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Posted by beansss AKP STAFF 24 days ago

Actor Jung Woo Sung apologizes for comparing 'SKY Castle' actress Yeom Jung Ah to a flower

On January 24, actor Jung Woo Sung took to his personal Instagram to issue an apology for his previous words. 

During a previous interview in light of his new film 'Innocent Witness', Jung Woo Sung mentioned fellow actress Yeom Jung Ah, who has been receiving endless praise for her acting in the trending drama 'SKY Castle'. Jung Woo Sung said, "She proved with her entire body that flowers do not wither." 

However, some netizens found this statement problematic and claimed that it was sexist to compare a woman to a flower. 

Jung Woo Sung wrote in his apology, "First, I deeply thank everyone for your affectionate criticism. Regardless of the intent of the person who expressed a thought, I believe that if one who encountered this thought found it to be uncomfortable, then that thought must be rejected in the spirit of progress, and the speaker must apologize. Through this experience, I will make efforts to look back on the discriminatory phrases and expressions which are being used in our society today subconsciously. I thank you all once again for your good lesson, and I offer my deepest apologies for the discomfort you felt." 



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apmmpa 24 days ago 0
24 days ago

I don't see any problem with his comment though... it's just a metaphor, just comparing flower someone beautiful, I personally would compare a flower to anyone beautiful, no matter male or female... even the koreans say 꽃미남 (flower boy / pretty boy), which is definitely NOT sexist.....

I don't know about KPop but JPop uses flower as a metaphor in many many songs which are all very positive...


花は咲く Flowers Will Bloom

世界に一つだけの花 Sekai ni hitotsu dake no hana (The Only Flower in the World)


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THEdragonslayer 24 days ago 0
24 days ago

regardless of all that, his apology is very beautifally written.

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yoo_seojin 24 days ago 0
24 days ago

When was complementing a person by comparing them to a "beautiful" object such as a flower considered sexist?

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booitsjwu 24 days ago 1
24 days ago

K-netizens overreact over an innocuous compliment between colleagues, more at 7.

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annabts 24 days ago 0
24 days ago

it’s not just netizens. I’ve seen tonnes of feminazis also being offended by being called a flower.

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hbarcenas 24 days ago 0
24 days ago

Flower is an offensive word, got it.

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jeyjin 24 days ago 0
24 days ago

It’s bad to compare women to flowers now? ...Ok I guess...

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Arlandria 24 days ago 0
24 days ago

Can anyone explain how flower is offensive there? Because I've seen idols compliment each other as a flower...

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teleri 24 days ago 0
24 days ago

So over this kind of nonsense. What a lovely compliment he gave her! I swear, I happen to be an old school feminist, and these damn snowflakes nowadays who get offended by EVERYTHING, seem to hate all men, are diluting the force brought on REAL problems - like, you know, sentences for sex offenders (real ones, proven guilty) being wayyyy to lenient, or unequal rules in the workplace. Let's focus on THOSE instead of ruffling up feathers everytime a guy looks at you sideways :(

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manongja 24 days ago 0
24 days ago

Stop apologizing to these nitwits

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Jk4lls 24 days ago 0
24 days ago

this is why i hate todays society. everything is offensive to everyone.

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yangshyeonin 24 days ago 0
24 days ago

Nowadays whatever he said or do never please those knetz.

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lord_of_thunder 24 days ago 0
24 days ago

feminazis getting triggered

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Amarisakwon 24 days ago 0
24 days ago

Witch ass netizens! I'm so sick of them😤😤😤😤

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iBangChan 24 days ago 0
24 days ago

I think its problematic because women want to escape that "be a flower all the time, your job in life is to be pretty not talented" box

it would be better if he had said she was talented (and also not mentioned age. men don't have to prove that they haven't "withered" they are respected regardless of age)

its nice of him to understand that

thats what progress is about

more men should be like him. try to understand instead of getting mad all the time

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Ohboy69 24 days ago 2
24 days ago

It's not that flower is an offensive word, obviously. However, flowers are fragile things that are only considered pretty when "young" and fresh. Age discrimination against women in Korea (and many other countries, but it's very visible there) is a huge problem. He meant no harm, but he should've worded it better, since his words inadvertently implied that it's surprising an older woman still got it.

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RebeccaB 23 days ago 1
23 days ago

I understand what you said but in a society which is common the expression 'flower boy-girl-woman' , Don't you think is easy that many people don't realize that isn't a compliment?

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Ohboy69 23 days ago 0
23 days ago

It really isn't a thing in all countries... In mine, for one, it isn't :) Even compliments have to be worded properly, because they will lose their meaning.

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Irena_Lia 24 days ago 0
24 days ago
better compare her to poop... suits her just fine :)
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