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YG Entertainment makes an official apology for takedown requests regarding Kang Dong Won's ancestral history

By KpopJoA   Friday, March 3, 2017   74,046   2,922   151
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On March 3, YG Entertainment made an official statement about actor Kang Dong Won's recent controversy, "We would like to deeply apologize for the recent stir up and alarm in the takedown requests for posts related to actor Kang Dong Won's ancestral history."


YG Entertainment explained, "On February 27, movie media portal site Max Movie revealed information on the actors' personal background in which we went ahead and requested that the information be removed from the message boards upon review.  Also, we took immediate action following the incident in order to block further leakages into other media outlets, portals, and blogs."


They continued, "It appears a complaint was filed through a netizen who happened to share the article, which heightened the issue even more.  We apologize once again to fans for the inconvenience and will do all that we can to take responsibility for such actions."


Also, "In regards to Kang Dong Won's great grandfather, we are unable to disclose any information as we are still in the confirmation process. We sincerely apologize for the alarm once again."


Meanwhile, netizens were shocked when they discovered actor Kang Dong Won's pro-Japanese ancestral history.


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krell Sunday, March 5, 2017

Kang Dong Won has now *personally* issued an additional statement saying that he had 'no idea' of his Grandfather's background as a JAPAN sympathizer during occupation of KOREA. Hopefully, AKP will be doing *another* follow up Article that includes his KDW statement.

krell Sunday, March 5, 2017

As observation, (my view) YGe Agency did *FAIL* here with regard to KANG DONG WON's situation. The Grandfather was 'officially' *placed* on some kind of JAPAN SYMPATHIZERS LIST in Year 2009. Which, once *that* happens, YG Agency *and* KANG DONG WON *should* be thinking to INVESTIGATE *all* of it *very* carefully. With an 'eye towards' having the 'best explanation' (spin?) on it that KANG DONG WON can do it. INSTEAD, apparently, they did NOTHING to investigate it. And now, their 'story' is that they had 'no idea' about it. So, *that* somehow justifies them trying to BURY IT ALL as best they could. Which, clearly, that 'strategy' has 'back fired' on them. However, this is the GRANDFATHER that we are speaking of it here ; and *not* KANG DONG WON. But unfortunately, it all comes across as a *possible* situation where they (YGe and KDW) PLANNED to try to 'cover it up.' Which now, it is *not* even clear to me that YGe and KDW can even *prove* that they 'did NOT know' as they claim it. They *might* have been better off to *pick* a time in the past (remember, this was 'known' somewhat since Year 2009) to DISCLOSE all of this *long ago* with some kind of 'explanation' and 'apology' as best they could do it. INSTEAD, it gets 'SPRUNG' on them ; and they have NO REAL *coordinated* and PROPERLY PLANNED response to it. Other than trying to SILENCE people as best they could do it. It seems a SAD way for this situation to be handled.

Lynnbia Saturday, March 4, 2017

Did AKP just add the 'Edit' button ?? YG's appology effect :o :o

Erisadesu Saturday, March 4, 2017

So they are angry over the fact that he is a great grandson of  a traitor but they vote the granddaughter of a dictator for their president.. Double standards.

YoUrAvErAgEVIP Erisadesu Saturday, March 4, 2017

Agreed

meiyuncherry Erisadesu Saturday, March 4, 2017

well not really a double standard, because the dictator is credited with significantly increasing the wealth of korea (by expanding its economy and getting financial incentives through the vietnam war) and building infrastructure

krell meiyuncherry Sunday, March 5, 2017

@meiyuncherry <-- (Joking) MONEY *TRUMPS* MORALITY a LOT of the time! ... Who knows, maybe THE DONALD did say that on his USA TV Show ??? ...

Erisadesu meiyuncherry Monday, March 6, 2017

there isn't anything good about a dictator that's why we call him a dictator not a pm or president. Besides as history proves his granddaughter did a lot of side illegal works as we see now. But hey if you like to have a government that wasn't elected by democratic procedures help your self and move to a country with a Dictator.

krell Erisadesu Monday, March 6, 2017

With the USA, Franklin D. Roosevelt was USA President for years 1933-1945 (12 years continuous until death). And look at the BUSH Family, with (4 Years) 'Daddy' and 'Little' (8 Years) being USA Presidents. And 'Daddy's' FATHER = PRESCOTT BUSH being a USA SENATOR. And the *other* BUSH son = JEB running for nomination against TRUMP in 2016. And how about BILL and HILLARY CLINTON coming *very* close to doing the HUSBAND (8 Years), followed by WIFE as USA PRESIDENT for at least 4 years. It is NOT as though the USA is this exactly 'wide open' political game either. Although, I have to admit that OBAMA and TRUMP seem a bit more 'out of nowhere' as USA Presidents.

miki96 Saturday, March 4, 2017

I feel like I'm missing something, can someone enlighten me about the blog post?

