11:15 pm - 07/04/2012

Netizens reach a new low: suspect Ulala Session's Yuntaek of lying about cancer diagnosis

Ulala Session’s Yuntaek tries to clear up rumors refuting his cancer diagnosis

On the July 4th episode of SBS‘s ‘One Night in TV Entertainment‘, Ulala Session‘s Yuntaek tried to clear up some unfortunate rumors surrounding his health.

As fans already know, Yuntaek was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer, but with his upbeat and lively personality and performances on TV, some started to question whether if he was indeed suffering from cancer like it had been reported.

Yuntaek expressed, “A lot of people didn’t believe that I had cancer because they saw me promoting as a singer on TV.”

To help clear things up, his doctor came on air to discuss Yuntaek’s health, stating, “He is diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer and is past the point of recovery.”

Despite the clear up, some still seemed to doubt whether he was telling the truth. Yuntaek stated, “I think it’s funny that I even have to explain myself on TV like this.” When asked how his current condition was, he replied, “Do you want me to explain my state honestly, or give you a made-for-TV reply? Because if I answer honestly, it’ll get sad.”

He continued, “It’s hard for me. After our schedules, the members will massage me while I rest in bed. It’s also hard having to deal with the different side effects every time I switch anticancer treatments.”

To the people that still don’t believe his battle with cancer, Yuntaek expressed, “I can understand why they would think that. But I think it’s strange that I have to explain that it is true that I’m sick. It’s like saying I’m a man when I am in fact a man.”

Source + Photos: Newsen via Nate | allkpop

Seriously, how do you even question something like this...to the point where he even had to bring his doctor in.
in_noctem 5th-Jul-2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
It sucks that he even had to do this. Didn't he take a break from Immortal Song because of his health?
ashyvt 5th-Jul-2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
what even IS this bs
asth77 5th-Jul-2012 01:16 pm (UTC)
wtf this is disgusting who the fuck dared.
mearii87 5th-Jul-2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
falling_empress 5th-Jul-2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
are you fucking kidding me?

jw cuz i don't really know anything about him/who he is--i suppose he does look rather healthy for someone going through cancer treatments? not to say i don't believe him, but if he can still get up and do appearances and stuff he's fucking lucky his health is good enough to compensate for the chemo or radiotherapy they're doing for him. i hope he's in that 2-3% that gets better :(

Edited at 2012-07-05 02:09 pm (UTC)
in_noctem 5th-Jul-2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
He definitely looks healthier now but I remember seeing him on tv late last year and he looked really sickly. I too hope he gets better but his health seems to have gotten better after he had surgery I think.

falling_empress 5th-Jul-2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
that's fucked up that he still had to make appearances and stuff while he was going through treatment. my mom couldn't even go down the stairs some day, let alone breathe practically. honestly, the netizens comments are sick but i shudder at the thought of working for a company that wouldn't allow you the dignity to rest.
in_noctem 5th-Jul-2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
Tbh I think he himself wanted to make appearances on shows and stuff. They turned down major label offers after winning Superstar K3 and started their own company. He talked about his treatment and attending schedules here if you're interested :)

falling_empress 5th-Jul-2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
Oh that's good for him =) I suppose if you were afraid you could die you'd want to seize the opportunity to make your mark and fulfill your life happily. thanks for the link~
aussiebaka 6th-Jul-2012 12:53 am (UTC)
These pictures make me sad because they remind me of just how terrible my teacher looked when he was going through some sort of illness (we weren't allowed to know what it was, but there was a lot of speculation of cancer) - probably the best teacher I ever had and to think about the way he deteriorated in my second year ... gah, the tears. ㅠ_ㅠ,
baeby_bloo_skys 5th-Jul-2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
I watched SSK3 and it was really shocking to see his dramatic weight loss during it. At their audition he was on the normal/slightly stocky side, and as the competition progressed, he just got skinnier and skinnier. The cap posted above is probably when he was at his skinniest, and it looks like he's starting to gain some weight back again.
He's stated before that sometimes he can't do Immortal Song because he's just not in a good enough condition, and more often than not it's the other three members that appear only. He also discussed how people wonder how he has hair, but that his new treatment/medicine doesn't lead to hair loss anymore.

