A statement MBLAQ's Lee Joon made several months ago on Mnet's "Kim Sooro's Special Class for Prestigious Universities" has caused a controversy amongst netizens. Last September, the members of MBLAQ were asked to debate the topic of the ethics behind chemically castrating child sex offenders. Lee Joon began by arguing on the side opposing chemical castrations by explaining, "Imagine that I committed a crime like this. I know I won't, but on accident. And then I get married. (After you serve) and become a free person, it's so sad for the person to not be able to live a happy life because of the chemical castration." Member G.O. retorted, "Do you really think that the victim can continue to live a happy life after the attack? You're saying that the rapist should be able to get married and live a happy life?" Visibly surprised, Lee Joon switched over to the side supporting chemical castrations and stated, "Sex offenders really do ruin the entire life of one person." A representative of J. Tune Camp stated on February 14th, "At the time of the debate, Lee Joon was put on the opposing team. In order to fulfill his role, it seems what he said has brought about misunderstanding. He did not state it in defense of child sex offenders." Netizens who discovered the episode commented, "He said it without any thought," "Even if he's on the opposing side of the debate, he said it without reserve," "Since he changed his position, he probably didn't mean any harm with what he said, just said it without any thought," and "Lee Joon is not supporting rapists, he is simply making a statement for the sake of the debate." Source: SPN, JoongAng via Nate
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Posted byMonday, February 14, 2011
MBLAQ's Lee Joon caught in controversy over child sex offenders comment during debate
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