get Married :C

"7. [+283, -8] Logging out from you" Lol, love this comment though.

Edited at 2013-01-22 05:54 pm (UTC)
ceecile 22nd-Jan-2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
Is that Song Ji Hyo in your icon?
es2pido 22nd-Jan-2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
He's not even good looking to begin with.
illuxtris MTE22nd-Jan-2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
This was going to be my only contribution to this post.
evilsquidx 22nd-Jan-2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
wtf, is he being for real. As a girl with short legs I will wear whatever the fuck I want tyvm.
crazyxcami 22nd-Jan-2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
He had such potential! Ugh why did he have to be a douche' ?!





Edited at 2013-01-22 05:58 pm (UTC)
ceecile 22nd-Jan-2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
MTE! :S
maximumtimo 22nd-Jan-2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
Wow I liked him but then he kinda disappeared (or I just didn't notice the things he did) ... He always looked like a dick, but I guess he really is one as well then.
ceecile 22nd-Jan-2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
He was in Can We Get Married with Sung Joon (2nd project together after White Christmas).
xalexandriam 22nd-Jan-2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
i am living for his backpedaling and these netizen comments.

the "so this is where the exit is..." one is killing me softly omg.

bless whoever created the netizen buzz blog. :')
momomoing 22nd-Jan-2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
that was my favorite comment too hahaha
tees2mai 22nd-Jan-2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
what an asshole

[+510, -28] This is why a person's image is so important.. No matter what he does, he's just ugly to me now..
same
meterstandkaart 22nd-Jan-2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
Who is this Sung Joon person? I feel saddest for him, because the guy actually drops his name...
ceecile 22nd-Jan-2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
Flawless man who would never. My heart would break T_T
http://omonatheydidnt.livejournal.com/10471713.html

*They worked together on White Christmas and Can We Get Married?

Edited at 2013-01-22 06:03 pm (UTC)
p_jae 22nd-Jan-2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
I want to see your 'before' pics & then judge you.
imyoona 22nd-Jan-2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
I think that's his perm. face.
Anna Banana 22nd-Jan-2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
Im his ideal type.

Im smart and cute. Unfortunately, he might not be able to get past my skinny jeans wearing thick calves. So there's that.
spread 22nd-Jan-2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
murderistx 22nd-Jan-2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
I am so disappointed. Ugh. I cant describe it
shanny_w 22nd-Jan-2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
There are better things to say to fill space in an interview. Why does he have to be like this?
meterstandkaart 22nd-Jan-2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
And I just wanted to add, he says "What I think is ugly is when women with thick thighs and short legs wear skinny jeans."

Thick thighs in skinny jeans are SO HOT. Gotta show off them curves.
ohaimanabu 22nd-Jan-2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
this dude obviously knows not of the amazement of a woman with curves and a little more in all the right places!
in_noctem 22nd-Jan-2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
"[+262, -7] You're living proof of the stereotype that models are stupid"

This is hilarious especially after reading Woobin's interview earlier today.

Btw this post is reminding me how hungry I am :(
episkia 22nd-Jan-2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
oops ot but could you link me??? ty in advance!
ashiva 22nd-Jan-2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
I've said this in almost every interview but whether they be a male or female, I like them to be pretty. I know that it's not necessary to say things like this but I'll look at someone's physical appearance and say, "I don't like that person. I don't think they'll match me."
o_O

He's gonna be strong contender for douche of the year title...

Edited at 2013-01-22 06:08 pm (UTC)
jaghatar 22nd-Jan-2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
and it's only january i am looking forward to an amazing year
ohaimanabu 22nd-Jan-2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
ITA.
markthatcoin 22nd-Jan-2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
This was really disappointing. He did a great job in White Christmas and I found him quite handsome as well. Impossible to respect him after this.
ohaimanabu 22nd-Jan-2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
it seriously upsets me to see people who look basically normal and down to earth turn out to be so ignorant, have such vile opinions and vitriol to spew towards others who are different, ugh i have no hope ;m;

shineebambi 22nd-Jan-2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
My first thought was I want to run to Korea and jiggle all my leg fat right in front of his face until he pukes and then let him sit in it and laugh at him.
icedevil0289 22nd-Jan-2013 06:44 pm (UTC)
dead and gone
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