October 30, 2006 12:51
Actress Hwang Soo-jung (34), who withdrew from public life after charges of illegal drug use in 2001, recently kicked up a fresh controversy on the Internet after it emerged that she was a part of a music video. Five years after the incident, Hwang was selected to star in the video for the sixth album of singer WAX. After her arrest in 2001 Hwang stopped all acting, but recently she has tried, until now to no avail, to get her career rolling again.
"Are we supposed to indulge her just because a few years have passed and she is a star?" one irate Netizen demanded. "I'm against her comeback." But others thought she has paid her debt to society.
On portal Media Daum, one visitor was unforgiving. "Not being able to be on TV or in the movies for five years is all she gets? Let her just think about what she did for the rest of her life." Another user said her appearance "shows evidence that our society is getting apathetic to immorality and guilt, and is a clear demonstration that order and moral standards are crumbling in our society."
"If the broadcasting and movie industry open the doors to those who caused trouble, even to the point of drug use, to help them get back to work, it's the same as granting them a carte blanche," a stern moralist said on portal site Naver. "If they do, there will be more followers who give themselves up to the kind of wrongdoings and expect to get around the punishment." But another user warned of such lack of charity. "Over the past five years, she must have gone through hard times," the message said. "This whole thing reminds me of Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'Scarlet Letter.'"
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