Sorry for the long comment, it just makes me frustrated that these netizens think that just because he's not listless or confined to a hospital bed he must be completely healthy. Not that you were implying that of course - I just think you bring up a good point that people could unfortunately turn against him.
falling_empress 5th-Jul-2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the pic above and the pic from the OP you can tell he's gaining some weight back. People don't realize that there are different forms of chemo, and not all of them make you lose your hair...it depends on which medicine you get based on what kind of cancer you have. Or if he had surgery or radiotherapy, there are many advances...and even if he did lose his hair, there are wigs I mean seriously come on...this is 2012.

This really is a new low to accuse someone of not being sick, right after accusing another artist of not going to a certain respected school in America etc. You'd think netizens could at least research cancer if they have enough time to sit there and point fingers all day.
jenna_lovesyou 5th-Jul-2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
the fact that he had to explain himself is ridiculous, jesus christ.
asnindie 5th-Jul-2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
People are always gross like this on the net, best to ignore them rather than feed their bullshit.
angelynn_virus 5th-Jul-2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
You own no one's explaination! especially not those cruel jerks.
This is just plainly and disgustingly ridiculous, goshhh!!!!
ayumikoshiro 5th-Jul-2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
All I have are tears about this article. Damn evil netizens and I hope he gets better and/or lives the remainder of his life making the music he wants to. It's obvious that he's continuing with his schedules and whatnot because he's attempting to accomplish everything he's ever wanted to as long as he can.
akita_ino 5th-Jul-2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
yes! I have no idea why those netizens can't see that. yes, he's still doing schedules. and why? cause he doesn't know how long he can keep going.

some people are just horrible. damn.
hipployta 5th-Jul-2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
He has already said he is trying to live his life the best he can
mssenidia 5th-Jul-2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
So since his Dr. said he is past the point of recovery, it will be just a short time before the cancer kills him right? And people were attacking him so much he felt the need to defend the truth of his death sentence?! Wow, some people....i just can't.....
geniebsmart 5th-Jul-2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
I admire him for having such a strong will like that. I want a will like his. Keep doing what you do, Yuntaek!
riot_o_curls 5th-Jul-2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
haha, wow. good job random people in the internet. would like photos of said cancer to shut you up? despite how cancer treatments can make a person weak, there will be those stubborn ones who want to live their life as it was. respect that choice.
scubajr 5th-Jul-2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
It's articles like this that make me lose my faith in society.
frequency 5th-Jul-2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
people are the worst.
izabera 5th-Jul-2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
They should never have interviewed the oncologist. He doesn't owe an explanation or any kind of proof to netizens.

I can't believe that in 2012 there are still people who don't understand you can have a serious or even terminal illness and still make the most of your life.
tokadah 5th-Jul-2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
are they gonna wait for him to die first then believe him? jfc netizens. y'all are just plain cold-blooded.
deerlike 5th-Jul-2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
What the fuck. Why are they like this?
katzsong 5th-Jul-2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Netizens should watch the late Randy Pausch lecture and look at how "healthy" he seemed to be, though he was vomiting his gut out the night before his last lecture.
Younger people tolerate the side effects of chemotherapy better, plus the newer (and more expensive) chemotherapy have less side effects (less nausea, less hair loss, etc). And this guy want to put up a good show. He wanted to show his best side and live his moments. For crying out loud, let him be!
dharawal 6th-Jul-2012 04:56 am (UTC)
I have no words...

That poor poor man, and those absolute arseholes who are questioning whether he is ill or not.

Perhaps he just wants to live as normal a life as is possible for him in the time he has left.

I just don't get people sometimes.
lonelymoon 6th-Jul-2012 05:07 am (UTC)
Stage 4? Isn't that just a matter of when he'll die now? The netizens will feel pretty stupid when he dies.

Either that or they'll try to refute his death too. People really need to get a life.
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