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Son Yeon Jae apologizes for liking Adelina Sotnikova's gold medal photo on Instagram

Son Yeon Jae
Son Yeon Jae apologized for her controversial Instagram activity. 

Recently, the rhythmic gymnast received heavy criticism for liking Adelina Sotnikova's gold medal photo from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Son Yeon Jae shut down her Instagram in response to the hate but then came back with an apology on January 30 KST.

Son Yeon Jae stated, 

"Hello, this is Son Yeon Jae. First, I apologize for causing concerns. Yesterday, I was so surprised by all the malicious comments on my Instagram so I deactivated my account. I took such action because I'm currently overseas and I suddenly remembered the past days where I struggled greatly with malicious comments. When I got myself together, I realized that my Instagram account has liked Adelina Sotnikova's photo. I was also very shocked. I sincerely apologize for disappointing everyone with my mistake. I think I've disappointed many even more by getting startled and deactivating my account without getting things straight. To be honest, I was very scared. It was hard to say anything. There are people who negatively perceive no matter what I say so it was hard for me to bring up the courage and I wasn't able to speak up til now. However, it's something that occurred with my account so I believed I need to apologize with a message like this at least. I sincerely apologize. Through this incident, I will deeply reflect, look back on my actions, and make sure such happening doesn't occur again. I will also be more cautious from now on and show an improved self. I will work hard to not hurt the people who have always trusted and supported me."

Despite Son Yeon Jae's apologize, netizens are continuing to criticize her, commenting, "You do not mess with Kim Yuna, even if it's a mistake...", "She said she realized she has liked a photo when she got herself together LOL Does she think we're stupid? And what kind of apology is that?", "We're not stupid;; Is this an apology or an excuse?"

안녕하세요, 손연재입니다. 먼저, 심려를 끼쳐드려 정말 죄송합니다. 저는 어제 갑작스레 저의 인스타그램에 많은 악플이 이어졌던 것을 보고 너무 당황하고 놀란 나머지 계정을 비활성화했습니다. 현재 해외에 혼자 체류중인 상황인데다 과거 악플로 인해 너무나 힘들었던 시기가 갑작스레 떠올랐고 당황하고 겁이 나 그런 조치를 취하고 말았습니다. 그리고 정신을 차리고 살펴보니 저의 인스타그램 아이디로 소트니코바의 사진에 좋아요가 눌렸다는 것을 알게 되어 저 또한 너무 놀랐습니다. 저의 실수로 여러분께 실망감을 안겨드리게되어 정말 죄송합니다. 제가 그 당시 많이 당황하여 바로 잡지 못하고 비활성화를 하면서 상황을 더욱 악화시켜 여러분께 더 실망감을 안겨드린것같습니다.사실 많이 두려웠습니다. 어떠한 얘기를 드리기도 어려웠습니다. 제가 어떤 얘기를 드렸을 때 안좋게 생각하시는 분들도 계시기에 용기내기가 어려워 지금까지 어떠한 말도 드릴수없었습니다. 그래도 저의 계정으로 인해 일어난 일에대한 책임은 저에게 있기에 용기내어 이렇게 글로라도 죄송함을 전달드려야겠다고 생각했습니다. 진심으로 사과의 말씀을 올립니다. 이번 일을 통해 깊이 저의 행동을 돌아보며 다시는 이런 일이 벌어지지 않도록 깊이 반성하겠습니다. 또 앞으로 더욱 신중하게 행동하며 발전하는 모습 보여드리겠습니다. 부족한 저를 항상 믿고 지지해주시는 분들께 더이상 상처를 드리지 않도록 더욱 노력하겠습니다.

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