Erisadesu miki96 Saturday, March 4, 2017

Kang Dong Won is known to be the great-grandson of Chinilpa- a group of Koreans who were pro-Japanese and collaborated with Japan during the Japanese occupation of Korea. His great-grandfather Lee Jong Man gained immense wealth by supporting the Japanese. It is also alleged that Lee Jong Man financially supported the creation of comfort women. " in few words he was a pro japanese traitor

canuhearmyheart Erisadesu Sunday, March 5, 2017

didn't most of the chaebols/rich people get their wealth from being Japanese supporters??

Mayumi_Jupiter Saturday, March 4, 2017

what good is YG's doing steps about the issue. official apology was release, I also couldn't judge the guy because of his ancestors doing. I hope everything should be fixed soon.

YoUrAvErAgEVIP Mayumi_Jupiter Saturday, March 4, 2017

Except America does.

Fixara_Franco Saturday, March 4, 2017

Well he looked japanese to me but nah, who cares about that ancestral thing. Let's move on with our life bc we got bills to pay and stomach to fill.

kpoplolita Saturday, March 4, 2017

in regards to 2007 interview --> read rest on asianjunkie

kpoplolita Saturday, March 4, 2017

"That said, there are a bunch of factors that potentially lead to this to being blown out of proportion, many of which Dispatch themselves mention. For starters, his praise for his great-grandfather was said two years prior to said great-grandfather being finalized on the list of pro-Japanese collaborators in 2009 — that can still be seen as an issue depending on whether one believes Kang Dong Won knew or not, but judging by his recent shame about all this, I’m guessing he didn’t — and there is reportedly no such thing as classes of pro-Japanese collaborators. Additionally, because it’s the most modern of issues, being associated through his ancestor with the plight of comfort women was a mover in this even though it turned out that was false. Also, Kang Dong Won didn’t appear to benefit at all from his great-grandfather’s wealth, so the accusations of him getting to where he is today and having the easy life appear unfounded.”

Exo_Leia Saturday, March 4, 2017

I don't think he's really going to come out of this situation...

kpoplolita Friday, March 3, 2017

i dont think any of u get how its a lose lose situation for KDW/YGE. At least they apologized but ya'll are crazy if u expect them to do more. they have to lay low now

kpoplolita Friday, March 3, 2017

yg HAS to do whatever they can to defend him, THEY KNOW knetz will not let this shit go (understandably) they have experience with scandals and they are doing it the only way they know how, conceal (which btw ANY company would do). Now they have apologized & u cannot EXPECT KDW to say anything more. He will always be judged for his families past and his offspring & so on will forever be attacked for generations to come. THAT is what MaxMovies blog intentionally/unintentionally did. KDW along with other ppl named DO NOT deserve to have their names outed this way. i.e. u expose to everyone someone in ur school is an HIV baby. Its a fact, yes, but you are making THAT person a target of hate/discrimination as we are seeing with KDW. "im sorry i am an HIV baby, i still care about my parents even though they gave me this sickness." i dont think ANY of you will understand it. there are movies and documentaries about current generations who dealt with their nazi/backstabbing/traitor to the nation elders, but in a twisted way there was still love/care. but fuck it, u guys must be so blessed to not have any relatives with bad reputation in your families. bravo. BUT KDW and more do and he didnt realize what he said 10 yrs ago would come back and haunt him THIS way.

angsvanut Friday, March 3, 2017

He is a perfect man with great talent and clean hx. They must hide his grandpa hx to protect him from hater. Is it too easy too see

subjn95 angsvanut Saturday, March 4, 2017

I believe many celebrities even for male acknowledge him and call him God KDW. I'm a fan of YG artists and KDW as well but I kinda know from the beginning at least once in his life he would get in trouble after joining YG =='

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